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Katie Picciuto (TN '16)


Mill Creek Elementary School
Nolensville, TN

Subject(s) taught: Reading, Social Studies
Grade(s): 5

At the time of the Award, Katie Picciuto was:

Battle Academy
Chattanooga, TN

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 3

Biographical Information

Along with reading, math, science and social studies, Katelyn Picciuto's third-graders at Battle Academy in Chattanooga learn another very important skill: how to critique each other's work. Picciuto acts as the facilitator as students share their work in front of the class, then listen as their peers offer both compliments and respectfully deliver suggestions for improvement. Calm, quiet and strong, Picciuto creates a safe environment in her classroom where students know they can trust her and each other.

Known as a skilled differentiator, Picciuto provides students menus from which they can choose their activities and offers multiple assessment options and exit tasks. Under her guidance and careful management, students work independently, stay organized and engaged, and self-assess their learning continuously. As a result, Picciuto's students at all learning levels show consistently high growth.

As the third-grade team lead, Picciuto plays a key role in the school's efforts to foster teacher leadership. She represents her grade level at school meetings and oversees the grade's day-to-day operations. Picciuto also leads team planning each week for her grade level and provides feedback on lesson content and pacing. Picciuto serves on the school leadership team and has worked on committees that focus on arts integration, Socratic seminars, and multiple intelligences. As the school's literacy support representative, Picciuto is responsible for sharing key literacy information from the district with her school. She leads best practices sessions for intermediate teachers and mentors student teachers from local universities.

Picciuto's communications skills are an asset in forging relationships with parents; she goes beyond conferences and open houses to connect with them. At the beginning of the year she asks parents to write a letter about their children, sharing how they work best and where they may need help. Baker solicits information about parents' strengths, skills, and interests to find ways to include them in classroom activities.

Picciuto earned both a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and a Bachelor of Arts in foreign language (Spanish) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010. 

Press release: The 2016-17 Tennessee Milken Educator Award and $25,000 Go To … Katelyn Baker of Hamilton County!

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Katie Picciuto Newsletters

Wrapping Up Our 30th Anniversary Season
Mar 31, 2017

Katie Picciuto In The News

19 Inspiring Quotes from Teachers Around the World
Reader's Digest  |  Apr 17, 2018  |  White Plains, NY

Why This Award-Winning Teacher Starts The Year Eating Lunch With Her Students
Chalkbeat Tennessee  |  May 31, 2017  |  Memphis, TN

Battle Academy Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award  |  Mar 08, 2017  |  Chattanooga, TN

Battle Academy Teacher Surprised with $25,000 National Award
Chattanooga Times Free Press  |  Mar 07, 2017  |  Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga Educator Surprised By $25,000 Milken Award
The  |  Mar 07, 2017  |  Chattanooga, TN

Battle Academy Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Award
WDEF-TV  |  CBS  |  Mar 07, 2017  |  Chattanooga, TN

Local Hamilton County Teacher Surprised with $25,000
WTVT-TV  |  ABC  |  Mar 07, 2017  |  Chattanooga, TN