The Professional Educators of Tennessee held their annual professional development conference, Leader U, at Trevecca University on Tuesday. The themes of the conference were “Educating the Whole Child” for teachers and “Changing School Culture” for administrators. The Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn, welcomed the attendees while Graham Hepburn from Quaver Music and Ryan Jackson from Maury County Schools were the keynote speakers. Educators from across the state learned how music, arts, career & technical education and physical fitness contribute to the education of the whole child.
Angie Markum became executive director at Ivy Academy of Chattanooga in 2011 when the school was in the bottom 6 percent of schools statewide. The academic turnaround took place over the next five years by changing the model and utilizing some of the teaching modalities that will be shared in her session, Outdoor Learning for Every Classroom and Every Course K-12 and Anywhere. Last year, Ivy Academy Middle and High School scored higher than their district or the state average in all but two state tested courses.
In 2015, Ms. Markum was recognized as Administrator of the Year for East Tennessee by the Tennessee Environmental Education Association. Prior to being a school administrator in Hamilton County, she taught sixth-12th grade mathematics. She is currently the director of development for facilities and ed programming and resources for the Ivy Academy Charter School. Ms. Markum has been a member of Professional Educators for over seven years.
Other Professional Educators of Tennessee 2019 Award Winners include:
Deborah Chancellor, Teacher of the Year, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools
Bill Heath, Superintendent of the Year, Lincoln County Schools
Becki Louden, Advocate of the Year, Coffee County Schools
Joni Bryan, Friend of the Educator, 917 Society
Lana Seivers, Friend of the Educator, Dean, MTSU College of Education