Being comfortable in our position is not a bad thing. I remember how different year two felt teaching first grade compared to year one. By year four though, I was beginning to feel the need for something different.

Changing grades or subject levels can sometimes feel like starting over, but it also gives us the opportunity to hone our craft at multiple levels making us versatile, well-rounded educator. And my guest today is an amazing example of how changing the area or content of your teaching can keep you on top of your game.

Aimee Reed has been teaching for 15 years, and in that time, she has made several moves. In fact, this year Aimee is teaching a subject she has never taught before and a grade level she has never taught. Aimee is going to share with us today why changing is not such a bad thing as well as give us tips to having a successful transition.

 

Amie Reed

Amie Reed is currently a 7th grade ELA and 8th grade science teacher in O’Fallon, Illinois. In addition to teaching, Amie serves as her school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 2 Team Lead and is a member of the School Leadership Team and the Student Assistance Team. Previously, Amie has also provided RtI services in ELA and math as well as taught 8th grade ELA. She is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and serves as one of Fulton’s building representatives for the O’Fallon Classroom Federation of Teachers. Amie is also currently working as a Senior Policy Fellow with Teach Plus Illinois. Amie has earned a BS in Elementary Education, an MA in English – Teaching English as a Second language, and an EdS in Education Administration – Teacher Leadership all from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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