Chelonnda Seroyer, M.Ed.
Chelonnda 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 “Patriot Award.” This award is given to a faculty member in recognition of valuable contributions, dedication, and service to the educational community. 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. Chelonnda was also an executive member of the Madison City School’s New Teacher Induction Team where she, along with central staff personnel, coordinated the induction program for new teachers coming into the school system.
Along with her school based contributions, Chelonnda has also worked with universities in the community. The University of Alabama in Huntsville has selected her to be a member of the Education Department’s Community Advisory Council. This committee serves as a sounding board and advisory group for issues related to the preparation and support of highly qualified teachers.
In 2007 Chelonnda received the Toyota International Teacher Award. This award was presented to 40 teachers from around the country. The teachers 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.
Chelonnda has presented with Dr. Harry Wong for organizations such as, the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (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. In addition to their domestic appearances, she also travels with Harry and Rosemary Wong around the world including their latest trip to Hong Kong. She is one of the featured teachers in Dr. Wong’s online classroom management course and her complete story was featured in a February 2005, www.teachers.net column. Chelonnda is also featured on a DVD in the new 4th edition of The First Days of School.
She has done solo presentations both nationally and internationally for various school districts including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, St. Thomas, St. Croix , and Canada. She has also worked with new teacher programs such as the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Pre-Service Teacher Institute and the Miami-Dade County School District’s Summer Inservice program.