As the administration intern for Thunder Hill Elementary, I was charged with schedule creation, MSA testing co-coordinator, providing teacher professional development as well as acting as acting administrator with all of the daily duties when the current administrator was absent. Additionally, I coordinated the Arts Integration program that garnered the Maryland State School of Excellence in the Arts (through the Kennedy Center) award in 2010.
In this capacity, Susan researched and presented arts integration as a viable school improvement option in 2007. From there, she designed, coordinated and implemented the program with great success. It is now a school-wide program with wide county and community support. As the coordinator, the main responsibilities included:
* Teacher professional development of the program and strategies. Susan obtained a grant to support teachers with sub time, designed a professional book club, took teachers on field trips to other successful schools, and worked with finding them any other resources they requested.
* Developed a peer review system for program accountability.
* Designed curriculum maps that aligned the objectives in grade K-5 in math, reading, social studies and science with arts objectives that made natural connections.
* Analyzed the data each year to monitor student progress and program effectiveness.
* Developed a culture of respect and appreciation across content areas.
As a music teacher, I acted as the Related Arts Team Leader. In this role, I was able to advocate for the needs of my team, act as a conduit of information from the administrators and school teams by to my team members, and provide unique insights into students throughout the school. I was conscious to create a positive team experience using team building strategies to build a support unit for the related arts teachers.