Teachers Participate in Professional Learning Opportunities


Many Runnels teachers are taking advantage of opportunities to expand their expertise in the classroom by participating in professional conferences, conventions and workshops. 
This week, Kindergarten Director Paula Naquin and kindergarten teachers Lauren Downing, Stephanie Ezell, Beth Alfonso, Lisa Latona, and Tiffany Mouton attended the SDE (Staff Development for Educators) "Increasing Student Achievement through Teacher Excellence Conference for PreK-K Teachers" at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. 
Participating in the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Area Conference in New Orleans last week were junior and senior high science teachers Marcy Faust and Shiela Foster. Upon their return, they shared information gained at the conference with other teachers at a science faculty meeting.
In October, high school Civics teacher Connie Point went to a Financial Literacy seminar in Baton Rouge hosted by the Louisiana JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  
In November, elementary teachers Becky Hillman, Cheyenne Davis, Sheri Allen and Renee' Miller were in New Orleans for the LACUE (Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators) Conference at the Hyatt Regency. Also in November, Head of School Marcia Mackay and Kindergarten Director Paula Naquin attended a professional seminar on "Developing Emotional Intelligence," and junior and senior high school teacher and varsity volleyball coach Jean Martinez went to a workshop on Physical Education at the Holiday Inn Superdome in New Orleans sponsored by the Institute for Educational Development. 
On Dec. 14, Dr. Amanda Shuford Mayeaux of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be on our main campus to present a professional development session to Runnels 6th-12th grade English teachers. “She is going to cover methods and methodologies for analyzing textual sources, primarily literary,” said Jr./Sr. High English and Social Studies Department Head Norma Marsh. 
In January, elementary teachers Amanda Albin and Rachele Smith will attend a program on “What’s NEW in Children’s Books and Creative, Powerful Strategies to Use Them in Your Program” presented by the Bureau of Education and Research.