Wednesday, May 16 2012, 05:43 PM EDT
Graduating Leadership Fellows Take New Skills to Classroom
Twenty-seven Hamilton County educators have recently completed their twelve-month tenure as Leadership Fellows and passed the baton to a class of 30 newly selected Fellows. 

Sponsored by the Public Education Foundation in partnership with the Hamilton County Department of Education, Leadership Fellows has now produced more than 400 graduates, including 41 principals, 42 assistant principals and 59 teacher leaders such as school-based instructional coaches and lead teachers.  So far this year, five newly promoted Hamilton County principals are former Leadership Fellows.

“Every year, 60 to 70 teachers apply to become Leadership Fellows because they want to develop skills and build relationships to help them take an active role in moving their schools forward.  This year’s class has been very strong,” said Ann Kilcher, PEF’s Senior Consultant with the Leadership initiative.

Leadership Fellows participate in a rigorous year of training in addition to their usual teaching duties to prepare for various roles leading positive change in their schools.  The program was established in 1999 with funding from the Annenberg Foundation.  Its purpose is to give emerging school leaders the skills and knowledge they need to participate in decision-making and school improvement. The program involves monthly workshops, job shadowing, school visits, mentoring and study groups. The Fellows also participate in leadership projects and presentations, and create a leadership portfolio demonstrating what they have learned through this program.

“My parents both went through Leadership Fellows, so I had some idea about what to expect.  But I’ve grown more professionally in the past 12 months as an LF as I have in four years of teaching,” says recent graduate Tyler Rich of Red Bank High. 

Another Fellow, Hilary Smith of Howard, agrees:  “I’m a school counselor and I hate to be out of the building and away from my kids.  Leadership Fellows has been one of the most rewarding professional development opportunities I’ve ever had; it’s worth the time away because everyone has a responsibility for educational leadership in our school, not just teachers.”

Graduating Leadership Fellows from Cohort 13 (2011-12):

Nikki Bailey    
Lookout Valley Elementary

Levar Brown
Brainerd High

Michael Calloway
The Howard School

Kennisha Cann
Clifton Hills Elementary

John Daum
Central High

Angela Emmert
Harrison Elementary

Jasmine Farrow
Woodmore Elementary

Karyn Hall
Hillcrest Elementary

April Kabler
Chattanooga Creative Arts

Ellen Leamon
Allen/ Soddy Elementary

Steven Lewis
Central High

Dawn Lim
Red Bank High

Sam Martin
Rivermont Elementary

Justin McCulley
East Ridge High

Travis Miller

Rebecca Millott

Jennifer Mitchell
The Howard School

Fannie Moore
East Brainerd Elementary

Brenda Mouzon
Brainerd High

Jayme Newell
Snow Hill Elementary

Renee Parker
Hixson High

Kathy Petros

Ann Pitre
Battle Academy

Tyler Rich
Red Bank High

Hilary Smith
The Howard School

Lindsay Starnes
Calvin Donaldson Elementary

Lebron Stinson
The Howard School

Incoming Leadership Fellows in Cohort 14 (2012-2013):

Brenda Adamson-Cothran
Ooltewah Elementary

Cristi Beckner
Spring Creek Elementary

Elizabeth Betbeze
Hixson Elementary

Jennifer Brownlee
Normal Park Museum

Ebony Carter
The Howard School

Timothy Cline
Rivermont Elementary

Angela Davis
Hardy Elementary

Michelle Ford
Hixson Elementary

Traci Garner
Thrasher Elementary

Ranita Glenn
Hardy Elementary

Kelly Greene
The Howard School

Sunni Hart
Red Bank Elementary

Karina Hendrix
Brown Academy

Angie Hudson

Carl Knight
Hixson Middle

Erica Knight
Spring Creek Elementary

Andy LaFevor
Red Bank Middle

Sarah Lane
Smith/Ooltewah/Snow Hill

Tammy Mays
Big Ridge Elementary

Meghan Moss
Rivermont Elementary

Nicole Pena
Brown Academy

Cynthia Powell
Hixson Middle

Nicelle Price-Gray
The Howard School

Kimberly Pringle
Big Ridge Elementary

Rebecca Randolph
Lookout Valley Elementary

Angelika Riano

Patricia Russell
Bess T. Shepherd/Harrison

James Stone
Central High

Vandana Taneja
Clifton Hills Elementary

Ashley Wilbur
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