Since becoming a fourth-grade teacher in 2002 at Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Academy in East Orange, New Jersey, Renee Richardson-Bachia has almost doubled the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in language arts to 92 percent in 2007. That same year, 100 percent of the school's fourth graders scored proficient in math. Working with students individually, in small groups and in large-class settings, Richardson-Bachia provides engaging, standards-based lessons and research-based strategies in a warm, inviting, colorful, child-centered classroom atmosphere. She constantly analyzes and interprets student assessment data, evaluates her own teaching strategies and modifies them to reach all students. After observing Richardson-Bachia teach a fourth-grade math lesson, an assistant superintendent was so impressed that he arranged to have every principal in the district observe her teaching, and had a video made of her lesson to share as a model for other teachers districtwide. As the school's Student Council advisor, Richardson-Bachia helps plan various student activities that build students' character and leadership skills. As a principal intern at Cochran in 2005-06, she worked with the principal on a number of school-related issues, including the creation of a Parent Academy that provides parents with information and workshops to help improve their lives socially and economically. Richardson-Bachia has mentored first-year teachers, presented best practices at staff meetings and district-level events, and has participated in designing and evaluating programs for professional development.
The Role of Secondary Education in Promoting Sustainable Development in the Caribbean and Latin America
B.A. - University of South Florida; M.A. - Seton Hall University; Ed.D. - Seton Hall University