By Superintendent Cristina Wright
This year, the Licking R-VIII School District is delighted to have the assistance of our two teaching methods coaches, Ms. Telena Haneline (elementary) and Ms. Heather Hawn (secondary). While these ladies were reluctant to be recognized for their work, they have already provided tremendous support to all of our staff. To shed light on the duties of teaching method coaches and celebrate the dedication of these leaders, the Licking R-VIII School District is introducing Ms. Haneline and Ms. Hawn as featured staff members in August!
When asked to describe their main mission, Ms. Haneline and Ms. Hawn shared “The Big Three”. “We are working hard to support the process of curriculum alignment to ensure that we can identify gaps in teaching. To help streamline decision making and lesson planning for teachers, we reviewed the available assessment data and supported teachers and students in implementing our new assessment tool, iReady. We’re also here to support teachers and help them feel connected to each other’s resources and expertise. Rather than giving details about themselves, Ms. Haneline and Ms. Hawn shared how impressed they were with the dedication, creativity and resilience of the teachers in our district.
When asked to share the celebrations, our teaching method coaches spoke about those for the district as a whole. “We had the opportunity to see how competent our teaching staff are, we are fortunate to have the resources for our new data collection tool and we are delighted to have provided some time to collaborate with teachers. . Additionally, we found renewed energy after collaborating with other teaching method coaches in the area and finding ways to support learning in the district, ”Haneline and Hawn say. With new positions come new challenges, and Ms. Haneline and Ms. Hawn have reflected on time and schedule limitations. “We could always use more hours in the day to collaborate with teachers. Scheduling speaking time when teachers have limited planning time is something we continue to refine.
Since Ms. Haneline is an elementary teaching methods coach, she has been instrumental in moving the classroom to the new building:, how to place furniture to maximize student attention, and how simply make it all fit into the rooms where we try to socially alienate students.
Ms. Hawn explained that while high school teachers have not made the transition to a new building, several teachers have moved to different classrooms and several new district staff initiatives are underway. “We really use our people skills to help everyone troubleshoot new technologies and increase school-home connections as students enter and leave quarantines. It can be overwhelming at home and at school, but we adapt and grow, ”said Hawn.
Ms. Haneline is in her 23rd year of study this year. She has taught at Fort Leonard Wood, a charter school in Colorado, the Dent Phelps School District and Tennessee, where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Ms. Haneline returned home to Licking where she worked as a Wildcat for three years. Ms. Haneline is preparing for her specialist and doctoral degrees, which is in addition to her evening and weekend commitments. “I am so blessed to have the love and support of my family – my 18 year old husband Chris, (who is peace for my hurricane), and my beautiful daughters, Ally (a junior this year) and Lisa (fifth grader). “
Ms. Hawn is in the first months of her 21st year of school. She began her teaching career in Orrick, Missouri, where she was a high school science teacher and coach for three seasons. From there, Ms. Hawn transferred to Salem to teach high school science and train, and moved to Licking High School 16 years ago. Ms. Hawn is well known for her dedication to students and teachers. She has completed her master’s degree. “None of this would be possible without my home support system,” said Ms. Hawn. “My husband, Conway, and I have been married for 21 years, our son, Cliff, is a senior this year and our son, Christian, is in the first year. They help me stay motivated!
Ms Haneline and Ms Hawn spent most of their interview reflecting on their pride in district staff and sharing how hard everyone works. Promoting others is a strength of our two teaching method coaches. We are fortunate to have this dynamic duo in positions to maximize their contributions. They offer 43 years of combined classroom work while adding positive energy and diverse experiences to the Licking R-VIII School District. For these reasons, we are honored to recognize Ms. Haneline and Ms. Hawn as our Featured Staff of the Month.