As a rookie who settled into her role of Certified State Assessor fairly quickly, LeTosha’s supervisor invited her to learn the CLASS (Pre-K) for a pilot program. An avid student always inquisitive about best practices and research-based measurements, she accepted the challenge and set off on an adventure that has never ended. LeTosha fell head over heels for effective interactions and had a desire to work with CLASS on a deeper level. Subsequently, she became a CLASS Pre-K Trainer working with cohorts of principals, directors, administrators, and teachers across the state of Illinois.
LeTosha earned a B.A. in English from DePaul University and Master of Education from Argosy University. When she is not cheering and supporting folks who are seeking quality interactions and program improvement, she is almost certain to be found on a Caribbean beachfront with her favorite (and only) son, Cam.
Favorite Teacher: Ava Evbuoma, 10th grade, English
If you’ve been hearing a lot about teacher leadership lately, consider yourself privy to a very relevant educational topic. All the buzz right now is focused on well-deserving teachers who are leading the way in their schools. Now more than ever, we are seeing a trend of teachers moving into leadership roles, such as coaching other teachers and participating in planning committees. Because these shifting roles and responsibilities were previously correlated with administrators, longstanding staff, or even tenured faculty, they may cause indeterminate or converging relational/organizational patterns. As a result, educators need innovative approaches to facilitating their new leadership systems and models in education.