Dr. Renee Prior is a clinical supervisor for teacher candidates at Kennesaw State University where she observes and supports candidates during their year-long student teaching experience. Dr. Prior has over 20 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and a principal. The hallmark of her experience is empowering teachers as leaders and establishing a school culture of collaboration to improve teaching and learning.
Dr. Prior’s dissertation is an arts-based, qualitative, case study of a team of 5th grade teachers who participated in a job-embedded professional learning book study of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings. Transcripts from the 10-week book study sessions were transcribed using poetic transcription to create a suite of poems depicting the teachers’ personal thoughts about their teaching practices and personal learning experiences.
Dr. Prior earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Elementary Education from The University of Georgia. She continues her research of introducing teacher teams to culturally relevant pedagogy through job-embedded book studies as an approach to improve classroom instruction and student learning in urban school settings.