The Morehouse Parish School Board held its annual Administrative Retreat Monday and Tuesday at Chemin-A-Haut State Park.
Following introductions from those in attendance, Chelonnda Seroyer spoke to the 30 administrators regarding classroom management skills. Seroyer began her educational career as a high school English teacher in Madison, Alabama. She used Dr. Wong’s book, "The First Days of School", as an instruction manual to set up her classroom. At the end of her first year of teaching she was awarded the Bob Jones First Year Patriot Award. At the end of her second year of teaching she was awarded the school’s Patriot Award. At the end of her fourth year of teaching, the first year that she was eligible because she was newly tenured, she received the Teacher of the Year award. In 2007, Seroyer received the Toyota International Teacher Award. This award was presented to 40 teachers from around the country. The recipients traveled to Japan for an educational study tour of the country and its educational system. While in Japan, she was featured on the Japanese national news station while discussing her plans to bring the Japanese culture into her classroom. Seroyer has presented with Dr. Harry Wong for organizations such as Kean University and the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJ/ASCD), the Texas Teachers Alternative Certification Program, the North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium and has done keynote presentations for Dr. Bill Daggett’s International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools Conferences. She has also worked with new teacher programs such as the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Pre-Service Teacher Institute, the Miami-Dade County School District’s Summer Inservice program and the Texas Teachers Alternative Certification Program. In addition to her domestic appearances, she has also presented internationally in Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Canada. The administrators participated in numerous activities Monday before staying the night at the camp and returning today for additional training including a presentation from Melissa Stilley with the Louisiana Department of Education.