Curiosity | Connections | Challenge | Creativity | Collaboration
Curiosity | Connections | Challenge | Creativity | Collaboration
TONYA  JILL  BLACKMON


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Math Coach

According to child development expert Jean Piaget, the principal goal of education is to create individuals who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done. My great passion as East Lake Elementary's math coach is to work side-by-side with teachers and students to foster a generation of independent problem-solvers. I know that teachers and students are individuals, and each classroom culture presents an opportunity and a challenge.

 

My educational background includes an MA from UTC in Teacher Leadership with a concentration as a Reading Specialist, a BS from Dalton State College in Elementary Education with an endorsement in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and an AA in English from Dalton State College. My math training includes years of research, teaching, and coaching with help from the UMATH program at Middle Tennessee State University, the Project Inspire clinical instructor program with Teacher Development Group and the Public Education Foundation, and the math coaching directors of Hamilton County Department of Education. I am happy to be a part of the groundswell of growth at East Lake Elementary.