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40 Florida educators chosen for new Teacher Leader Fellowship

40 public school educators have been selected to participate in a new program to develop their leadership skills and share expertise with teachers across Florida. 

The selected teachers will take part in the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship, which was created in partnership with the University of Florida's Lastinger Center for Learning and CTQ, thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Teacher will participate in an 18-month program designed to build a statewide leadership network, improve the quality of classroom teaching, and enhance outcomes for students.

The idea: Support a group of teacher leaders who will inspire and influence others to advance the teaching and learning at their schools, districts and, ultimately, across the state. 

The 40 fellows, selected from 217 applicants, are practicing classroom teachers, school counselors, media specialists, and instructional coaches at pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high schools across Florida. Educators selected for the program want to become better teachers and inspire others:

  • “By participating in the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship I hope to improve my teacher leader skills and ignite those skills in the amazing teachers I am surrounded by at Matanzas High School,” Amanda Kraverotis, an instructional coach in Flagler County, said.
  • “I chose to apply to this fellowship to challenge myself personally and professionally and to grow as a teacher, learner, mentor and leader,” Adrienne Reeder, a reading teacher at Dr. Edward Whigham Elementary School in Miami, said. “I hope to gain an adaptive perspective on how to provide meaningful instruction through inspiring leadership.”
  • “Since I teach the middle school population, I know that there are specifics about their lives I will never know in detail. I have only a small amount of time to make a difference in their lives, so I better be impactful,” Daryl W. Pauling Sr., a math teacher at Carver Middle School in Delray Beach, said “I want to be a part of the transition of working for a better understanding to expand a person’s knowledge to make them better.”

CTQ will support the Florida Teacher Leader Fellows by facilitating virtual collaborations with project staff and fellows, measuring the impact of the work they lead, and engaging educators and influencers across the state as their leadership efforts expand.

“There are so many teacher leaders across the state who are seeking to have a greater voice and impact in their schools,” Barnett Berry, CEO of CTQ, said. “The goal of this fellowship is to help these leaders share their expert practices across schools and districts.”

Learn more about the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship.