Kimberly Eckert, Brusly High School
Kimberly Eckert, M.Ed., Louisiana’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, teaches high school English and Educators Rising, also serving as a reading specialist and instructional coach. Previously, she was a special education teacher, a reading interventionist and a Teacher Assistance Program (TAP) mentor and master teacher. Eckert creates powerful classroom cultures and meaningful learning experiences that help students of all abilities and backgrounds progress while developing their own voice and agency. Her classes are structured around genius hours to embolden students to take on ambitious personal passion projects to enhance their own lives, schools, communities and the world. Eckert established Louisiana’s statewide grow-your-own teacher initiative in partnership with Educators Rising, and is currently serving as a teacher and innovative instructional coordinator, developing tailored induction, coaching and professional development for new teachers and paraprofessionals. She was recently named a national finalist for NEA’s Social Justice Activist of the Year and received Louisiana’s inaugural Public Interest Fellowship for her work with Educators Rising. Eckert assists with the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher initiative through the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and is a National Education Association (NEA) Global Learning Fellow for South Africa, a Stand for Children’s LEAD Fellow facilitator and an expert teacher through the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Sessions:Lightning Talks Listen Up! Amplifying Student Voice in a 21st Century World