GRETHEL – In an effort to improve student math skills and teacher instruction, John M. Stumbo Elementary was given the opportunity to participate in the Activating Teacher Leadership Institute (ATLI). Donna Robinson, Principal and Jaynie Watts, Assistant Principal, sought out professional development opportunities for teachers that would demonstrate new and innovative ways for teachers to present math concepts that would positively impact student’s math scores. Through this partnership with the Office of Next Generation Learners, Wayne Stevens, Effectiveness Coach and former John M. Stumbo Mustang presented teachers with the most current research based methods of math instruction.
Mr. Stevens has spent much of the year supporting primary teachers with the implementation of this successful mathematical practices program. This professional development provides educators with practical tools, skills, strategies, and experiences that give educators the opportunity to experiment and improve their instruction.
“It is important to us as a faculty to stay current on skills and strategies needed to allow our students every opportunity to compete academically,” said Jaynie Watts, Assistant Principle JMS.
Renee Yates (MDC Coach from Kentucky Department of Education), Charles Rutledge (Math Coach from KEDC) and Wayne Stevens have visited Stumbo Elementary on several occasions providing teachers with job specific professional learning, collaboration, and exemplary math lessons for the students. Effective educators must demonstrate and be able to adapt their teaching strategies to meet the needs of all students in their classroom in a manner that collaboratively impacts all students’ ability to learn and retain the material presented.
Professional development opportunities such as this, is what makes Stumbo Elementary an exceptional school with staff that not only seek out opportunities to make themselves better educators, but demonstrate genuine care for every student.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.