Anna Distinguished Service Award Winner 2009 and 2016

Anna J. Small RoseboroAnna J. Small Roseboro Is the 2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient


Anna has been involved in the Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award since its inauguration in 2008, mentoring and supporting new members into the work of NCTE. In addition, Anna has been a member of the NCTE Secondary Section Steering Committee, the CEL Executive Committee, and many NCTE committees.

From the very strong letters of support offering specific examples of Anna’s suitability, it’s clear that she exemplifies the full criteria for the award in exceedingly positive ways: service to NCTE in various capacities, service to the teaching profession at large, scholarly accomplishment in multiple venues, and excellence in teaching at various levels. In addition, she has proven herself to be a dedicated mentor and support for teachers at all stages of their careers, further exemplifying her dedicated and distinguished service to NCTE and the profession.


Years of experience as a teacher have taught me that on-going professional development and enrichment are essential to increase educators’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs so that they can assist students in reaching high levels of learning. Professional development that is most effective in improving educator practice is results-oriented, data driven, constructivist in nature and job embedded.

Professional enrichment includes regular meetings with eager, enthusiastic educators who are experiencing success and satisfaction along their career path and planned gatherings that allow for both structured and unstructured conversations. It’s relationships that increase retention in this vocation.

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