Hello, I am Valerie Byars
Valerie is a passionate veteran educator with a unique ability to connect with and motivate students. Throughout her 20-year career she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of school environments with many different types of students. Helping students overcome academic obstacles and partnering with parents to aid students in achieving their highest potential is her passion.
Graduating with a BA in Political Science from the College of Charleston, she began her teaching career at Killeen High School in Texas in 1997 where her husband was stationed as a young army officer at Fort Hood. In 2005 she earned her Masters in Secondary Education-History concentration from the University of Alabama. Throughout her extensive career, she has been licensed in four states and she has taught all courses in the Social Sciences including geography, world history, US history, government and economics, and psychology as well as several AP courses. She holds North Carolina and South Carolina teaching licensure in Social Studies grades 6-12, and also served as a Middle School Dean of students.
In 2005, Valerie became a faculty advisor to several students and found great satisfaction helping them navigate their high school careers and the college admissions process. The college admission process can be very stressful for students and their parents. Valerie is particularly adept at making this process more manageable and relishes helping students find the “right” fit when choosing a college. In 2014 she completed extensive training to become an Academic Life Coach. Through her coaching skills, she is able to help students identify their gifts and talents in order to utilize them to achieve their goals.
To stay abreast of the latest research in education and adolescent development, Valerie annually attends The Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston and New York City, in addition to attending other professional development conferences. Other areas of particular interest to Valerie are the effects of stress on adolescent health and learning strategies for students with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Additionally, she has a reputation for being a highly qualified and effective teacher as evidenced by her AP passing rates and scores that far exceeds national averages. In 2017 she had a 94% passing rate and a student score average of 4.2 (national score average 3.2) on the AP Psychology Exam and in US Government and Politics her passing rate was 100% with a score average of 4.5 (national average 2.58). Valerie and her husband Rob have been married since 1994 and have two children, Caroline, and Liam.