Two local educators named to Haslam’s teachers cabinet – The Daily News Journal
MURFREESBORO â Two local educators were tapped to serve on Gov. Bill Haslam’s inaugural teachers cabinet, according to a Tuesday announcement from the governor’s office.
Rebecca Few, a math teacher and instructional coach with Murfreesboro City Schools, and Kyle Prince, a math teacher at Central Magnet School, were both chosen to be part of the Governor’s Teachers Cabinet.
The 18-member panel will meet quarterly starting in July to speak with Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen about education issues and policies across the state, according to a release from the governor’s office.
“As Tennessee continues to build on the success we’ve seen in our schools over the past four years, we want to hear from teachers about what is working and what needs improvement,” Haslam said in a release. “These teachers have a lot on their plates, so I really appreciate their willingness to serve the state in this way.”
Few, who teaches at Mitchell-Neilson Schools and Bradley Academy, said she and the 17 others on the panel could weigh in on many of the changing policies and standards that effect almost all teachers and students in the state education system.
“Knowing that you have a voice and knowing there are people in the governor’s office willing to listen means a lot,” Few said.
Few, who has taught in Murfreesboro City Schools for 12 years, said she hopes to serve as a liaison between her district and the state about issues either group is concerned about.
Prince, nominated last week as a finalist for the statewide Teacher of the Year award, said serving in the teacher’s cabinet would allow him to make a difference “on the largest possible scale.”
“It’s definitely an honor to serve in this way,” Prince said. “The main thing will be to represent the teachers of Rutherford County.”
Prince, who had taught at Central for five years, said he also hopes to speak about issues including state standards, evaluations and “providing rich opportunities for learning” for all students.
Few and Prince were nominated by their respective superintendents to serve on the cabinet. They later completed several interviews before being chosen for the positions.
The governor’s office said each of the 18 teachers were chosen for their focus on student achievement, willingness to collaborate with colleagues, leadership skills and ability to find solutions, according to a release.
Contact Brian Wilson at 615-278-5165 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @brianwilson17.