Paige Tucker, a doctoral student in the Curriculum Leadership program, has been invited by Dr. Steve Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction, to serve on the State Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Committee. “It is incredibly gratifying as a teacher to know your opinions are being heard. Serving on the advisory council will give me an opportunity to express my opinions about current issues in education as well as to discuss what the future of education in Virginia might look like,” Mrs. Tucker said.
Mrs. Tucker holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in Reading from Longwood University in 2011. Currently, she is a full-time K-5 Reading Specialist in Chesterfield County with over ten years of teaching experience in grades K-2 and in middle school English where she also served as an English Department Chair. She also writes part-time as a freelancer for a local family magazine, Richmond Family Magazine.
Mrs. Tucker served on the Teacher Cabinet for Governor McDonnell in 2013 and was selected to be a Teacher Ambassador for The New Teacher Project in 2004 which allowed her to travel to high need areas in Virginia and recruit teachers.
Just having begun her second class and attending part-time at W&M, she is already impressed by the merit of the professors. “They possess an incredible amount of knowledge and experience. I truly believe the quality of education I am receiving at William and Mary is unbeatable. I always wanted to attend William and Mary and feel so fortunate to be here,” she said.
In the future she hopes to work with literacy and curriculum development. She said, “I enjoy working with teachers and hope to make their jobs a little easier.”