Ms. Killebrew Hope Hill Elementary School Atlanta, GA
Ms. Killebrew has taught at Hope Hill Elementary School for 3 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2003. She recently received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.
She has 20 students in her classroom. She has been looping with her current class of students since 2015 (Pre-Kindergarten) and excited to be going to 2nd grade with them next year. She has created and maintained loving relationships with her students and parents. Ms. Killebrew’s favorite piece of literature is Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.
The students in her classroom look forward to getting weekly calls from their tutors. She loved that the students and tutors were able to meet each other in person. Her favorite part of the school day is small group time. It allows her to have more one on one time with the students. Ms. Killebrew believes that it is most important that teachers build relationships with parents in order for students to succeed.
WHAT MAKES THIS CLASSROOM SUCCESSFUL
It takes several steps for a teacher to ensure students have productive tutoring sessions with their tutors. This teacher has shown exceptional achievement in the following areas:
Scheduling: Creates a classroom schedule careful to block out periods for breakfast, prep, and early dismissal. They make changes to their schedule when needed to alert tutors so the tutors know when not to call.
Student Greeter info: The greeter was well trained by the teacher. Ms. Killebrew has a loving yet orderly class.
Classroom management: Ms. Killebrew works with the students to bring out the best in them and they know to work with softer voices when another student is tutoring. It is not difficult for her to keep them focused on their work.
Teacher-Tutor Messaging: The teacher takes attendance each day on the site. As soon as she takes her school attendance, she takes the TutorMate attendance so tutors are always informed. She also answers all messages and realizes that keeping good relationships with the tutors provides positive results for her students as tutors feel appreciated and stay in communication with her and more importantly their student all year.
Frequency of Reading Stage Updates: Ms Killebrew updates the reading stages when asked to and also on her own after every literacy progress test they take along with using their small group reading as a measure.
Reading Stage Growth: Ms Killebrew's students on average have moved 6 levels. All started at b or c level and almost all are at G or H or I level. They are all ready for second grade.Several are reading in the middle of second grade.
Teacher Responsiveness: Ms. Killebrew takes attendance every morning, responds to tutor messages and reaches out when there are tech issues.
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