Four Knox County Teachers Selected for Leadership Fellows Program
Educators from four schools in Knox County have been chosen as a 2017-18 Hope Street Group Tennessee State Teacher Fellow to provide leadership voice in education policy.
The fellows selected from Knox County Schools are:
- Ashely Corey – West High School
- Amy Crawford – West Valley Middle School
- Al Feldblum – Karns High School
- Lynnsey Metcalf – Sterchi Elementary School
“It’s exciting to see the growth of the Tennessee State Teacher Fellows Program, and how teacher leadership has blossomed in our great state,” said Keilani Goggins, Tennessee State Teacher Fellow Program Director. “Educator insight is critical when it comes to crafting meaningful education policy. I’m confident that this cohort of teacher leaders will do exceptional work engaging their peers and gathering input, while providing actionable recommendations to our partners.”
The four KCS teachers join 20 new fellows along with thousands of teachers across the state who are increasing teacher leadership and amplifying their voice to inform policy decisions.
Fellows lead focus groups, gather survey data and meet with local and state leaders to give feedback on education policy issues, including professional development, Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2), chronic absenteeism and effective discipline practices.
“Teachers have a professional responsibility to advocate for their students’ best interest,” Crawford said. “Policymakers have a valuable resource in listening to teacher voice because there is no one else closer to the work or more connected to its success.”
Hope Street Group is a national organization that works to ensure every American will have access to tools and options leading to economic opportunity and prosperity. The Hope Street Group Tennessee State Teacher Fellows Program is a nonpartisan program that provides a group of diverse public school teachers—who are chosen through a rigorous selection process—with skills around peer and community engagement, facilitating focus groups and communication strategies while giving them opportunities to amplify teacher voice to inform policy decisions. Hope Street Group launched the program with great success in Kentucky in 2013, replicating it in Hawaii in 2014, North Carolina and Tennessee in 2015, and Arizona and Utah in 2017.