On October 19, 2018, Kyla Reed and I traveled to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School to formally present at the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) Conference. Our presentation titled ‘A Voice for Vocabulary’ focused on strategies I use within my classroom for vocabulary acquisition.
During this past summer, I contacted Kyla, asking if she would co-present vocabulary strategies with me. Ultimately, this meant designing and presenting to potentially 30 teachers from around the state. She enthusiastically, without hesitation agreed. We met 4-5 times during the fall to organize and structure our presentation. She tirelessly designed half of the slides of information to present, gathered video interviews from former students during her free time to incorporate into the presentation, and the day of, eloquently and sophisticatedly spoke to over 50 teachers that attended. She truly ‘shined’ during the presentation. Not only was I incredibly proud of her success, but several teachers in attendance praised her natural ability to speak so well in front of the audience. They truly appreciated her insights and student perspective.
Kyla Reed is a worthwhile, deserving nominee. She shows great promise of shining more and more throughout her years as a high school student. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a phenomenal student at Lowville Academy, willing to relinquish her time during and outside of school hours to share her extracurricular talents.
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