7th Grade Math Teacher
Mabelle B Avery Middle School
1. Name the key responsibilities in your current role
I teach five classes, three on grade level math and 2 advanced math classes. I am also team leader, so I attend team leader council, organize a team agenda and help communicate between the administration and the team. I am also the assistant director/choreographer for our high school drama club. I enjoy this because it allows me to continue to work with my students as they move on to the high school.
2. Describe either your professional preparation, experience or achievements
One of the most rewarding experiences was being nominated teacher of the year for my district. I was part of the top 15 cohort for the 2014 Teacher of the Year. As part of this group, we served as an advisory board to the department of education. I was able to help impact legislation and decisions that were made regarding curriculum and teacher evaluation. Several organizations around our state including the Mohegan Tribe, Mystic Seaport and Aquarium found ways to celebrate the teacher, it was truly an honor to represent the teacher in my district.
3. Describe the biggest challenge you're currently facing in middle level education
The number of state and national mandates that have been put on teachers has made our jobs very difficult. It seems that every professional development day is filled with learning a new system, test or standard. While I understand the importance of making sure that our students are meeting standards, I feel that it some of the mandates have taken away from our ability as professionals to be creative and innovative.
4. Share what you do for fun when not in school
I enjoy a wide range of hobbies including various crafts, hiking, dancing/choreographing, and eating good food ... especially with friends.
5. Tell us why you are a member of AMLE
When I finished my Master's degree in middle level education, I knew that I needed to stay connected to the wider middle level community, AMLE is the perfect way to do that. I am to learn from my colleagues across the country, and world, sharing my own classroom ideas and strategies, while bringing back new things to my students. I feel that AMLE helps me stay current with new research and strategies, and helps me be a better educator.