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Nancy Veatch
2015 Classroom Fellow
Cottonwood, California

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Bio/Overview: Nancy Veatch is Principal and a 5th/6th grade teacher at Bend Elementary School, a small rural school that is part of the Evergreen Union School District in Cottonwood, CA. During her year as a Fellow, Veatch was a voice for teachers at the federal level and provided input to policies surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of this work, in addition to her work with the California Instructional Steering Committee, California State Department of Education, and WestEd, Veatch conducted roundtables, site visits, and provided professional learning to administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals across the United States. Veatch began her teaching career in 1991 after completing her undergraduate, credential, and Master's studies at the University of California at Davis. She worked as a Project Evaluator for grants at Davis and taught in the Vacaville Unified School District for four years before moving to rural northern California. In 1995 Veatch began at the Elementary School of the Evergreen District, teaching Kindergarten, first, and second grades, looping with the same groups of students in rotations of three consecutive years. After teaching at the Elementary School for 10 years and earning her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, Veatch moved to the Middle School to expand her knowledge of adolescent literacy. At the same time, in 2005, she began as adjunct faculty at California State University at Chico teaching Literacy Development Courses. In 2013 Veatch became a Teacher on Special Assignment for the Evergreen District and served as the English Language Arts Coordinator for the Tehama County Department of Education until June 2015. During this time, she was also the English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee Lead of Region 2, the nine northernmost counties of California, and has provided support to the California State Department of Education for the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework Launch. Since 2014, Veatch has also worked as a consultant for WestEd on the Building Educator Assessment Literacy and Understanding Proficiency projects.

Educational Values/Philosophy: Veatch believes all students deserve the opportunity to be educated fully—academically, physically, socially, and emotionally—so that they may become adults who are well-prepared for life in the twenty-first century. Passionate about literacy, she believes literacy is what gives life to a democracy and believes that the current crisis in education must be addressed with thoughtful policies that are part of a coordinated plan aimed at supporting all students in developing the skills necessary.

Achievements: In 2010 she was a finalist for the Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of California at Davis. She also co-authored an article in The Reading Teacher entitled "Teaching Literacy in Context: Choosing and Using Instructional Strategies". In 2011 Veatch co-authored a professional learning book called "Literacy in Context (LinC): Choosing Instructional Strategies to Teach Reading in Content Areas for Students Grade 5-12". Veatch has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences and has provided an international webinar on the topic of literacy.

Leadership Experience: Throughout her teaching career, Veatch has been a leader, presenter, facilitator, and advisor in her school community and beyond. As a teacher leading her school from the classroom, Veatch pursued, received, and led two grants for her district—the Early Intervention for School Success Grant, aimed at supporting literacy in early childhood, and the Teachers Professional Development, Inc. Grant, aimed at supporting literacy in early adolescence. In addition, she has led district professional development for both teachers and paraprofessionals, been a Peer Assistance and Review Panel Member, served as the Bilingual Coordinator, and has continually served as a cooperating teacher for credential candidates. In 2013 Veatch became the Tehama Reads (countywide literacy campaign) Lead and also became a Leadership Team Member of Expect More Tehama (countywide career and college readiness campaign).

Affiliations: International Reading Association, California Reading Association, Tehama Country Reading Council, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, Evergreen Federation of Teachers.

Education: Veatch has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of California at Davis. Veatch is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certified Teacher. She holds both a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an Administrative Services Credential.

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Last Modified: 08/12/2016