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November 6, 2018


Middle Tennessee State University


We want to share with Rutherford County teachers about an exciting event happening at MTSU next week. MTeach is excited to host Cicely Woodard, 2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, on Thursday November 8at 6 p.m. in MTSU College of Education Building Room 160.


Ms. Woodard will be speaking about minority representation in the K-12 classroom.


Parking on campus at MTSU does not require a parking pass in the evening after 5:30 pm. 


Cicely Woodard is an experienced teacher leader who is passionate about students learning math content through relevant, real-world contexts. Students in her middle school math classes develop critical thinking skills while engaging in challenging math tasks that require them to justify their thinking and critique the reasoning of others through small group work and writing about math.


Cicely believes that learning math can help her students face life’s challenges with confidence.


Her teacher leadership work involves speaking at the local, state and national levels, developing district-wide scope and sequence documents, reviewing statewide assessments, mentoring student teachers, and facilitating mathematics education professional learning opportunities.


She has served as an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University.


She recently served as a member of the inaugural Nashville Public Education Foundation Teacher Cabinet. Currently she has the opportunity to inform education policy at the state level as a member of the Tennessee Teacher Advisory Council and the Tennessee Assessment Taskforce.


In 2014, she served as the Coordinator of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education where teachers learned about education policy and advocating for their students.


Cicely is a 2017 State-Level Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, a 2018 Greater Nashville Alliance of Black School Educators Award Winner, the 2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, and a 2019 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence Winner.


She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Memphis and a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University. Cicely is currently a student in the Doctorate of Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change program at Lipscomb University. Cicely and her husband, Ron, are raising two sons, Jonathan and Joseph.