Amanda Koonlaba, NBCT

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…

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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,…

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