Heavenly Montgomery, NBCT

Heavenly Montgomery is a passionate educator who empowers teachers and school leaders with resources to meet the needs of all students. As an educational consultant, she has collaborated with teachers and school leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Her previous educational experiences include elementary school teaching, an instructional coach, a mentor teacher, and a K-12 district program specialist. She has served students in culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities in Georgia. Heavenly is dual certified to teach in the elementary grades (K-5) as well as secondary reading and English Language Arts (6-12). She is also a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist), a Georgia Master Teacher (Instructional Coaching), and a Learning Forward Academy Graduate. Mrs. Montgomery also participated in the University of Virginia Partnership for Leaders in Education to support district turnaround efforts. She holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University and an Education Specialists degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University. She advocates for Accomplished teaching as the founder of the Georgia Teacher Leader Consortium National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Network Affiliate. She enjoys living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.
Building Cultural Proficiency Into My Classroom and Yours
Heavenly Montgomery, NBCTJuly 8, 2020

The landscape in the United States is heavy with turmoil and change. We live in a national education climate that has changed, whether it is acknowledged or not because COVID-19 is changing the way students learn.   Adding to the complexity is the Black Lives Matter Movement, which has opened a discussion about how Black people, my people, are treated. The initial protests ignited as a reaction to police brutality, generated a sense of urgency to address inequity and racism. Many fellow educators announced their unmasked feelings using social media. People are waiting for educational leaders to address equity issues that…

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