Krystal Colbert, 2023 Iowa Teacher of the Year, gave an impactful presentation to the Southeast Polk High School Teacher Academy earlier this week. As we have proudly mentioned previously, Krystal is one of our very own, a Mitchellville Elementary teacher, serving as Teacher of the Year for the ’23-’24 school year!
Teacher Academy, taught by business teacher Chelsey Sadler, is just one of the Southeast Polk Work-Based Learning programs available to our high school students. The Academy is a hybrid learning environment with class time learning and observation/practicum in Kindergarten – 8th grade classrooms around the district. During the fall semester, the 17 Academy students spend 8 weeks at one grade level, then switch to another grade level for the last 8 weeks. In the spring semester, students are placed in one classroom for the whole semester where they’ll be observed twice as they teach lessons.
“A large focus area of mine during my Teacher of the Year duties includes working with Teacher Prep programs across the state, both at the collegiate and high school level. I have always hosted student teachers, practicum teachers, and even a few SEP Teacher Academy students in my classroom, and I’m so excited to be able to invest even more intentional time and energy into soon-to-be educators!” shared Krystal.
She also asked if they experienced any “aha” moments from her presentation to which they responded:
It was an impactful class and enjoyed by all.
Fun Fact: Did you know that several previous Teacher Academy students are now teachers at SEP?!