Kingsport City Schools Employee Selected for SCORE 2019-20 Tennessee Educator Fellowship

Published on May 9, 2019 at 3:43 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has announced that an employee from Kingsport City Schools (KCS) has been selected for the 2019-20 class of the Tennessee Educator FellowshipMarsha Buck, 8th grade science teacher at Robinson Middle School, will join 30 other educators from across Tennessee.

"Ms. Buck is an exemplary educator and a model of leadership," said KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.  "She has a long and successful history of guiding both students and her colleagues to excellence.  I'm proud to see her receive this recognition and look forward to how the experience will further enhance her skills." 

The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong program that equips teachers, school counselors, interventionists and librarians to learn about education policy and advocate for their students and their profession. The educators chosen this year work in a variety of settings: traditional public schools, public magnet schools and public charter schools. Since 2014, the fellowship has supported more than 180 educators to engage in critical discussions about education policy by speaking at public events, inviting policymakers into their classrooms, writing about their experiences in state and national publications, creating regional professional networks and serving on state-level policy committees.

“The Tennessee Educator Fellowship convenes talented and driven educators who are relentless advocates for improving student achievement through student-focused policies and practices,” SCORE President and CEO David Mansouri said. “The fellows bring unique and diverse perspectives and experiences that are invaluable as they participate in local and state-level conversations about preparing all students for success in college, career and life.”

The fellows chosen for 2019-20 have a combined teaching experience of 358 years and represent elementary, middle, and high schools in 26 districts across East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The members of the cohort teach English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, STEM, construction trades and special education in urban, suburban, and rural schools. The cohort also includes educators who serve as school counselors, a librarian, and an educator who teaches English language learners.

Past fellows have led new education initiatives and worked to improve outcomes for all students. Their work has included advocating for the use of high-quality instructional materials; starting a leadership academy for students to explore a career in teaching; bringing community leaders into classrooms to discuss the importance of literacy in their careers; expanding access to early postsecondary opportunities for students; amplifying the voice, presence and support for educators of color; and much more. 

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Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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