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SCORE Prize Event Oct 27, 2014
The SCORE Prize will be awarded to the school district, elementary school, middle school, and high school to recognize outstanding growth in student achievement. Laura Turner Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
2013 – 2014 State of Education Report
The Progress Continues
Norman Smith Elementary
Frank P. Brown Middle School
Cicely WoodardRose Park Math and Science Magnet, Metro Nashville Public Schools
8th-grade Math teacher
The culture of Ms. Woodard’s classroom demands that all students be engaged in high-level thinking and learning every day. Students sit in small groups at tables and work together. They listen to each other knowing that they’re expected to interact and learn from one another. They offer justifications and reasoning without fear of mistakes. Ms. Woodard sees her role during classroom discussion as facilitating learning, not simply lecturing. Her goal is to ask questions and offer ideas, but allow students to do the talking, thinking, and writing about math.
When asked what one tip she would give fellow educators, she said, “Build relationships by finding ways to celebrate success in every student.” Whether it’s high fives, stickers, a wall dedicated to the names of students who have made improvements, posted data, positive communication with parents, and goals on display, Ms. Woodard knows how important it is that her students are confident that she has no doubt in their abilities. “Believe that all students can thrive, and honor them when they do!”
After 11 years in education, Ms. Woodard understands education’s importance and sees it as “the one profession that prepares every other professional.”
“Education is the key that unlocks the door of opportunity. As an educator, I want to help my students run through that door of opportunity ready for whatever life brings. My teachers supported my preparation for life, and I want to pay that gift forward.”
Bio: After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from The University of Memphis and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University, Cicely Woodard spent two years teaching seventh- and eighth-grade math at Rose Park Magnet Middle School in Nashville. She taught the same grades at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet in Nashville before spending a year coaching middle school math teachers at Neely’s Bend Middle School. That year taught her that her first love is teaching, and she is now back at Rose Park instructing eighth-graders.