On April 11, the Craven County Board of Education and Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary spotlighted five teacher leaders at the school for during the Board Spotlight process.

Three educators, Kimberly Coltrain, Grey Tipton, and Katlyn Williams were celebrated for growing not only themselves as educators but also growing the craft of other educators in the school.

Ms. Coltrain, 4th grade math teacher, truly embraces the concept of a teacher as a learner and a teacher as a professional. Ms. Coltrain dedicates many hours in school and out of school reflecting on her own pedagogical approach and how decisions impact her student’s behaviors and learning. Ms. Coltrain strategically makes decisions that she feels will strengthen her relationship with her students and impact her student’s achievement. Ms. Coltrain seeks out additional resources, reads professional literature, and works with coworkers to continually grow as an educator.

Mrs. Tipton and Mrs. Williams are Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School’s Title 1 Interventional teachers. Both Mrs. Tipton and Mrs. Williams are instrumental faculty members of the VFLE. As a team, they are a great resource for our regular classroom teachers. Mrs. Tipton and Mrs. Williams provide support, resource information, and data aggregation to help support teachers and students. As Title 1 Intervention teachers, both Mrs. Tipton and Mrs. Williams lead professional development, organize Title 1 community events, and work alongside administration to develop opportunities to improve student success.

Two additional educators were spotlighted for engaging students in high level digital learning engaging all 4 areas of digital learning competencies: Paula Lancaster and Sara Schmitt. Mrs. Lancaster provides innovative instruction to students and staff on methods used to implement digital teaching and learning to increase student success. Through the integration of digital citizenship students demonstrate their learning and understanding using high quality technology tools and resources. Within Mrs. Lancaster’s media center, technology rich learning experience are used to encourage all students to pursue individual’s interests and talents. Utilizing technology to identify, evaluate, and collaborate Mrs. Lancaster effectively implements opportunities for students to think critically. Digital tools are used to synthesize data and help her to create an inclusive school environment.

Ms. Schmitt demonstrates leadership for technology by providing innovative instruction for her students. Providing opportunities for all learners to engage in responsible digital social interaction, Ms. Schmitt ensures that all students have full, equitable access and participation in high quality technology experiences. Leading all students in becoming active participants, Ms. Schmitt uses digital tools to help students set educational goals, manage their learning, and assess their progress. By immersing students in exploration of problem solving with the use of digital tools she enhances form and function of the classroom environment. Using multiple and various assessments, Ms. Schmitt considers examples of student work through a digital platform.

We are proud of these educators and encourage them to continue their personal development as leaders both within and outside of the walls of Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School.