Union University M.A.Ed. Graduate Appointed to Tennessee's Reward Schools Ambassador Program
February 5, 2013 - Danielle Ringold, who completed her graduate studies in Education on Union University’s Germantown, TN campus, was recently appointed to Tennessee’s Reward Schools Ambassador Program. This accomplishment means that Ringold has been recognized as someone who understands current educational demands, particularly in relationship to data analysis. Ringold teaches social studies at Kingsbury Middle School, located in Memphis, but with this new honor, she will be helping other teachers understand how to analyze data to improve student achievement.
The Reward School Ambassador Program selects highly successful teachers from high achieving schools to share best practices with schools in need of additional assistance. Although Ringold was chosen based on her successful work as a teacher, she is rather humble about her achievement. She says, “I am excited that God has given me the opportunity to have an impact on other schools.”
Ringold was among 15 Tennessee teachers who earned an overall “5”, the highest score on Tennessee’s Teacher Evaluation. Starting in the fall, Ringold will begin working in a school that needs help in raising its test scores and closing the achievement gap, leaving the classroom success of her currently high achieving school for one year.
Ringold’s success as a teacher can, in part, be measured by the academic achievement of her students. The state calculates student growth using a measure called the Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE). Over three years, the state average for the grade level and content area in which Ringold teaches is 1.4 (NCE), but Ringold has obtained a student growth rate of 6.6 (NCE).
Ringold attributes her success to her faith in God. She says, “Teaching in an urban setting requires a lot of faith. With my Christian foundation, I always knew that no matter how challenging my days were, I needed to trust that God had put me at Kingsbury for a reason and have faith that I could have an impact on student achievement. Without my faith and trust in God, there is no way I would have had the results I have.”
It is evident that Ringold is not looking at this recognition as a matter of personal success, but as one of further opportunity. She says, “I am excited to see if I can have an impact on a greater number of students.
Union University’s School of Education is proud of the success of Danielle Ringold, especially in term of the impact she is having on the lives of our area’s youngest citizens. For more information about Union University’s School of Education, please visit: http://www.uu.edu/programs/education.