The Academy's curriculum is presented in a way that students have many opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas. This interactivity and collaboration always results in learning or thinking about things in new or different ways.
Kori Trainor, originally from Mt. Airy, North Carolina, earned a B.A. in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005 and an M.A. in reading education from Appalachian State University in 2010. She is currently enrolled in Appalachian’s educational leadership doctoral program with a concentration in literacies in exceptionalities.
Trainor currently serves as a second-grade teacher, and with another teacher, she is beginning co-teaching to better support the students in her classroom. Co-teaching is two or more teachers working together to plan, organize, deliver and assess instruction to a shared group of students. Read on to learn more:
Why did you choose to work at the Academy?
I liked the idea of teaching the whole child and addressing children’s many different needs.
What's your favorite part about working at the Academy?
I love how everyone has come together in such a short amount of time. In addition, we have created a family to support all the different students that we serve.
How are you impacting education in your community?
I have set up a clothing closet at our school where Academy families can come in and select clothing that meets their needs. Then, they don't have to worry about clothing during difficult times.
What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?
The Academy has a reading literacy focus. What is your favorite book?
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
“Learning together” is a core commitment of the Academy. What does "learning together" mean to you?
It means that while the students are learning from the teachers, the teachers are also learning from the students through their ideas and ways of thinking.
Describe an experience where you "learned together" at the Academy.
The curriculum is presented in a way that students have many opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas. This interactivity and collaboration always results in learning or thinking about things in new or different ways.
Just for fun, what is your favorite candy?
Sour Patch Kids
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