In early October, Kennett Middle School science teacher Mrs. Joy Rosser traveled to Austin, Texas, to present at the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education.
Her session, titled “Igniting the Middle Level: The Power of Educators,” targeted administrators, counselors, media specialists/librarians, parents, principals, teachers, and team leaders. Mrs. Rosser had previously presented this material locally through the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Kennett Consolidated School District.
The Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages ten to fifteen, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.
“Personally, I was thrilled to learn that my proposal had been accepted for this year’s conference,” Mrs. Rosser states. “Professionally, presenting at the conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase the positive culture of Kennett Middle School.”
The goal of Mrs. Rosser’s presentation was to engage attendees in conversations about how who they are and what they say enhances their students’ learning experiences.
“Educators are the catalysts for their classroom and school,” Mrs. Rosser explains. “I wanted attendees to leave my session with the motivational and optimistic wisdom to ignite the spark that will help them to make a positive difference in their students and their schools. I want to empower educators with a greater sense of purpose and confidence for their students’ benefit.”
Mrs. Rosser’s session engaged attendees in discussions around juggling and balancing multiple roles, counseling parents, inspiring colleagues, and motivating students. Together, they explored obstacles in daily teaching and strategized through challenges in order to improve retention so that teachers bring their best energy every day for their students.
“We were so proud to have Joy represent Kennett Middle School and the state of Pennsylvania at the national convention,” Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis, Kennett Middle School’s principal, comments. “Joy is truly a dedicated and hardworking individual with tons of passion to ‘ignite’ our students and staff.”
Mrs. Rosser serves as a member of the southeast regional board and the state board of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. In addition, she is the secretary of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s board of directors and is a member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch State Team.