Six Metro Schools educators selected for SCORE's 2018-19 Tennessee Educator Fellowship

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The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) recently announced its 2018-19 class of Tennessee Educator Fellows, and six Metro Schools educators were selected. Thirty-eight educators were chosen from across the state of Tennessee for the fellowship program.

“The Tennessee Educator Fellowship has brought together dynamic and talented educators who are passionate advocates for education policies and practices that can improve student achievement,” SCORE Executive Chairman and CEO Jamie Woodson said in a release. “The fellows’ diverse perspectives and experiences are invaluable as they work both inside and outside the classroom and participate in state conversations on preparing all students for postsecondary and workforce success.”

The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong program that helps teachers, school counselors, and librarians learn about education policy and equips them to advocate for their students and their profession. The educators chosen this year work in a variety of settings: traditional public schools, public magnet schools, public charter schools, public Montessori schools, an alternative academy within a public school and a school dedicated to serving children with multiple disabilities.

The six MNPS educators who were selected to be 2018-19 Tennessee Educator Fellows are:

  • Ada Collins teaches third grade at J.E. Moss Elementary School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Ada has been teaching for eight years.

  • Klavish Faraj teaches third-grade math and science at Paragon Mills Elementary School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Faraj has been teaching for five years.

  • Alicia Hunker teaches sixth-grade math at Valor Flagship Academy in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Hunker has been teaching for 10 years.

  • Rebecca Ledebuhr teaches eighth-grade math at STEM Preparatory Academy in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Ledebuhr has been teaching for eight years.

  • Dr. Paula Pendergrass teaches grades K-4 advanced academics resource at Granbery Elementary School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Pendergrass has been teaching for 23 years.

  • Amanda Smithfield is a librarian at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Smithfield has worked in education for 23 years.

Congratulations to these outstanding educators!