New BISD Teachers to be Inspired and Equipped by International Speaker Chelonnda Seroyer

New BISD Teachers to be Inspired and Equipped by International Speaker Chelonnda Seroyer
Posted on 07/27/2017
This is the image for the news article titled New BISD Teachers to be Inspired and Equipped by International Speaker Chelonnda SeroyerA few years ago, BISD Chief Academic Officer Clara Sale-Davis attended a National Middle School Conference. She had thoughtfully planned out the sessions to attend and wore comfortable shoes so she could make the trek to her session. To her dismay, one of the selected sessions was full... the door shut in her face. Reluctantly, she walked back to one of the ballrooms to hear another speaker. She slipped in the back and made her way through another crowd of people to hear a lady by the name of Chelonnda Seroyer.

Seroyer's soft voice kept Clara and a ballroom of participants mesmerized for 90 minutes. The practical advice offered to the crowd was intertwined with Ms. Seroyer's heartfelt personal story about being a student, a daughter, and a first year teacher. Clara never forgot her, and her message remained buried in her heart until… years later Clara was blessed to work with first year teachers in BISD.

Thanks to Google, Clara found Chelonnda Seroyer and invited her to speak at BISD's Teacher Induction Program (TIP). Her compelling story continues to captivate teachers on the importance of creating positive classroom environments to ensure that safety and security prevails in high performing classrooms. She is engaging and charismatic, but most important of all, her message comes from her heart. This will be Chelonnda’s second year to speak at TIP in BISD, as the reviews from teachers and principals alike have been outstanding.

Chelonnda considers herself a “Harry Wong protege.” She was trained under Harry Wong, the author of the best-seller, The First Days of School, which every new BISD teacher will receive during the program, along with many other helpful tools provided by the BISD Education Foundation.

Clara excitedly explains that “Our new teachers will leave the session equipped with the knowledge, skills and the tools needed for an impactful first year of teaching, and inspiration to last for years to come!”
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