ERIE, Pa. (August 11, 2014) — The National Education Association (NEA), which represents nearly 3 million teachers, administrators, and education support professionals, is pleased to announce that it has selected Kathryn Lumley-Pohl, a National Board Certified teacher at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie as a facilitator for the NEA Great Public Schools (GPS) Network. The GPS Network is an online community where teachers, parents, education support professionals, and other community stakeholders can share ideas and resources aimed at improving student success.
Currently, the Network consists of more than 120 groups, managed by facilitators like Lumley-Pohl, that participants can join to address common interests in specific topics and issues that impact educator and student success. Topics are diverse, ranging from bullying to state learning standards, from teacher evaluation to teaching English language learners.
More than 1,000 individuals applied to be the inaugural leaders of this new online network. Ms. Lumley-Pohl and 60 others were selected for their knowledge and understanding of their topic; their ability to facilitate a national discussion presenting a range of differing viewpoints; their technology skills, necessary for facilitating an online community; and, above all, their commitment to helping fellow educators improve their skills to foster student success.
“It is an honor and a high responsibility to be selected for this position,” said Becky Pringle, NEA’s newly-elected vice-president. “This is an important role that helps NEA change the way we operate, connecting the entire country in a professional online community that will focus on student success. We will make a difference for students and educators in their professional roles.”
A 10th and 11th Grade Spanish Teacher, Lumley-Pohl is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the NEA.
“I’ve been a public school educator for 18 years. I’m creating this group about the Common Core in World Language classrooms because we language teachers are a natural fit to address and emphasize the English Language Arts standards," said Lumley-Pohl. "I’ve presented the CCSS to world language teachers at our state conference, at the district level as well as within my building, and this fulfills a true need.”