Congratulations to our Summer 2015 Outstanding Curriculum Leader Award recipient, Dr. Emily Freeland of Mountain Brook City Schools. Dr. Freeland has been a science teacher, adjunct science instructor and secondary education instructor for two colleges, secondary program specialist, professional development director, and most recently, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. She is also an expert trainer in the areas of Curriculum Design, Authentic Performance Tasks, Balanced Math Instruction, Common Formative Assessment, Next Gen Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Using Data for Instructional Decisions. She has trained teachers, instructional coaches and administrators in best instructional practices through unwrapping and prioritizing content standards, lesson design, classroom management, formative assessments, and RtI. She has worked with teachers individually and in small groups to design lessons for engagement. She has trained mentors and coordinated teacher mentoring programs. She has led the development of district RtI plans, credit recovery plans, and strategic plans in her school district. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences from AASCD-sponsored CCRS Summit to the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics on content standards, best instructional practices in math and science, and dropout prevention. Her particular passion is for students who struggle and finding ways to keep them in school and help them achieve.
Through her work in curriculum and instruction in Shelby County Schools, Tuscaloosa City Schools, and Mountain Brook Schools, she has developed a reputation for her knowledge and skills in instructional practices as well as for her compassion for students and their learning. Her principal shared, “In her two years at Mountain Brook Junior High, she has impacted our approach to teaching standards, our approach to rigor and depth of knowledge, and our teaching practices. She lives out learning on a daily basis.” One of her colleagues wrote, “She possesses a phenomenal education acumen gained through her exhaustive study. I witness her sharing insight daily through professional conversations with administrators and teachers and more formally through professional development. Her most admirable trait is her dedication to children and their success.”
Congratulations Dr. Freeland!