Spearman ISD's vision is to have an effective highly qualified beginning teacher program that partners with teachers new to the profession. The mentor program will provide support that is sustained over time and intended to further the education and professional development of the protege. First, second and third year teachers will receive mentoring, coaching and training in a variety of different levels (The Heart of Teaching). We believe every teacher can be effective when given the training, support and time.
Everyone needs time to process new learning. A thoughtful training plan has been established considering the amount of new information being taught, timing of the school year and expected outcomes. In August, the Lynx to Learning Teacher Academy met for the first time. Seven teachers are part of this dynamic team:
Ms. Lauren Spelling
Mrs. Blanca Raya
Mrs. Christa Turner
Mrs. Fernanda Aguilar
Ms. Maidie Reining
Mr. Todd Nies
Mrs. Lacey Vernor
The Lynx to Learning Teacher Academy will meet throughout the school year with Mrs. Kristi Ramon covering topics that will inspire, support and encourage others so they are effective teachers that make a positive difference in the lives of their students.
The Lynx to Learning team trained together on Working in a Partnership with Parents and Families, and Classroom Management and Student Discipline.
The Lynx to Learning team met January 3rd. The team learned ways to reach all students in the learning process and ways to manage stress.
Lynx to Learning Academy
The Lynx to Learning Academy team was recognized at the Spearman School Board meeting, May 1, 2018. The teachers in the academy have completed the first year training. The Lynx to Learning program is designed to support first, second, and third year teachers and teachers new to the district. The Academy team meets regularly with Mentor Coordinator, Mrs. Ramon. The team has trained in areas consisting of: Becoming an Effective Teacher, Getting Ready for the First Days, Managing the Classroom Environment, Maintaining Positive Student Behavior, Understanding Learning and the Learner, Teaching For Learning For All, Working with Parents and Families, Being a Professional Educator, and Managing Stress. Pictured from left to right: Kristi Ramon (Teacher Quality and Mentor Coordinator), Fernanda Ortega (2nd Grade), Christa Turner (4th Grade Science/Social Studies), Blanca Raya (Third Grade), Todd Nies (High School Government, Economics, World History, Principals of Education), Lacey Vernor (6th/7th Math), Maidie Reining (8th Science), and Lauren Spelling (Assistant Band Director). Congratulations to our Lynx To Learning Academy team!