At J.E. Robins Elementary in Charleston, WV, Amanda Mays uses rigorous standards and forward-thinking instruction to propel pupils to the next level. Bolstered by her superb classroom management skills, Mays focuses on creative, project- based learning. Thanks to grants—two of which she facilitated—that her school has received, Mays has been able to set up a production studio in which her students deliver regular newscasts. She also plans lessons that incorporate laptops and established a school invention fair—all activities that involve multimedia and hands-on group learning. It is not the ample resources, however, that are responsible for the creativity and energy that saturate her classroom.
Standardized testing reveals positive value-added data, with her students performing above the state average and showing growth in all subgroups. The state average of students demonstrating mastery in math was 45 percent; her class posted 63 percent. Mays even discloses assessment results to the students themselves and has them graph their progress during the year to encourage them to take a leadership role in their achievement.
Mays serves as the county SMART Board trainer, mentors
new teachers and coordinates district technology days.
A Professional Learning Community facilitator and
Educational Leadership program enrollee, Mays has
completed specialized training in more than a dozen
areas and sits on the district math team.
Additionally, she has presented to the county school
board and been featured in local newspapers for her
Mays was also featured in a West Virginia State University Alumni Commercial
WBOY-12 News | Dec 26 , 2010 | Charleston, WV
The Charleston Daily Mail | Dec 02 , 2010 | Charleston, WV
WOWK 13 | CBS | Dec 01 , 2010 | Charleston, WV
West Viriginia Public Radio | Dec 01 , 2010 | Charleston, WV
West Virginia MetroNews | Dec 01 , 2010 | Charleston, WV
The Charleston Gazette | Dec 01 , 2010 | Charleston, WV