Porter-Leath recently welcomed Kelley Nichols as the new Vice President of its Teacher Excellence Program, located at the Early Childhood Academy. The Academy is a state-of-the-art preschool that provides comprehensive early childhood education and support services for 224 students in 16 classrooms. The Teacher Excellence Program is an early childhood teacher training program that provides professional development for Preschool teachers in partnership with Shelby County Schools. The Program teaches valuable skills that enhance teacher effectiveness, increase student achievement, and maximize classroom and family engagement.
As Vice President, Nichols will supervise the implementation and evaluation of the Academy’s Teacher Excellence Program. Before joining Porter-Leath, she worked as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Cornerstone Preparatory School, where she developed, managed and assessed teachers and coaches, as well as improved learning outcomes for children. She has also served in leadership roles at Aurora Collegiate Academy, Balmoral Baptist Church Pre-School and Shelby County Schools. Nichols has a Bachelor of Science in in Elementary Education from Crichton College, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and is working towards her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Management from St. Thomas University.
"Kelley’s proven performance in public, private and charter schools brings invaluable experience and insight to Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program,” said Sean Lee, President of Porter-Leath. “We look forward to using her talents to lead a program that intensively supports early childhood educators so that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn."