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Friday, October 1, 2010

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Department of Education Names New Teacher Liaison

~ Kelly Seay to play critical role in connecting Florida teachers with state officials ~

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Education is proud to announce the addition of an experienced and innovative educator to its Office of Communications and External Affairs. Kelly Seay, a former nationally-recognized Leon county teacher and reading coach, has assumed the Teacher Liaison position within the Department. Seay is responsible for effectively communicating with teachers throughout Florida, and will reach fellow educators by newsletter, phone, e-mail, and in-person through numerous outreach efforts during the school year and summer. Seay is excited to interact with Florida’s great team of teachers and to work with them on new projects including the $700 million federal Race to the Top grant.

“I have been afforded an amazing opportunity to assist teachers across the state. As a teacher, I know the everyday challenges and successes in the classroom, and I understand the concerns of educators,” said Seay. “Through teamwork and partnership, we will build even greater communication between the local and state levels.”

“The new addition of Kelly Seay to our team will greatly benefit teachers, students, parents, and administrators throughout the state,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “It is an honor to have Kelly on our staff, and I look forward to her fostering the best communication possible between state officials and our teachers across the state.”

Seay has spent more than 15 years in the classroom, most recently as a sixth grade Language Arts teacher and Reading Coach at Swift Creek Middle School in Tallahassee. While at Swift Creek, she was nationally recognized as a Featured Teacher for “Raising Reading Achievement Rates in Florida” by the Scholastic Teacher Publication. Seay served as an Intensive Reading Teacher, Head Grant Writer, Training and Education Center Representative, and Speech Coordinator while at Swift Creek. She previously worked as a Reading Consultant for Columbia County Schools as well as a fourth grade teacher and Reading/Writing Coach for W.T. Moore Elementary School in Tallahassee. Seay holds a Master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Samford University. She is certified in Elementary Education, English 6-12, ESE K-12, and Reading K-12.

The Florida Department of Education created the Teacher Liaison position in 2006 to serve as a conduit for issues and information affecting Florida’s teachers. Through the Teacher Liaison, educators throughout the state can receive up-to-date news and information on Department projects and initiatives as well as discounts for educators offered by Florida businesses. To learn more about the Teacher Liaison, visit the Just for Teachers website at http://www.fldoe.org/justforteachers/.