Looking Forward to 2016

We asked members of our Teacher Advisory Council to share why they’re excited about 2016. Here’s what they had to say about the year ahead.

Regina Peery

Regina teaches kindergarten at McDowell Elementary in Maury County.

In 2016,  I look forward to teaching beside my students, providing ways for my students to feel success every day, giving my students hope for better tomorrows, and making a full recovery from a severe cycling accident I had in the summer.  I am going to get there, and so are my students.

Regina will be sharing more of her story in a blog post coming this January.

Karen Kelley

Karen teaches social studies and psychology at Pigeon Forge High School in Sevier County.

I am excited to continue to watch my U.S. history students grow and learn in 2016. This school year is the first time I have taught a year-long class. Eight of the students in this class are English Learners. It has been exciting to see the progress many have made with their acquisition of the English language, as well as their mastery of learning objectives.

Ashley Carter

Ashley Carter

Ashley teaches third grade at John Adams Elementary in Kingsport City Schools.

In 2016, I am most excited about working on my dissertation. I will be conducting a qualitative content analysis of the teacher leader models that have been submitted by districts in Tennessee.  This comparative analysis will hopefully give us more insight into how districts are implementing the teacher leader model standards and what choices districts have when creating a model that will support their strategic plan.

Bekah Haren

Bekah teaches English and journalism at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport City Schools

In 2016, I am most looking forward to seeing AP enrollment grow as we continue to broaden and diversify student access to rigorous AP programs.

Cathy Whitehead

Cathy teaches third grade at West Chester Elementary in Chester County and is the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

I am most looking forward to the Caldecott Challenge in 2016.  Our class has decided that we’re going to try to read all of the Caldecott Award winning books this year, and I can’t wait to see my kids dig into the best of the best when it comes to children’s literature. January lends itself to challenges like this, and cold winter afternoons are the perfect times to curl up with a good book!

Kyle Prince

9/9/15 Kyle PrinceCentral Magnet School

Kyle is a math teacher at Central Magnet School in Rutherford County and is the 2015-16 Middle Tennessee Grand Division Teacher of the Year.

I am looking forward to making connections between new ideas and those made in the first semester. Forming the bridge between new and previous concepts will allow my students to begin to see mathematics as a connected whole instead of a set of disjointed parts.

Adam Moss

Adam teaches math at Arnold Memorial Elementary in Cleveland City Schools and is the 2015-16 East Tennessee Grand Division Teacher of the Year.

For 2016 I am excited about the future of education in Tennessee!

Over the past five or so years we have made a lot of progress, some of which can be measured and some of which cannot. This is a pivotal year as we work on revising our current standards to tailor them more specifically to Tennessee. We are joining the rest of the modern era as we dip our toes into the waters of online assessment. 2016 will go down in the history books as a year of importance for students, educators, and communities. I am excited to see where we will be!

Shannon Street

Shannon teaches English language arts at Cannon County High School in Woodbury, TN.

A new year means a new semester of students with whom I can share Self-regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) writing strategies while I improve on the lessons and strategies that I gave my former students. Reflecting and adjusting are always some of my favorite parts of teaching!

Karen Vogelsang

Karen Vogelsang SLIDER

Karen teaches fourth grade at Riverwood Elementary in Shelby County and was the 2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

In 2016, I hope I can further engage my students to get excited about learning! When a child is engaged and excited about learning, they are nothing short of unstoppable. It’s my job to make that happen.