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South Side teacher one of 15 in new program

November 28th, 2012 9:36 pm by Madison Mathews

South Side teacher one of 15 in new program

South Side Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Kelli Seymour will be joining 14 other teachers across the state as they chart new territory through the state’s Reward Schools Ambassador Program.
Seymour was named as one of the program’s 15 ambassadors last week. She will work with schools in the East Tennessee region, sharing best practices and helping improve student achievement.
“I’ll be like an academic coach to the schools. I’ll just be a resource to them to do whatever I can to help improve student achievement and close achievement gaps,” she said.
Seymour has taught at South Side Elementary for five years.
The 15 named to the program each come from 2012 Reward Schools. South Side Elementary was named as one of the state’s 169 Reward Schools in August.
Reward Schools represent the top 5 percent of the schools across the state for performance, as measured by TCAP scores, and the top 5 percent for year-over-year progress.
To become an ambassador, Seymour had to go through a lengthy application and interview process to be a part of the program’s first year.
As an educator, Seymour said she is excited to take what she has learned at South Side and apply it to her job as a Reward School Ambassador.
“I think there are so many great things going on here at South Side and even within Johnson City Schools, to have a chance to go share those ideas and the strategies that we’re using here to close some achievement gaps is really exciting,” she said.
Seymour will begin her work as an ambassador during the 2013-14 school year, and she looks forward to collaborating with other educators in the state.
“I’ve seen what kind of impact academic coaches have had on my teaching, and I hope I’ll be able to make some kind of impact on a teacher somewhere,” she said.
As a Reward School who has a teacher in the Ambassador Program, South Side will receive a $20,000 grant to further educational programming.

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