Inman MS teacher gets the state superintendent’s ear

AndrewsInman Middle School seventh-grade teacher Pam Andrews has been selected to serve on the 2009-10 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council. In a letter to Ms. Andrews announcing the selection, Georgia Department of Education Superintendent Kathy Cox cited the teacher’s expertise and commitment to help students achieve academically. “I greatly value the ideas and opinions of classroom teachers across this state and I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences and discussing policy issues with you.”

The Council will meet for the first time this year at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon on Oct. 23, 2009, and will hold subsequent sessions on March 19, 2010, and June 7, 2010.

“I was very honored to receive such an honor and was very surprised because the nominations for council were made through a confidential process,” Andrews said. “I feel proud to represent on the Teacher Advisory Council and am looking forward to what the duties and responsibilities entail. From my understanding, I will be a voice for the teachers and share thoughts and ideas on ways of improving student achievement.

“Being in the classroom for approximately 11 years, I have had quite some experiences and being able to hear from others and discussing and sharing their experiences will be very rewarding,” Andrews said.

 You may recall Andrews as being honored this past summer by the Atlanta City Council as one of Inman’s seven Master Teachers. She’s also a semifinalist for APS Teacher of the Year.

Here’s a description of the Council, from the Georgia Department of Education Web site after the jump …

The State Superintendent of School’s teacher advisory council is a group of about 30 teachers from across the state who discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting teachers in Georgia’s classrooms. Members consist of Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists, Milken Award teachers, and other teachers throughout the state. The teachers meet four times throughout the school year with State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox and are advisors that act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the teachers of Georgia. Past topics discussed by the teacher advisory council include: Georgia Performance Standards, Georgia Performance Standards Training, discipline, teacher mentoring, teacher induction, and parent involvement.

Congratulations, Ms. Andrews!

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