Learn more about four teacher leaders (Alison Ford, Krystal Johnson, Brooke Grim and Megan Thompson) @ CMA: Lower School!
A recent interview with them:
Tell me what it means to be a teacher leader for you?
Krystal: "Being a teacher leader to me means being on the front line for others when issues arise and being a problem solver. Being a teacher leader for me means leading with others in mind especially children and figuring out how to maneuver others ways of thinking into a direction that is less self focused but more wholistic. Being a teacher leader for me means being advocate for the voiceless who want change either personally or professionally and need someone to partner with them through the process."
Megan: “Being a teacher leader means growth and reflection to me. It allows me to grow as both an educator in my classroom and a leader outside the classroom. I'm grateful that Caliber has this role because it shows that they invest time into growing their teachers as leaders.”
Brooke: “Being a teacher leader to me means supporting my team. It is a unique role that I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to do, because as a teacher I have the opportunity to develop my skills as a leader, while also supporting the students and families in my class.”
Alison: “Being a teacher leads means to reflect what we want all staff to embody at Caliber. It means that we have an open-door policy, are open to feedback, and model the best practices that we know work for our students. It means to be a leader in every sense of the word...to come with our best selves each day.”
Tell me more about your role as a teacher leader?
Krystal: "My role as a teacher leader requires to uphold the mission and values of CMA with integrity and honesty. As a teacher leader I have to position myself in an act of servitude to my fellow colleagues . Whether that is tapping in for a teacher that needs a break, teaching a lesson side by side with a teacher. My role as a teacher leader requires me to change my focus from own self and look at the benefits of the cohort and most of all the students."
Megan: “We provide a bridge between our grade level teams and the leadership team. We lead data dives, grade level meetings, etc.”
Brooke: “My role as a teacher leader is to lead weekly grade level meetings, be a liaison between my team and leadership when necessary, and offer support to all teachers in many ways including instructional tips, organization, behavior management techniques, etc.”
Alison: “As a teacher leader, we act as liaison between the CMA leadership team and our grade level teams. We provide feedback and model the best instructional practices and management strategies for the teachers on our team. Each week, we plan and run grade level meetings where our team can collaborate about all things associated with our grade level. We also assist in looking at data and conducting data dives to help our students achieve the grade level standards.”
When did you know you wanted to become a teacher?
Krystal: "I knew I wanted to become a teacher leader when I realized, my ideas, thoughts, and visions could propel people to be even greater in their teaching. When I would have ideas and my colleagues would come back and say, "Oh that worked", "I'll try that" or a simple "Thank you. I felt like okay Krystal your experience and hard work has paid off and now you can begin to help others."
Megan: “ My mom was a teacher, so every summer I would go into her classroom to help set up her room. I loved helping her get ready for the year, so when I got to college it was easier for me to pick what I wanted to do!”
Brooke: “I've known I wanted to become a teacher for as long as I can remember. I am one of the few people who followed through on what they always said they wanted to be when they grew up. My aunt was a teacher and I spent a lot of time in her classroom which inspired me.”
Alison: “I knew I wanted to be a teacher leader after my first year of teaching at Caliber. I believe so strongly in what it means to be a teacher at Caliber, and I knew that I wanted to be a leader on campus and a resource for teachers.”
One fun fact most people don't know about you?
Krystal: "I asked my husband what is one fun fact people don't know about you and he chuckled. He said, "People don't know that you have really sly comebacks to stuff, and if people aren't paying attention they will miss it." I was like yeah you're right."
Megan: “ I love to travel, and have been to 5 out of the 7 continents! Would love to get to Antarctica and Australia one day!”
Brooke: “ One fun fact most people don't like about me is that I almost never watch movies. I have a short attention span, so when I try to watch a movie I either fall asleep or become distracted by other things.”
Alison: “I went to college in Pennsylvania and taught at Amish schools during a semester.”