School Of Discovery

School of Discovery Teacher of The Year

 

Kathryn Saltzman

Kathryn Saltzman has been committed to educational equity since 2014. While attending Princeton University, she served on the board of Community House, a program for K-12 youth in the local Princeton area. After graduating in 2018, Saltzman decided to continue her fight for educational equity by joining Teach For America and moving to Selma, Alabama. She started her career as a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at R.B. Hudson S.T.E.A.M. Academy, where she infused the standards-based curriculum with design-based thinking projects that focused on students’ critical thinking and creativity. After completing her two-year commitment with Teach For America at RBH, Saltzman valued the relationships she built through her teaching, coaching, and involvement with community organizations such as the YMCA, so much that she decided to stay in Selma. Reflecting on her first two years as a teacher, Saltzman realized that students in the Black Belt lacked a space for creative expression, as well as networking opportunities in the creative fields. This led Saltzman to co-found Black Belt Youth Arts Collective, an after-school art program for young people in rural, Central Alabama. In 2020, she accepted the position of 6th grade English Language Arts/Social Studies teacher at School of Discovery. She took virtual learning’s challenges head on, focusing on innovation and student-engagement. She utilized interactive tools, maintained peer-to-peer collaboration, and integrated current events into the A+ content so students could simultaneously practice their language skills and process their experiences in our unpredictable world. 
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