Grassland Middle school counselor Maribel Gadams is one of only 30 educators to be part of the 2020-21 Tennessee Educator Fellowship.

The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong State Collaborative on Reforming Educators (SCORE) program that gives teachers, school counselors, interventionists and librarians an opportunity to learn about education policy and use that knowledge to help their students. During the program, cohorts will meet four times throughout the year to learn about and advocate for a student-focused education policy.

The 30 educators come from elementary, middle and high school levels in urban, suburban and rural settings around the state.

Gadams applied for the fellowship to learn more about state education policies and how they impact students and teachers. As a cohort, Gadams will be a liaison between her fellow teachers, the community, policymakers and advocates.

“I am extremely thrilled about this opportunity and looking forward to meeting with other educators throughout the state and helping to make an impact on education,” Gadams said.

Cohorts in the program may speak at public events, serve on state-level policy committees, engage with policymakers and write for state and national publications.

“Our goal is to go back into our communities to elevate our voices to support and advance student-focused education policy,” Gadams said.