About Connected Class

Connected Class is a professional development company that supports educators, administrators, and parents with research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. We do this through a unique approach to online support, with a focus on creative tactics to implement in the classroom and at home that are both innovative and practical.

Mission Statement:

We believe every person is unique and learns in their own way; therefore, educators must be equipped with numerous strategies and tools to reach every learner. Connected Class’ primary purpose is to develop educators, parents, and students in all core areas of learning through a creative, hands-on approach.  Connected Class is committed to offering researched-based, high-quality professional development to both public and nonpublic educators. Parents are the foundation for every child’s learning; therefore, Connected Class designs all professional development with additional strategies for parents to utilize with their child at home.

About our Founder, Christel Leahy-Reaves

Christel Leahy-Reaves is the founder of Connected Class. She is an energetic educator who is passionate about learning and teaching. Currently, Christel supports 98 schools in the state of Florida by providing high-quality professional development in building Professional Learning Communities, developing relationships between the classroom and home environment, as well as cultivating data teams to analyze student formative assessments to drive instruction.

Since 1995, Mrs. Leahy-Reaves has taught at all academic levels. She has utilized those classroom experiences in several leadership positions in order to increase student achievement. As an Instructional Specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County, Christel worked closely with the State Regional Director and the Florida Department of Education in removing low performing Title I schools from Intervene and Correct II status. As a district administrator, Christel has assisted numerous schools in curriculum alignment, data analysis and teacher development.

As a certified John Maxwell coach, Christel embeds leadership principles with instructional strategies to increase student achievement at the schools she serves. Christel supports administrators and their teacher leaders with annual Leadership Institutes and Mastermind groups. She has presented to thousands of public and nonpublic school educators from the national to local level. Christel’s dedication to education has led to her being designated as Teacher of the Year (2002) by her peers and nominated for the Dwyer Award for Teaching Excellence in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Christel obtained her master’s degree in Educational Leadership K-12 from Florida Atlantic University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y) College at Cortland in Elementary Education and Early Secondary Biology Education.

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