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Teacher Leader Endorsement 

Now Enrolling for Fall 2024! 
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Classes begin September 12

The Teacher Leader Endorsement at Metro RESA is a GaPSC approved preparation program that provides approved candidates with the coursework and related field experience required to add the Teacher Leader Endorsement to a current standard Georgia Professional Certificate. Within the year-long endorsement, candidates focus on developing peer and collegial leadership skills.  Key elements of the endorsement include: promoting effective communication skills, building relationships, developing coaching skills, and broadening perspectives related to district and school leadership. 

Participants complete a clinical supervision cycle, design an action research project, develop a professional growth plan, create and deliver a professional learning workshop, facilitate a professional learning team meeting, participate in local governance activities, and work with a site supervisor to better understand building leadership challenges and procedures.

For more information, contact the Metro RESA Teacher Leader Endorsement Coordinator, Crystal Ricks

Meet the Coordinator

Crystal Ricks, Metro RESA Teacher Leader Endorsement Coordinator

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Crystal Ricks, a native of Alabama, is in her 17th year of service as an educator. She began her career as a classroom teacher at Liberty Point elementary school where she developed her love for teaching, learning, and leadership. Mrs. Ricks began her leadership journey as a Grade Level Chair, New Teacher Mentor and Professional Learning Facilitator and then continued to learn and lead as a Curriculum Support Teacher. Mrs. Ricks attended Berea College earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She also earned a Master’s of Education Degree from Lesley University in Integrating Teaching Through the Arts. More recently, she earned a Tier I Certification and EDS in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.

Mrs. Ricks is a passionate, innovative, and collaborative leader whose life purpose has been to ensure that each student reaches his or her maximum potential. Her focus on rigorous classroom instruction, student data, and professional development has yielded positive student learning outcomes. As a Curriculum Support Teacher, she partnered with the school administrative team to raise student achievement. Through a partnership among students, staff, and community members Liberty Point Elementary School improved from an “F” to “C” school as measured by College & Career Performance Index (CCRPI) and has been identified as a “Beating the Odds School” for four consecutive years. As a Curriculum Support Teacher of Liberty Point Elementary School, she made a meaningful impact by creating structures and protocols to support Liberty Point’s focus on student development. She also focused on building the capacity of teachers by developing and facilitating high quality professional learning content, transformational coaching, and targeted feedback. Mrs. Ricks was also recognized as the 2010 Teacher of the Year at Liberty Point Elementary School.

In addition to her work as a Curriculum Support Teacher at Liberty Point Elementary School, she contributed to the school community as the Chair of the School Governance Council.

In her current role as a Program Specialist for Professional Development, she aims to build the capacity of all district stakeholders to serve the children of Fulton County Schools. Her passion and contribution has been in designing and facilitating professional learning and coaching experiences to over 400 teacher leaders as they lead and facilitate the efforts of Professional Learning Communities. As Coordinator of the MRESA Teacher Leader Endorsement (TLE) program, she is equally enthusiastic about providing high quality professional learning opportunities for aspiring teacher leaders. Having previously completed the TLE program, she knows firsthand how impactful the knowledge, skills, and experiences from the program can be in supporting and transforming teaching and learning.

Crystal Ricks is an educator and self-proclaimed “life-long learner” and is committed to changing the trajectory of the lives of all children. She has committed her life to educating the next generation and becoming the best version of herself despite the obstacles and hardships she has faced in life. She firmly believes in constant reflection and that “every day is a new day.” One of her favorite quotes: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~Maya Angelou, serves as a reminder that each of us are constantly evolving into the person we were designed to be.