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Conference on English Leadership Awards - Previous Revision

2009 Exemplary Leader

Carolyn Phipps

Carolyn Phipps 

Currently Carolyn Phipps is the Director of Studies at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.  She started work there after teaching English in the Memphis City Schools for 34 years. She taught at Southside High School, Oakhaven High School, and was English Supervisor for the district.  In 1995 she decided to return to the classroom and went to Wooddale High School.  There she was Instructional Facilitator, AP English teacher and Coordinator of the Optional Aviation Program.  Mrs. Phipps attended Union University in Jackson, TN and holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education from the University of Memphis. She is a Career Ladder III teacher. In 1996 she was selected as a Rotary Teacher of Excellence.   In addition, she was selected as Tennessee English Teacher of Excellence by TCTE.

Believing that professional affiliation improves teaching, Mrs. Phipps has served in various capacities on the local, state, and national level in educational organizations. She recently retired as the Executive Director of Tennessee Council of Teachers of English.  She has been a member of the Secondary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English Steering Committee and on the Editorial Board of NCTE.  Knowing that affiliates are the life blood of NCTE, she was Region 3 director and then SCOA chairperson. Because she knows that new teachers need support, she began the Mentoring program for Shelby-Memphis Council of Teachers of English and was instrumental in the revision of the Tennessee Literary Map. She also served on the Language Arts Advisory Council for Tennessee. Mrs. Phipps has been a member of Association of Secondary School Curriculum Development, Tennessee Middle School Association, Adolescent Literature Association, American Literature Association, CEL, Delta Kappa Gamma, and International Reading Association. Mrs. Phipps also has served on the state committee for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI.)

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2009 English Leadership Quarterly Best Article

Winner: Crystal K. Whitlow, University of Tennessee-Martin, Ninety Minutes of Inclusion: 10 Essentials Elements Observed  April 2008

Crystal K. Whitlow is an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She earned her doctorate in Special Education at the University of Memphis, her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education at Northern Arizona University, and her undergraduate degree in Emotionally Impaired Education at Eastern Michigan University.  She has fifteen years experience in the P-12 classroom including regular education K-2, and special education K-12.  She has five grown children and five grandchildren.



Noah BorreroHonorable Mention: Noah Borrero, University of San Francisco, What Students See, Hear, and Do: Language as an Asset at the Bay School February 2008

Noah Borrero is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). He started a new program in Urban Education and Social Justice at USF where he teaches courses in bilingual education and teaching for diversity and social justice. His research interests focus on urban education, acculturation, and adolescent development. He earned his Ph.D from Stanford University in Child and Adolescent development in 2006. Noah taught middle and high school English in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed a “young interpreters” program where bilingual youth served as interpreters and translators for their school and community.



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