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Central High School Teacher Named Tennessee Educator Fellow

Valeta Norris
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) recently announced its selection of Central High School English teacher, Valeta Norris, as one of the inaugural members of its Tennessee Educator Fellowship.

According to SCORE, the Tennessee Educator Fellowship “brings together a diverse group of 22 educators from across the state who are passionate about their profession and student-focused education policy. During a one-year term, the Tennessee Educator Fellows learn about, reflect upon and inform the
policies, practices and systems that affect student achievement and educator effectiveness. They also serve as liaisons between their colleagues, their communities, policymakers and advocates as Tennessee continues the work of improving educational outcomes for all students.”

Norris has taught in the Knox County Schools for more than 20 years and is a member of the Knox County Schools Teacher Advisory Committee. “I am thrilled to represent Knox County at the state level, and I’m looking forward to networking with others about the current issues in Tennessee education,” said Norris. “I want to encourage constant communication from the classroom all the way to the state department to promote transparency and consistency, and I hope this will be an opportunity for greater communication among educators, policymakers and parents,” she said. “My goal is to widen my perspective and, in turn, better educate my students.”

The 22 Tennessee Educator Fellows were selected out of 350 applicants. They will meet several times this year in Nashville beginning in September.

As part of her Tennessee Educator Fellow responsibilities, Norris will be gathering feedback from students, parents, staff and other community members about education issues.