Alabama’s Teacher of the Year Chasity Collier has launched a new website that invites teachers from across the state to visit her classroom and even read her lesson plans.
Collier, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade science at Dawes Intermediate School in Mobile, hopes her site, which features a blog, videos of science experiments and more, will give teachers ideas to try in their own classrooms.
The website is: www.teach2learnalabama.com.
“Like many teachers, I am a working mom,” she said. “While I am excited about visiting schools across the state, I also wanted to create an easy-to-access tool that any teacher can use to learn about my classroom, my school and my philosophy of education.”
She hopes the site will start conversations with educators from across Alabama about teaching.
“I also want to learn from and hear from you,” she said. “Please feel free to comment on my blogs and to email me your thoughts. We are all in this profession together.”
In her 20th year of teaching, Collier was named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. She is being nominated for the National Teacher of the Year.
Besides being a classroom teacher, Collier served as an Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) coach for seven years. She has served on district-wide textbook adoption committees, and she has trained other teachers throughout Alabama and Florida in best practices. She is a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics and Science, and she helped her school receive a Lighthouse Blue Ribbon designation.
Michele McClung, principal of Dawes Intermediate, said she hopes many teachers will visit Collier’s new website.
“I think it’s an excellent tool for teachers to use in planning their lessons and also reviewing best practices and strategies,” McClung said.
“After watching her videos, more teachers will become more confident in implementing a hands-on approach to learning,” she added. “Mrs. Collier is a good role model, and we are very proud of her.”
Dawes Intermediate serves about 500 students in grades three through five and is part of Mobile County Public Schools.