NWES ELA Teacher Chosen to Serve on Committees and Panels for KDE

(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Michelle Devine, an English/Language Arts teacher at North Washington Elementary School, was recently chosen to serve on the Standards Review and Development Committees and Advisory Panels for English/Language Arts for the Kentucky Department of Education. Devine is a 1985 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School in Dayton, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Science in K-8 Education from Wright State University and Special Education LBD Certification K-12 from the University of Kentucky in 2001. In 2007, she received a master’s degree in education leadership studies also from the University of Kentucky. She is also a national trainer for the National Math and Science Institute (NMSI) for elementary English/Language Arts and is currently pursuing National Board Certification. She previously taught for seven years at Bloomfield Middle School, and has been with Washington County for the past 15.

Devine will be reviewing teacher feedback on the standards and current standards and assessments for grades 6th through 8th with a team of other teachers. “I truly believe that as teachers, it is imperative that we use our teacher voice to make change that will impact student learning,” says Devine. “I am excited to have the opportunity to review standards to ensure that our Kentucky students are taught at high levels, the standards show progression between grade levels, and are cognitively appropriate. As a classroom teacher, I have had concerns about the state assessments and alignment to standards. I hope to use my voice to ensure that the assessments are aligned closely to the grade level standards.”

She adds, “This work will be important for the state and ultimately for our district. I will be able to share inside knowledge of the upcoming changes and know how the standards are being interpreted. I look forward to growing professionally through this experience and impacting our educational system at the state level.”

“We are pleased that Michelle will have this opportunity to serve as a leader in the standards revision process for Kentucky,” says Washington County Schools Chief Academic Officer Cherry Boyles.   “Our Teacher Leader Framework recognizes a critical role of leadership as ‘leading to professionalize teaching.’  Through her efforts, Michelle will be reforming the state’s system of standards and informing future assessment processes. With teachers like Michelle designing this system, we believe that Kentucky’s students will be challenged in a positive way in order to be better prepared for the future.”