Wanted: AR Coaches!

tutoringInterested in helping Peabody students become better readers? Have a little time to offer now and then? Sounds like you’d make a perfect AR Coach!

What is AR? Accelerated Reader is an online reading improvement initiative funded by the Peabody PTA and supported by the Peabody faculty. Students read books, then take quizzes on them to assess comprehension, and earn points toward prizes and recognition! Lots more info about AR at Peabody is here.

AR Coach Role: Your main task will be to read with students and help them through the process of taking a quiz online (instructions on how to pull up quizzes will be available in each classroom). The teacher will pair you with the student(s) she needs you to work with that day.

Sign Up: Please click on our Volunteer Spot page to view all of the open volunteer times. You can sign up for as many spots as you like, whenever your schedule allows. Some of the windows of time are long, but please know you are not committing to staying for the entire block of time — this is just the window that the teacher could use your help. We would ask that you plan on staying for at least 20-30 minutes.

IMPORTANT: You must be a Level II or Level III approved volunteer before serving as an AR Coach. If you were Level II or Level III approved last school year (2012-13), then are this year as well. If you’re not sure, please call or visit the school office and ask them to check the volunteer list for your name. Info on the Volunteer Approval process is here.

Feedback: This is a bit of an experiment in mobilizing classroom volunteers at Peabody, so please feel free to email any comments or questions about how it’s going!


Interested in making a more regular commitment? Consider being a STAR Tutor.

Bring Positive Changes to Peabody Elementary!


Here are two great opportunities to make a big difference at Peabody Elementary and beyond…

One is by serving on the Positive Behavior Incentive System (PBIS) team. This team meets 4-6 times a year to look at school-wide incentives for positive behavior.  More details can be found in the form below.  

The second opportunity is by serving as the Peabody Representative on the Parent Assembly. This assembly meets once a month and is comprised of one parent representative from each school. More details can be found in the form below.  

Thank you for considering these opportunities!

-Peabody PTA, Parent and Community Engagement Team


Be a STAR and join Peabody’s tutoring program!

Have you always dreamed of being a star? Peabody’s STAR tutoring program will give you just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
Super Tutors Achieving Results (STARs) work with Peabody’s younger students (mostly 2nd graders) who are struggling readers to put them on a path to success. We’re looking for Peabody parents and other community members who are willing to commit to these great kids as they work hard to improve their reading skills. Volunteers do not need any special teaching experience — you’ll mostly just be providing extra one-on-one reading practice with your student.

Click here to read more about the program in the LampLighter, Cooper-Young’s community newspaper.

Tutoring Blocks (choose a one-hour shift): 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 

8:35 am – 1:00 pm & 

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 


7:30 am – 1:00 pm

& 2:00 – 5:00


All Day

We ask each volunteer to commit to an hour a week or to form a tutoring team and share a one-hour weekly time slot with friends. Training will be done in the evening at Peabody during September, times to be announced. All new volunteers must be fingerprinted at the main Memphis City Schools offices.

Ready to sign up? Click here to start your journey to stardom!

Have other questions? Email Ginger Spickler, the Peabody PTA’s VP of Academic Advocacy and Innovation.