At Teach For America and the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE), we’ve seen firsthand the tremendous impact that great teachers have on their students’ academic and personal achievements. There are few things more powerful than an excellent educator, and we are thrilled to celebrate those who continue to devote their talent and time to opening doors of opportunity for students.
The mission of Teach For America is to ensure all children have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. With over 10,000 Teach For America alumni working toward this mission everyday as classroom teachers, we are honored to recognize 8 as this year’s Excellence in Teaching awardees.
The awardees come from different backgrounds, take different approaches to their classroom, and model our core values of Transformational Change, Leadership, Team, Diversity, and Respect and Humility. They teach across a wide range of grades, content areas, ability levels, and schools – since the award’s inception, we’ve also seen a balance of recipients across charter schools and traditional district schools serving low-income children and families. While each has made a profound impact on students in their own classrooms and beyond, no two are the same and they are all reflective of the diversity of thought among our alumni teachers.
These teachers are just a small sample of educators proving what is possible when we provide students with the opportunities, supports, and guidance to succeed. NAATE provides top teachers with an intense program that balances instructional mastery and leadership. We are proud to welcome this year’s awardees into the upcoming cohort.
You’ll be hearing a lot more from these educators as they embark upon a year-long ambassadorship, representing their students, schools, and communities in professional learning opportunities provided as NAATE program Teacher Fellows. They’ll also be sharing these experiences right here on Pass the Chalk during the 2014-15 school year.
Without further ado, let’s get to know them.