A third grade teacher at Jackson Ave. School for 25 years, Janice Killelea has been selected for the America Achieves’ New York Educator Voice Fellowship. By providing a platform for sharing best practices and giving educators a voice in local, state, and national discussions about public education, the impact of the program extends beyond the individual fellows and into the communities they serve. Through this highly selective fellowship, Janice joins fellows located across New York State, to develop skills to significantly impact students locally and statewide. To launch this work, Janice traveled to Albany August 27- 28th to meet and collaborate with other fellows, develop action plans, and engage in discussions with policymakers and thought leaders.

As part of their work, each fellow participates in educator voice activities. By sharing their Common Core classroom stories and experiences, the fellows will expand their reach beyond the walls of their school building, help parents and other community members better understand the shift to higher standards, and generate more constructive conversations about the future of public education in New York. Past educator voice activities have resulted in fellows publishing op-eds in local newspapers and advising nationally renowned education policymakers and leaders.