Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Early Childhood Education M.Ed Elementary Education Ed.S Leadership Reading Recovery Certified TSS Certified PLC Certified
Shaw Braddy, BHE Instructional Coach
Shaw Braddy is in her 27th year in education. She has taught first, second, and third grade students in Gainesville, Atlanta, and Fitzgerald and has also served as an instructional coach and interim assistant principal. She graduated from Fitzgerald High School in 1987 and attended Brenau Women's College in Gainesville, Georgia where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She also holds a master's degree in elementary education from Troy State University and a specialist's degree in educational leadership from Valdosta State University. She received her Reading Recovery certification from Georgia State University and is also TSS and PLC certified. She had the privilege of being named Teacher of the Year in 2003-2004. Working with students and watching them learn and grow has been one of the most rewarding experiences she could ever imagine.
Shaw is a member of Central United Methodist Church where she serves on the lay leadership committee, administrative committee, and as chairman of the preschool committee. She also serves on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board. In the fall, she and her husband, Gill, are usually somewhere cheering on the DAWGS. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Ben Hill Elementary is continuing to work on ways to improve communication between school and home. We know student achievement improves with parental support and we want to do our part to help. To achieve this goal, BHE will utilize parent communication folders and class newsletters again this year. Parent communication folders are sent home daily and include newsletters, completed class work, and any other pertinent information. Information is organized in one central place with students, parents, and teachers all having access to it. Newsletters are sent home weekly and are filled with information for our parents. Standards, vocabulary, suggested independent practice, dates to remember, and a parent help section are included. It is our hope by utilizing comminunication folders and class newsletters, parents will have the tools and information necessary to help support their children at home.
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
Professional learning communities? PLCs? I know you've heard the words but what are we talking about? Check out the links below for more information on PLCs.
Research has found that students in classes that emphasize improvement, progress, effort and the process of learning rather than grades and normative performance, are more likely to use a variety of learning strategies and have a more positive attitude toward learning. (The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
At Ben Hill Elementary, student portfolios are essential to student achievement. These portfolios house a collection of student work, such as universal screeners, classroom performance, progress monitoring, work samples, and Response to Intervention paperwork. Portfolios are a way to “tell the story” of a student’s performance throughout the years, it shows the child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, helps place the student in appropriate learning environments, and is one central place where student work is showcased. Information included inside the portfolio about classroom performance is constantly changing, students are aware of the standards they have met, and the progress they are making towards those standards they have not yet met. Instruction is tailored based on this information.
Rather than a collection of letter and number grades, this portfolio gives a true picture of the whole child and is readily available for you to review at any time.