Kathleen is currently a National Board Certified Teacher, a Georgia Master Teacher, and Middle Years Programme Coordinator at Ridgeview International Baccalaureate Charter School in Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia. She has served as a Teacher Trustee on the AMLE board for six years, and has also served as a team leader in the Georgia Schools to Watch Program. Kathleen completed her Ed.D. with a research focus on school improvement and the impact of character education on student perceptions, and an Ed.S. with a focus on Social Studies and Language Arts. Kathleen believes that she can responsively represent middle level educators as they face the many challenges and opportunities that present themselves daily in the middle school environment.
South Region Trustee
Dr. Waddell works directly with six high priority middle schools in the Nashville Metropolitan School District as the Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools program director, math content instructor and in-class coach. Working closely with urban middle school teachers has expanded her middle level teacher education expertise, in professional development, research, and classroom coaching. With this extensive background, joining AMLE as a trustee would allow Dr. Waddell to share her years of middle level expertise as well as continue to build on her middle level background knowledge.
Holly Thornton is a middle level professor of 17 years at Appalachian State. She has been a 6th grade teacher, served on the AMLE Board of Trustees, as the president of North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education, as a board member of North Carolina and Georgia Middle Level Associations and was a National Professors of Middle Level Education officer. She has served as a Collegiate Middle Level Association advisor. She has published multiple articles in Middle School Journal and RMLE. She has worked to promote middle level education throughout her career and would like to continue to do so as an AMLE board member.
Trustee to Represent Teachers, South and East Regions
Emily Raper is a Language Arts teacher and cheerleading coach at Cleveland Middle School in Tennessee. She has a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education and is completing her Master of Education in Instructional Leadership. She served as a charter member and President of her college chapter of the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) and has attended multiple CMLA/AMLE Conferences. AMLE was instrumental in developing Raper’s passion for middle level education, and she wishes to further AMLE’s mission and goals in the South and East regions as a teacher representative.
Ian Bleakney is a Nationally Board Certified sixth grade math and science teacher at Colchester Middle School. He has more than twenty years of experience in education and more than a decade working in middle schools. Ian has worked extensively with culturally diverse populations and spent three years teaching math and science (in Spanish) in a dual immersion middle school. Ian has served on the leadership teams at each of his schools and participates in the Vermont Middle Grades Collaborative each summer. He has served as both a mentor teacher and math coach.