A pair of educators have been picked to share their knowledge on state standards.
Freedom Elementary School fourth grade reading teacher Ashley Andriot will serve on the K-5 English Language Arts Standards Advisory Panel for KDE.
North Bullitt High School advanced math teacher Christine Bickett is serving on the mathematics panel.
Andriot said she is “very excited about this opportunity!”
She explained that Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for the review and revision of Kentucky’s Academic Standards to occur every six years. This year, standards for Reading/Writing and Mathematics will be reviewed and revised based upon the processes outlined in SB1 (2017).
“I filled out an application with questions that focused on my teaching background and expertise, previous work with the KAS standards, and my thoughts as to what materials and information would be needed to make the most out of our work sessions,” she said.
“My passion is teaching literacy and I feel honored to have the opportunity to have a voice in the standards that we are required to teach Kentucky’s children,” she said.
As a current ELA teacher for 4th grade, Andriot said she plans to bring real life examples of what is going on in her classroom and what is happening behind the scenes as she plans her units based on each standard.
“I also plan to get specific feedback from all elementary grade levels regarding their thoughts on the current standards. Teachers are the experts, so I want to make sure I can be their voice when I attend these panel sessions,” she said.
Andriot is in her third year at Freedom Elementary as a 4th grade reading and writing teacher. She previously taught nine years at Ekron Elementary in Meade County, KY.
She is National Board Certified/Rank 1 in Early Middle Childhood Literacy; earned a Master’s Degree from Indiana University Southeast in Elementary Education with an additional Reading Specialist License and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in Elementary Education.
Bickett said the process included an application with various questions about her teaching experience and, more specifically, her leadership in mathematics.
“KDE reviewed the application,” she said. “I will be meeting with the committee for 3 to 5 days in Frankfort. It is a great honor to be selected as one of the mathematics teacher representatives. I believe teachers have important perspectives to share as classroom practitioners, and I am excited to collaborate with representatives from across Kentucky to ensure our state continues to maintain high standards for all of our students.”
Throughout Bickett’s teaching career, she has taught a wide array of mathematics classes including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and other various mathematics classes for students in eighth grade to their senior year.
“Within my classroom, I integrate a variety of hands-on activities that expand my students’ understanding of mathematics: dressing as a zombie to model exponential growth, performing ‘Function Aerobics’ to move as the graphs shift, and measuring football lights outside using trigonometry.”
Bickett also brings a wealth of innovative teaching strategies that she learned and refined from various professional development opportunities: National Core Advocate Convention, TI International Conference, AP Summer Institutes, NCTM conferences, and National Board training.
“Throughout my career, I have presented professional development for colleagues at the school and district level. Last year, I presented at the T3 International Conference on strategies to formatively assess students using the TI-Navigator,” she said.
In 2016, Bickett was awarded the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). In her application, she provided convincing arguments that addressed content knowledge, teaching strategies, self-reflection, professional development, and leadership.
She is currently a member of the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics (CPAM) where resources and strategies are shared on teaching mathematics.
“This past summer, I participated in consultant work for the National Science Foundation on secondary mathematics teaching,” Bickett said. “Last year, I was also an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Semi-Finalist for 2017 based on my mathematical expertise and leadership in the field. I was offered the fellowship with the National Science Foundation, but due to a change in family circumstances, I could not commit to moving to Washington, D.C. at the time of the offer. As an active member of NCTM and KCTM, I look forward to the opportunity to work on mathematics standards at the state level.”
Bickett has started her 20th year at North Bullitt. She also taught at Larue County High School for half a school year.
She received a Bachelor in Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Western Kentucky University in 1997 (Minor in Athletic Coaching); Masters in Teaching with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Louisville in 2002; National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics in 2009 (first in the county to receive this); and took four graduate level mathematics classes in order to teach dual credit classes (two classes in Fall 2013 at Central Michigan University and two classes in Spring 2014 at Western Kentucky University).