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A Williamstown High School social studies teacher will be among a small group of educators selected to help voice opinions from across the state on reform efforts.
Paradise Forbes is one of 21 educators chosen from a large pool of highly competitive candidates as part of Hope Street Group’s inaugural cohort of Kentucky Teacher Fellows.
Hope Street Group is a national nonprofit organization known for its teacher engagement work.
“I am incredibly honored and enthused to have the opportunity to empower teachers and students within our great state,” Forbes said. “Honestly, that is what led me to apply for the Hope Street Kentucky
Teacher Fellowship in the first , as their mission of promoting collaborative problem solving truly is at the core of my educational philosophy, as well as that of Williamstown Schools. As a government and economics teacher, I see teacher engagement within the classroom and policy construction essential to moving our students into competitive roles in our ever changing global economy.”
Along with her teaching duties, Forbes also serves as a Site Based Decision-Making (SBDM) teacher representative for WHS.
She has been a presenter at the Florida Education Technology Conference, Kentucky Society for Technology in Education, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative Intervention and Innovation and Fayette County’s Innovation for Learning conferences, along with participation in the McConnell Center/ Liberty Fund Conference and 2012-13 Literacy Leaders Academy.
Hailing from 20 districts across the state, the fellows will serve as leaders over the next 12 months.
The group will engage school communities, inform state policy discussions and participate in professional development and training opportunities.
“I truly am impressed by Hope Street’s support of educational professionals in the creation and implementation of teacher evaluation systems,” Forbes said. “Hope Street recognizes that our teacher evaluation system must involve teacher input to ensure the changing needs of our students are being meet effectively and efficiently.”
Williamstown Independent Superintendent Sally Skinner said she was excited and proud that Forbes was chosen for “prestigious and important work.”
“Ms. Forbes has proven herself to be innovative and creative. She is a critical thinker and is solution oriented. She is a teacher leader and her selection as a Kentucky Teacher Fellow validates everything those of us who have had the privilege of working with her, have known for a long time,” said Skinner.