growing, growing, grownnnn

March 12th, 2020 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

So much of who I am this year I attribute to the Kenan Fellows experience. (Both personally and professionally) But because I have grown professionally, I’ve expected my kids to do the same. I’ve mentioned before the importance of having some type of assessment to show my student’s growth rather than just a test score […]

changes came…

March 3rd, 2020 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

As If I didn’t mention this enough in the previous posts… the immediate change that I saw in myself as a teacher was the risk taking. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in the BEST way possible. If it wasn’t for this experience, I would still be the teacher who stuck to that […]

Alllllllll The Newness

January 22nd, 2020 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

Well… you remember that one session about grant writing?  I kinda dove into that head first. Once I started filling out grants, I just couldn’t stop. It was one after another and the confidence just grew. So, even though that newfound strategy is more for me, it is paying off for my students. In fact, […]

Endless Possibilities

January 22nd, 2020 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

So the blog question that I have been brainstorming about for a while finally has an answer. An answer that has been in front of me all along, but as a teacher has been hard to admit. Education is important, it’s valuable, it opens doors to journeys that you never imagined, it brings and helps […]

I have nothing but amazing things to say about my experience with Mertek this Summer. With Kenan Fellows, we were asked to spend three weeks worth of hours for a fellowship with the partnering company/program. I found myself going over the three weeks and going back for more (and more)! The environment at Mertek was […]

Being thrown into the world of all things engineering was a SHOCKER! But, in the best way. The hustle and bustle at Mertek provided me with some of the best professional development I could have asked for in any capacity. When it came time for me to figure out what I wanted to do for […]


June 22nd, 2019 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

What do I hope to gain from my fellowship experience? Anything, everything… ALL THE THINGS!  Prior to meeting Jerry Pedley and Melody Hamilton I was terrified of how I would get through this fellowship. After meeting Jerry Pedley and Melody Hamilton I am terrified of the fact that I was ever even terrified. (Make sense?)  […]

The NCCAT Experience

June 22nd, 2019 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin!! My first NCCAT experience just so happened to be with a group of Kenan Fellows, amazing…right? (I wouldn’t have it any other way.)  I feel like this whole trip has reignited my passion for teaching in the best way possible. It gives me something to feel excited […]

Look Mama, I Made It.

June 14th, 2019 by Maggie Gaines-Hackney

I know that the world of education is always changing.  Being stagnant, it’s not something any teacher wants to do. Each and every year educator’s search for things to keep students engaged, to make learning meaningful.  This year, this is my year.  My year to try new things, to step up to the plate and […]