Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2015 Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: Josalyn Tresvant McGhee currently serves as the Instructional Facilitator for Kate Bond Elementary School in Memphis, TN for Shelby County Schools. In 2009, after a successful nine-year career in banking, Tresvant McGheen felt compelled to impact education in her city and transitioned to teaching. Prior to her role at Kate Bond Elementary school she was the 5th Grade Reading/English Language Arts Teacher at Knight Road Elementary School. Prior to assuming the role in 5th Grade she was the Special Education Instructional Resource Teacher for grades K-5 at Knight Road Elementary School for six years.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Tresvant McGhee believes that all children have an inalienable right to a quality education regardless of their socioeconomic status. She also has a passion for students with learning disabilities. It is her belief that they can achieve beyond any limitation set by society and with strategic planning and passion. Armed with these qualities a teacher can support their ability to surpass all of their educational goals. Literacy is the cornerstone for success in all disciplines and she subscribes to the notion that focused and intentional intervention is the only way to have students career and college ready.
Achievements: In 2013, Tresvant McGhee was named a Fishman Prize winner for TNTP. This award included a summer residency informing the work of TNTP and traveling the country to speak with policy makers and leverage her teacher voice. She was also selected as "The Prestige Teacher Award" by her peers at Knight Road Elementary School in Memphis City Schools.
Leadership Experience: Tresvant McGhee is currently serving as a TN Hope Street Group Fellow to support Teacher Leadership in her home state. In 2014, she was named a member of the 2014-2016 Bill and Melinda Gates Teacher Advisory Council. As a member of this council, she collaborates with 50 other teacher leaders from across the country on educational issues. During the 2014-2015 school year, Tresvant McGhee mentored new teachers as their learning coach offering instructional strategies that would support their development as effective teachers. Tresvant McGhee was also a member of the 2012-2013 Teach Plus Policy Fellowship. She served as a seminar instructor for Memphis Teaching Fellows New teacher certification and summer training from 2010-2012.
Affiliations: Hope Street Group, Teach Plus, Memphis-Shelby County Education Association, NEA, TNTP, Shelby County Schools, Memphis City Schools
Education: Tresvant McGhee holds a Master of Education from The University of Memphis, a Master of Business Administration from Union University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of TN at Chattanooga.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Education Policy
- Teacher Leadership
- Early Reading Intervention
- Responsive Instruction to Students with Special Needs
- English Language Arts Instruction
- Instructional Coaching