Before she came to Teachstone in 2009, Betsy worked as an event planner for a Fortune 500 company in Washington, D.C., a teaching assistant in Fairfax County Public Schools, and a preschool teacher in Charlottesville. At Teachstone, Betsy has been able to bridge her business experience and love for education. As Business Operations Controller, Betsy works with our staff to improve our business processes and systems across the company to ensure Teachstone provides high-quality programming that is sustainable. Betsy‘s talents are as numerous as they are varied. She’s a ballet dancer and a former singer and has quite the flair for making lists (a talent that serves her well at Teachstone). Betsy earned her BS in Leadership and Consumer Economics from the University of Delaware.
Alberta Loosle is the education manager for Centro de la Familia de Utah. Centro de la Familia de Utah is a non-profit agency supporting the under-served community in Utah. I talked to Alberta about her work with the program and about using CLASS in DLL settings.
Tell me this title doesn’t get your attention: How to Get your Child to Listen? Having this answer is like the magic spell that parents (and teachers) everywhere are looking for. I was excited to see that the author of the original post was none other than our colleague at the University of Virginia, Amanda Williford.
Savannah Jackson has been a Lead Teacher at Taylor County Head Start in Florida for only a year, and she has already learned a tremendous amount. I had the opportunity to interview Savannah and learn what it’s like in her classroom on a given day.
While Savannah, like many teachers, doesn't know a lot about the CLASS tool, she incorporates many of the dimensions into her teaching without even realizing it.
Kristy works as a pre-K teacher in Georgia and was willing to sit down with me and talk about what inspires her to teach and more. Her nominator shared that Kristy is a “ray of sunshine” and after one conversation with her, it's clear that Kristy loves what she does.
Some teachers inspire you with their passion for what they do, and you know that the children in their classrooms are in great hands. Kara Pippin is one of those teachers. I had a great time talking to Kara, learning about what makes her tick, and seeing how she uses her passion to inspire other teachers.
“How do I do CLASS in my program?”—that's a common question we get while talking to others about the CLASS tool. And while we always say, “You don’t do CLASS. You are CLASS!” we also want to answer that big question. So, to help explain the nuances to implementing CLASS, we are introducing a blog series—stories and interviews from school administrators who have successfully and effectively implemented CLASS.
Our first success story paints a picture of how the CLASS tool can be implemented in ways that fit unique settings. Lisa Luceno is the Director of Early Childhood at Briya Public Charter School in Washington DC. She is a passionate leader and had a lot to share about choosing CLASS, supporting teachers, and using CLASS in culturally diverse classrooms.
Teresa Belcher teaches young children at Cinderella Early Childhood Center in West Virginia. Teresa's administrator, Verna Smith, nominated her for "always using best practices." I was able to learn more about her best practices when she sat down with me to share her experiences in the classroom.
The Randolph College Nursery School recently became the fourth program in Virginia to earn a top rating (5 stars) from the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, which is a pretty big accomplishment in itself. But in addition to being named a 5-star program, the nursery school also received a perfect score in the teacher-child interactions area of the evaluation—CLASS. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Holly Layne, the director of the program, to learn more about her, her awesome teachers, and how they did what they did.