Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2008 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: Walker spent a year teaching kindergarten in Washington State and is now back at Songo Locks Elementary in Naples Maine as a Literacy Coach. She has been active in implementing Positive Behavior Intervention strategies in her district as well as Response to Intervention. Walker attended elementary (Bernardston, MA.) and high school (Northfield, MA.) in a small rural area in western Massachusetts. The positive small school experience led her to attend a small college, but one that was away from where she grew up. This led Walker to Saint Joseph’s college of Maine. Her time at Saint Joseph’s was quiet, but it opened her mind and heart to education as a job and a passion. After receiving her undergraduate degree in 2003, Walker moved to the Berkshires in Massachusetts and took a job in Special Education working with an autistic student. This experience increased her knowledge and understanding of Special Education. After a year, Walker moved back to Maine. In June 2004, she took a job working at Steven’s Brook Elementary (located in Bridgton, Maine) in Title 1, supporting 1st through 4th grade students in the areas of Math and Reading. In 2005, her Title 1 position was moved to Sebago Elementary in Sebago, Maine.
Achievements: The few years that she worked in Title 1 offered Walker many opportunities to explore educational instruction and practice. She started her Master’s through Lesley University in Literacy. During one of the courses, Walker was inspired to make a difference at her school through multicultural education. This led to her application and award of a grant to start a multicultural reading program with 1-4th grade students.
Leadership Experience: When she is not in her classroom teaching Walker leads a study group, serves on the Teacher Facilitator Team, Transition Team, and the Response to Intervention Reading Committee. Walker is also one of the founders of the New England Regional Teacher Leadership Initiative (NERTLI). NERTLI is an organization for teachers to learn about educational policy and find opportunities for involvement. Walker was also a presenter at the Maine PBIS conference, and is an elementary representative for the Teacher Evaluation Committee.
Affiliations: Response to Intervention Reading Committee, New England Regional Teacher Leadership Initiative
Education: Walker completed her undergraduate education at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. During her first year at Songo Locks, Walker completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction: Specialization in Literacy: Language, Reading and Writing at Lesley University.Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Positive Behavioral interventions
- Universal Design for Learning and Response to Intervention
- Teacher leadership