Teacher Frankie Day has helped students of all ability levels make significant academic gains, both as a former literacy coach at one of East Baton Rouge Parish's most at-risk schools, and in her current role as a first-grade teacher at Louisiana State University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A National Board Certified teacher, Day implements and models research-based instructional practices such as guided reading, shared reading, Writer's Workshop, learning centers and technology integration. Her inquiry-based, interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to investigate units of study based on what they know and want to learn, and she frequently uses assessments and rubrics to drive and plan instruction. Day involves parents in their children's education by organizing classroom events such as Pumpkin Pizzazz, in which parents and students work together to measure and weigh pumpkins and graph their findings. As a result of her effective teaching, students leave her class as motivated, independent, higher-level thinkers, well prepared for second grade. All of Day's students were reading at or above grade level last year according to results on the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). Grade-level chair and member of her school's Instructional Council, Day has served on numerous committees, trains new teachers as a mentor under the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program (LaTAAP), and has presented workshops at local, state and national levels.
1991 Louisiana State University, B.S.