Teacher Named to State Advisory Council
Cave Spring Teacher Named to State Superintendent Advisory Council
Posted on 09/19/2011

Laura Hicks, a teacher at Cave Spring Elementary School in Floyd County, has been selected to serve on State Superintendent Dr. John Barge's Teacher Advisory Council. This council will meet with Superintendent Barge twice over the next school year to discuss new initiatives and programs the Department of Education is working to implement. At the council meetings, Dr. Barge listens to feedback, comments, or concerns presented by teachers regarding the status and future direction of education in Georgia. 

Two meetings of the Teacher Advisory Council are currently scheduled for this year. The meetings will be held on Monday, October 31st and Wednesday, March 14th. The teachers will meet at the Department of Education offices in Atlanta. Mrs. Hicks hopes to share her passion teaching and the learning process framed by her perspective as a teacher in Floyd County. She also hopes to bring back ideas from others around the state to impact the quality of education in our schools. Hicks said, “I hope to present the thoughts and concerns of educators in my district so that new programs and initiatives may be more specifically directed to the needs of our students.” She added, “By sharing the needs of our school system with the State Teacher Advisory Council and by participating in the dialogue of other systems around the state, I hope to bring back positive insight and unique perspectives as to how we can accelerate student achievement within Floyd County.” 

Laura Hicks serves as an instructional coach at Cave Spring Elementary. One of her primary professional responsibilities is to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and school leaders. She serves as a one-on-one support for teachers. Guided by research-based strategies, her goal is to meet the diverse needs of students by increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity in schools.