Amanda Koonlaba teaches art to elementary students in Tupelo, MS. She is National Board-certified in Early/Middle Childhood Art. She holds a masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, as well as a specialists degree in Educational Leadership. She loves to write, create, and collaborate. Connect with her.
Top 5 Ways to Find Teacher Leadership Opportunities
August 8, 2017
Recently, I taught a professional development course on teacher leadership for my district. I shared a lot of specific opportunities that exist and shared some opportunities that I’d tried myself. I also shared these top five ways to find opportunities in hopes that participants would be able to search and find other opportunities. These are not research-based, but come from my personal experiences. These tips have served me well, and I am happy to be able to share them with you. Join Join associations and organizations that are relevant to your discipline and to the profession. Some will have membership…Read More
The Process of Earning Board Certification Made a Difference for Me and My Students
November 17, 2016
I completed the field experience for my undergraduate degree in education with a brilliant third grade language arts teacher. She was just dynamite in her classroom! Her students loved her. Her lessons were engaging. Her classroom was a positive place where students were actively learning. I was incredibly inspired by her teaching. Yet, there was something else about her that was unlike any other teacher I’d ever known. She was a leader in the school and community. It was the first time I’d seen a teacher lead so strongly beyond the four walls of her classroom. When she wasn’t teaching,…Read More