Georgia Southern University

National Teacher of the Year to speak at Georgia Southern March 6

The College of Education at Georgia Southern University will host a presentation by Kimberly Oliver, 2006 National Teacher of the Year, on Tuesday, March 6, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Her presentation will take place in the College of Education Building lecture hall.

‘Kimberly Oliver will be a featured speaker at this year’s National Youth-at-Risk Conference in Savannah in the morning of March 6, and we are delighted that she has agreed to come to Georgia Southern’s College of Education later that day to inspire our students,” said Rosemarie Stallworth-Clark, associate professor of education. ‘Her presentation at Georgia Southern is titled Best Foot Forward: Putting Students on the Path of Lifelong Learning.'”

Oliver, a kindergarten teacher at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., believes that having a strong foundation in education is critical. This foundation includes quality early childhood education programs and a belief that equity in educational resources means everyone receives quality, high-level instruction. As a kindergarten teacher she has worked to individualize every student’s lessons, helped write and receive grants to fund literacy programs, and was an integral part of a multi-faceted school staff effort that impacted her school’s dramatic rise in standardized test scores and achievement.

In her six years at Broad Acres, she helped create and implement several programs to ensure consistency in curriculum, instruction and assessment throughout the school. As a result, her school made improvements on local, state, and national tests, and in 2001 was the number one school in her school system for percentage increases in test scores. In 2003, 2004, and 2005 the school met or exceeded all requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by ING in partnership with Scholastic Inc., is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The National Teacher of the Year Program focuses public attention on teaching excellence and is the oldest and most prestigious awards program for teachers.

Oliver’s presentation is free and open to the public. Call 912-871-1760 for more information.

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