Special to The Tribune
TRUSSVILLE — A Trussville City Schools reading coach has been selected as a resident in the Alabama State Department of Education 2019 Principal Candidate Semester Residency program.
The TCS Board of Education made the announcement Monday, Dec. 11, during the regularly scheduled board meeting that TCS District Reading Coach, Kelly McGough, was selected for the 2019 spring semester.
According to TCS, up to 10 semester residencies were available for sponsorship by the ALSDE.
The Principal Candidate Semester Residency provides $25,000 to support the salary and benefits of a certified and highly qualified teacher to replace the residency candidate for an academic semester. This allows aspiring instructional leaders to participate in critical field-based leadership learning while providing for all the academic needs of students.
McGough, who has been the TCS Lead Literary Coach since 2016, will work alongside Dr. Lisa Lothspeich at Paine Elementary during the 2019 spring semester. A certified teacher will be secured as replacement for McGough during the spring 2019 semester.
“I feel so fortunate to be selected as one of 10 recipients of the ALSDE Principal Candidate Semester Residency Program,” McGough said. “A semester under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Lothspeich will provide me the experience necessary to be an influential school leader.
“I am appreciative to the Alabama Department of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Trussville City Schools for this opportunity.
“I look forward to participating with Dr. Lothspeich in daily leadership activities encompassing the Alabama State Standards for Instructional Leaders.”
According to the ALSDE website, the Alabama State Department of Education is committed to ensuring that every school is led by a well-prepared, resourced, supported and effective leader. The ALSDE believes that a semester residency with a veteran, successful instructional leader will help ensure that future principals are better prepared to lead the learning in Alabama’s schools.