Friday, Mar. 20, 2009
No less than 13 educators, one from each school district, in Licking County were honored with the “You Made A Difference” teaching award as given out by students.
Two among them are Lisa Preisser and Christina Sommerkamp.
Primary kindergarten teacher Lisa has been making a difference in students’ lives for over 20 years.
She said to be both surprised and humbled by it while her boss called the award well-deserved.
“The award is very well-deserved.
She is a wonderful, wonderful teacher with a really unique program.
— Dana Letts, kindergarten center principal
Christina is a fourth-grade teacher who was nomiated by a 10 year old student.
“She’s a great teacher, and she helps me learn a lot.
I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.”
— Christian Rader, 10, student Licking Heights South Elementary School
As a teacher of primary kindergarten in the Southwest Licking district, Lisa Preisser has been making a difference in countless young students’ lives over the past 20 years.
But this year, her good work with young 5-year-olds has received extra recognition.
Preisser is Southwest Licking School District’s recipient of the Coughlin Automotive You Made a Difference award.
“I was very surprised and humbled by this award,” Preisser said.
“The award is very well-deserved,” said kindergarten center principal Dana Letts. “She is a wonderful, wonderful teacher with a really unique program.”
In the Licking Heights district, student Christian Rader nominated fourth-grade teacher Christina Sommerkamp of Licking Heights South Elementary School.
“I was pleased, surprised, puzzled,” Sommerkamp said.
Rader couldn’t have been more pleased.
“She’s a great teacher, and she helps me learn a lot,” the 10-year-old said. “I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.”
It’s the 10th year that the You Made A Difference awards have been given out.
Recipients are chosen by students for making a difference. They write and hand in an essay about their nomination. The best nominations are in turn given to the disctricts’ superintendent.
Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2008
FUN-LOVING Paul Johnson has scooped the title of the Scarborough Evening News Teacher of the Year 2008.
Mr Johnson, of Hinderwell School, was presented with the award after four of his pupils nominated him for the prestigious title.
Evening News editor Ed Asquith presented Mr Johnson with his certificate – and a cheque for £100 yesterday. His class is also set to enjoy a free trip to the Sea Life Centre which includes being picked up by a complimentary Shoreline Suncruisers open-top bus.
The 30-year-old, who lives in Hunmanby, said: “I am just so shocked. I have been nominated for this award for a few years and I never thought I would win it. It is fantastic. It is completely out of the blue.”
Mr Johnson has worked as a Year 5 teacher at the school for seven years. He also works as an advanced skills teacher which involves visiting other schools in the county once a week to offer cross-curricular teaching.
He was chosen as the winner because of his dynamic but educationally engaging approach to teaching, and based on the real way he has demonstrated that every child matters. Each term he picks a theme for his class and the curriculum is based around it. This term they are studying medieval times – and his classroom has a castle in one corner.
He also treated his class to a three-day trip to London earlier this year.
His nominators were Lucy and Emily Desborough, Rachel Laverick and Rebecca Miller. Classmate Callum Macdonald, 10, said: “He is the best teacher in the world and he deserves this. He is brilliant with us and he is just so funny. He tells lots of jokes which always make us laugh.”
Beth Lawty, nine, added: “Our classroom is the best ever. We have really enjoyed being in his class and I will miss him next year.”
See our website for the celebration video.
The Evening News would like to congratulate eight other teachers who made our Roll of Honour. They are:
Mr Smith from Gladstone Road Junior School, Mr Bateson from Snainton School, Miss Morris from Barrowcliff Junior School, Mr Dyer from Gladstone Road Infant School, Mrs Gortzak from Newby and Scalby School, Miss Atkinson from Scalby School, Mrs Elsdon from Raincliffe School and Mr Hobkinson from Newby and Scalby School.
Teacher Jill Wnuk believes middle school is not just about math, science and social studies: It is also about helping them discover what is really important in life.
“At this age,” she explains “the kids are so ‘all over the place.’ They’re growing up. So we really try to not just teach them subject matter, but also teach them about how to take responsibility and how to make a difference.”
So, just before the school year ended Wnuk’s students donned rubber gloves and picked up garbage bags and trekked down to the banks of the nearby Hockanum River which winds its way around the bend behind the school.
The tally after the day-long campaign: 30 bags of trash – cans, cardboard, plastic, bottles, boxes and even some corroded lengths of pipe that looked suspiciously like an old football goal post from back in the day when football captain and quarterback John Larson was helping his EHHS Hornets score touchdowns on the old high school field at what is now the town’s middle school.
“This is our second time cleaning up along the river,” related Wnuk. “It’s part of an environmental project that we started last year sponsored by [non profit] American Rivers. We keep doing it because (students) understand that it’s important to clean up their community.”
Students really “get it,” said East Hartford Middle School’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ for 2008-2009. “We have 100% participation. They all do it.”
From the baseball fields of Labor Field in Mayberry Village down to the Forbes Street bridge, little seemed to escape the determined middle school garbage avengers.
Teacher Wnuk worked to restrain the students’ eagerness for safety reasons. The kids were given gloves and instructed not to pick up anything they could not identify.
“We told them not to pick up glass. Anything questionable, don’t pick it up. Let an adult pick it up,” Wnuk said. “Last year we spent a whole day out here, and collected crazy things” she recalled. “Chairs, a boat, a dead cat, and big rolls of chain link fence – the kids dragged everything out [and] our custodians put everything away in the trash.”
Among other things, the teacher said, kids organized a cell phone recycling drive. They studied articles on global warming and solar energy, and wrote letters to state leaders about the problem. “Nobody answered,” Wnuk observed.
What was important is that the kids responded to the message of social responsibility and civic mindedness, she added.
“When we were on a field trip in Hartford we went to the State Capitol as part of that, and they were mentioning, when we drove down some street, they were like ‘look at all the trash.’ They don’t litter, and when someone drops something they pick it up.”
As for the “Teacher of the Year” award Wnuk said, while it was a surprise and an honor, the title for her is more about representing the school than a personal accolade. “It’s a team effort” she stressed.
EHMS Principal Pietro Cerone pointed out there was a big reason Wnuk was picked. “She’s very involved in school activities. She’s very involved in our school,” he said. “She runs the Student Council as well as the River Cleanup. And there are many other positive programs that she’s involved with. All of these are volunteer programs. We don’t ask her to do it. She’s a team leader.”
Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2008
THE world may know only one Carlos Santana — the guitarist and rock musician — but at Mayflower Primary, there are quite a few of him, so to speak.
Thanks to “Project Carlos Santana”, :conceptualised by Mr Melvin Cher, the school’s acting subject head of art and aesthetics, every student is given the opportunity to learn to play the guitar.
For his innovation and passion in developing his students through music and aesthetics, Mr Cher received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award yesterday. He was one of three teachers to receive the National Youth Council award for educators under 30.
:Mr Cher, who joined the school three years ago, said: “What inspires me is being able to give a child the opportunity to grow and to develop. I see that happening in my music class — not so much through just learning an instrument, but the kind of discipline, values and disposition it inculcates.” :
:The school’s modular music programme goes beyond the recorder, keyboard or usual classical string instruments — students are exposed to a variety of world music.
:Mr Cher has also played an integral role in moulding the school’s Primary Five and Six music programmes, which started two years ago.
:Said Principal Zainal Sapari: “He is doing it for the kids, and he is very humble in terms of learning from his peers and his colleagues.”: :
:The other two recipients of the award are Mr Quek Swee Nee from Bukit View Primary and Ms Chua Hwee Pheng from Paris Ris Crest Secondary.
:The award is supported by the Teachers Network and is for educators who go beyond teaching the formal curriculum to nurture their pupils. Winners get a trophy and certificate, and will be fully sponsored to attend an overseas conference to further their professional development. :
:Education Minister Ng Eng Hen, who handed out the honours at the National Institute of Education Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony, said that new programmes will be introduced over the next two years to help teachers upgrade. He encouraged teachers to make the most of the opportunities.:
:These include a part-time Bachelor of Education programme specially customised for non-graduate primary school teachers; and a new Masters programme — the MTeach — which is currently in development and is expected to accept its first intake in 2010.
A total of 1,672 newly-qualified teachers will receive their NIE diplomas this week.
Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2008
Candy Basso is strict, which is understandable because she teaches a class of 30 English Language Development students at Del Mar High School.
Once in a while, though, she will do something spontaneous and fun. When an ELD student asked her what an 8-foot giant was, Basso stood on a stool to demonstrate the height while the students laughed and stood up to compare their height with hers.
More than anything, Basso understands the importance of getting to know her ELD students. All of her students are first-generation immigrants, and many of them share similar problems, such as being separated from family members and having to worry about sending money back home. She makes an effort to know her students’ struggles at home to help her to empathize with them when they are struggling in school.
Basso’s teaching methods are just part of why she received the Excellence in Education award from the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit organization established in 1990.
“We nominated her because she’s the chairman of our ELD program,” said principal Jim Russell. “Our test scores surpass the state standards significantly. Our program has exceeded the state targets for years, and we attribute it to Candy’s leadership, having selected the programs and putting it in place.”
Basso puts extra time and effort into the ELD program by ordering books, programs and new technology and showing teachers how to implement them into their lesson plans.
She also meets with the ELD students and their parents. Despite these efforts, she credits the teachers as the reason Del Mar’s ELD program is doing so well.
“We’re fortunate that we have good teachers and money from the state,” she said.
One of Basso’s most impressive endeavors is the book she co-authored, called Coming to America. The book, which has yet to be published, tells the inspiring stories of some of her immigrant students.
“It acknowledges them, who they are and their culture,” Basso said. “For me as a teacher it makes me more empathetic knowing, for example, that a student didn’t do his homework because he is paying rent. I think other people will learn from the stories.”
Basso wrote the book because she wanted to help other teachers gain a better perspective on ELD students. The book also offers tips for teaching ELD students. The top five tips are: Review vocabulary and pronunciation; use lots of visuals; discipline the bad students; encourage students to participate (some students come from countries where it is considered disrespectful to ask the teacher a question); and ask them to stay after class for help.
“I think she’s cool and the best teacher,” said freshman Jerusalem Bekele, who moved to the United States from Ethiopia nine months ago. “She prepares us for everything we know. She helps us with everything from homework to classwork.”
Thursday, May. 29, 2008
Jean Murphy and her students at Long Range Academy have a lot of fun with math.
It’s a subject not usually associated with laughs and smiling, but the long-time teacher’s approach to the material which has to be covered is working well.
It’s working so well, in fact, that the Cow Head teacher has garnered national recognition. On Thursday, she was one of three teachers from Atlantic Canada and 26 across Canada to receive the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. The award was presented at a gala ceremony in Ottawa.
“I didn’t expect to receive such an award but I was honoured,” she told the Pen on Thursday. “This is the Oscar of teaching…it’s been a great week.”
The awards program recognizes Canada’s best teachers and early childhood educators and promotes what they have achieved. The program also strives to share the teachers’ innovative and successful teaching practices.
Ms. Murphy, a native of Job’s Cove, Conception Bay, was selected from among more than 200 nominations across Canada.
She said it’s difficult to put into words her thoughts on winning the distinction.
“This is an honour for the school, the parents, the students and the community,” she said. “You can’t do this on your own. The whole community has to be part of the celebration.”
Ms. Murphy has been at Long Range Academy for 13 years and said she’s continually inspired by her students and the staff members she works with.
“Math hasn’t always been successful but math can be a lot of fun,” she explained. “When they like it, they can be more successful.”
She teaches numeracy in Kindergarten to Grade 6, mathematics in Grades 7 to 9 and technology in Grade 7. Her teaching approach involves providing a flexible teaching and learning environment with lots of group work and critical discussion.
Among her achievements was bringing academic success to students. There’s been a significant rise in marks on standardized tests, which had historically been low. She was appointed as a numeracy support specialist to provide professional development support to other teachers.
One of Ms. Murphy’s colleagues said, “Jean is not only student-driven, she strives to make our physical building a welcoming and safe place. She is very involved in the spirit building of our school and Jean eagerly volunteers for many teams and does so with the same enthusiasm and dedication as her teaching.”
A former principal at the school had this to say: “Ms. Murphy has made a significant contribution to education in this province, to the lives of the children she has taught and to the communities in which she has worked and volunteered…in every conversation I have had with Ms. Murphy, she always seems to have a default position regarding education and teaching. She always goes back to the same fundamental question, ‘How will this benefit students and how will it increase achievement’.”
Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte MP Gerry Byrne said he was proud to attend the ceremony.
“It is a remarkable achievement for Ms. Murphy and shows the depth and talent of the people who teach at this rural school on the Northern Peninsula,” he stated. “I was proud to stand with her as she accepted her award.”
Wednesday, May. 14, 2008
Selina Meyer, of Indian Trail Elementary School, is the 2007-08 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year. She teaches the self-contained Functional Mental Disability class at Indian Trail.
Rosanna Vessels, a theology teacher at St. Xavier High School, received the Catholic Education Foundation Teacher Award. Sponsored by Dan and Helen Ulmer and their family, the award goes to a teacher who surpasses expectations, has a creative teaching style and is a positive influence on students.
Mary W. Ludwig, of the Westport Teenage Parent Program School, was named the 2008 National Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. She received the award for a fashion program she implemented in 2000 for pregnant and parenting teens.
Tuesday, May. 13, 2008
Western & Southern Financial Group named veteran teacher Kimya Moyo this year’s winner of the Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award, an honor than comes along with a no-strings-attached $10,000 check.
Moyo, a math teacher at Woodward Career Technical High School, beat out 54 other teachers and administrators in Cincinnati Public Schools who were nominated by their peers.
She was selected for her innovative approach to education and ongoing commitment to students, according to the company.
It’s the second year Western & Southern has given the award, after creating it last year to inspire the district’s individual educators.
Last year, Withrow University High School Principal Sharon Johnson won the award.
Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2008
A SHEFFIELD (UK) schoolteacher found himself rubbing shoulders with sporting superstars when he was nominated for a top national journalism award.
Ian McNeilly, who teaches English at Brantwood School in Nether Edge, also runs a website in his spare time, BritishBoxing.net which has been up and running for the last four years.
And for his writing on the site Ian was nominated in the Internet Sports Writer of the Year category at the British Sports Journalism Awards held in London.
Although he lost out to a writer from the BBC, Ian mixed with the cream of the national sporting press as well as sporting heroes like Lord Coe and Sir Bobby Charlton who presented the awards.
Winners on the night included Fleet Street heavyweights like James Lawton and Martin Samuel, as well as Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling.
“I was one of only two minnows to be nominated, if you like – with Pete McKee, who is a Sheffield Telegraph cartoonist,” said Ian, 36.
“But to be nominated was a real shot in the arm for me – after all I run the website from my bedroom purely as a hobby, and there are now thousands of bloggers and online writers out there.
“When I became interested in boxing it was very much a poor relation of the sport, and you could easily get access to the athletes involved. Now it is booming and I think my nomination was another feather in the cap for the sport.”
Monday, Feb. 25, 2008
Indian River Community College adult education teacher Ed Musgrove thought he was going to hear about budget cuts when he and his adult education colleagues were called to a 9 a.m. meeting Friday. Instead, he learned he is getting a national adult education teaching award.
The room was quiet when IRCC President Ed Massey walked in. Massey then said he was there because of Musgrove.
“What did I do?” Musgrove asked from the front row.
It turns out Musgrove is getting the Edward M. Easley Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Commission on Adult Basic Education at the commission’s national conference in St. Louis in April. He will get a plaque and $1,000 with the award.
“What a surprise,” Musgrove said.
He said afterward he didn’t know he had even been nominated for the award.
Musgrove, of Fort Pierce, has been teaching English as a Second Language classes at IRCC since 1992. He also developed a curriculum so his students could get take certified nursing assistant classes while learning English.
He said he enjoys his job and his students.
“I think the important thing is being able to see our second-language students develop the skills to help them be successful in the U.S.,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove credited his success to his colleagues.
“You’ve all been supportive and helpful. I do appreciate it,” he said.
Massey thanked Musgrove for his hard work.
“You don’t work for the recognition. (But) it’s great to get it,” he told Musgrove.
Suzanne Ensmann, director of adult education for IRCC, said Musgrove was selected because of his accomplishments at the college.
“The students come back and say they love him,” she said.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
Patty Stone pulled a page out of an Atlas and began tracking the South American journey of her 25-year-old daughter, Sarah. A trail of yellow highlighter snaked through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
A life of adventure has long appealed to Sarah Stone, and she spent most of 2007 trekking through Central and South America.
After graduating with a degree in psychology from the UNC Chapel Hill in 2005, Stone taught in Wilmington and worked with children with special needs. While she loved the area and her job, she wanted to explore the world before settling down into real life, she said.
“I wanted to do something exciting and a change of pace before becoming so career-oriented. I was able to combine teaching, which I love, with traveling,” said Stone, who spent a semester in Italy for a study-abroad program in college.
She and her boyfriend, Rhett Schools, also a teacher, enrolled in Transworld Schools in San Francisco in February 2006. It took a month to train to for certification in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages).
By March, they had started their travels in Guatemala, meandering down to Ecuador.
For one month, Stone lived in Costa Rica with her college roommate who was living there as part of a mission trip.
In May, she returned to Kernersville before heading back to South America. She began teaching in Cuenca, Ecuador, in August.
She was paid $250 a month.
“We were paid very little, but it was enough to survive. It is very easy to live on $2 a day there,” said Stone said.
A dollar paid for lunch. That would include a meat, salad, juice, rice and beans. Rent was $50 a month in a picturesque terra cotta colored street side apartment with turquoise shutters.
When Patty and John Stone visited their youngest child in November, they stayed in an upper-story apartment, paying $75 for one week’s visit. The luxurious hotel in Cuenca had a nightly rate of $50.
Life slowed to a different pace for Stone. She walked to school where she taught adults and children to speak English. She had no car and no television. She spent her days teaching, reading, cooking, shopping for fresh vegetables and fruits in the market and traveling.
Her hair grew long and wavy. Upon return to the U.S., Stone had her hairdresser cut off 10 inches to donate to Locks of Love to make wigs for cancer patients.
While learning about the culture of South America, Stone also took time to scuba dive while living in South America and received her master-scuba certification.
Born without her right hand, the certification process took extra diligence during the skills performance.
“I had to take all of the equipment off and put it back on underwater. They gave me a little extra time,” Stone said.
Visiting the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean was amazing, she said.
“She’s been figuring things out her whole life,” Patty Stone said. “I really admired her for going on such an adventure.”
Now that Stone is back in the United States, she is teaching English as a second language part time at Konnoak Elementary School in Winston-Salem while saving for her next round of travels. She plans to get her master’s degree and hopes to teach abroad again one day.
“I’d like to go back to South America, and I’d like to go to Asia,” Stone said. “I can’t see staying in one place my whole life.”
A former South Florida teacher of the year inspired her students to help others.
Mary Jane DeShong is a science teacher at Pembroke Pines Charter School. She said she has an undying passion to help others, which is why she formed TROOP.
“TROOP started two years ago with a group of kids that wanted to make a difference in society,” DeShong said. “TROOP stands for Teens Reaching Out to Other People. We started with 24 students and it has grown to over 75.”
Over two years, the students of TROOP have sent care packages to troops in Iraq, gone to nursing homes to help the elderly, gone to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to spend time with sick children and mentored young students.
On Thursday, they were getting ready for an event for Locks of Love and the Make a Wish Foundation.
DeShong said that forming the group was her inspiration.
“This is something that was inspired by God, and I prayed on it,” she said. “It’s just something that has manifested into something it is now.”
While middle school students at the charter school are required to put in service hours, TROOP is not part of that. It is strictly volunteer.
“I’ve asked the kids, ‘Why? Why are you here? Why do you after school go to the nursing home or to Joe DiMaggio or spend an entire Sunday morning and afternoon down at FAU in Miami being huggers for the Special Olympics? What do you get out of it?” DeShong said. “And they said, ‘It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling. We do it because it makes us feel good, and we do it because it’s the right thing.'”
As a teacher, DeShong said she is in a position of influence.
“If I can influence the kids to give of themselves and to be compassionate, then I’ve done my job,” she said.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007
St. Cloud State University’s co-teaching initiative – an idea so innovative it garnered a $5 million U.S. Department of Education grant in October of 2003 for its launch – has earned one of three coveted Christa McAuliffe Awards for Excellence in Teacher Education.
The national honor from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities annually recognizes the best teacher education programs and identifies promising practices in teacher preparation. The St. Cloud State model “changes the paradigm of student teaching,” according to Professor Nancy Bacharach, director of the university’s Teacher Quality Enhancement Center. By having the classroom teacher and the student teacher collaborate on every aspect of the learning experience, from planning to delivery, the co-teachers and students in the classroom all benefit, she said. “These shared learning experiences are the heart of the program’s success.”
While the student teacher in the co-teaching experience eventually has the opportunity to fully take charge of the classroom, it’s a more seamless approach since the cooperating teacher remains an active part of the classroom throughout the experience, Bacharach said.
In its first three years the co-teaching program, implemented in the fall of 2004, has brought together 583 pairs of student teachers and cooperating teachers in pre-school, elementary and secondary settings in 17 Central Minnesota school districts. St. Cloud State’s College of Education trains about 500 teachers and other education professionals annually.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007
Twelve-year-old middle school student Max K. Dowd enjoyed helping fourth-graders decorate cupcakes to look like the sun while a student last year in Beth C. Craven’s science class.
The youngsters got to stick on M&Ms as sunspots. The older students also made presentations on the sun to the younger children.
Max said Craven keeps her students amused with frequent jokes.
“There’s so many it’s hard to think of a good one. Every day you’d laugh in that class,” Max said during a recent interview at Michael E. Smith Middle School.
Craven also always had something for her students to do and explained concepts so well he now likes science, according to Max. That prompted him and his mother, Beth A. Dowd, to nominate Craven for a teaching award and resulted in her being named Teacher of the Month for October by Country Bank and WHYN Radio in Springfield. The honor earned her various prizes as well as a $250 Savings Bond.
Craven said she sparked Max’s interest in science by encouraging him to keep asking questions.
The teacher, who grew up in Holyoke but now lives in South Hadley, is a graduate of Providence College in Providence, R.I., where she was on a soccer scholarship. Craven, 40, went on to get a master’s degree in physical education and administration of athletics from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. While there, she was assistant coach of the swim and soccer teams.
She worked in Chicopee as a special education and computer and science teacher for seven years before taking time off to care for her twin daughters Allyson K. and Brianna M., who are now 10. She and her husband, Michael E. Craven, who teaches in Belchertown, are also the parents of Stephanie A., 9, and Nolan L., 2.
When Craven returned to teaching in 2002 she worked with severely emotionally disturbed children in the latency program in the alternative school in Holyoke. Because it was more behavior management than teaching, she said she moved on after a year to take a job at the middle school. She is now in her fifth year at Michael E. Smith Middle School, where she teaches sixth-grade creative writing and science.
Craven is involved in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Living with a Star program, which celebrates Earth’s relationship with the sun. She said she loves teaching science because it is constantly changing and she can get into issues like global warming.
“I think every student learns differently and it’s a matter of finding what works best for them individually. Obviously, we struck a chord with Max,” Craven said.
Max’s mother, Beth A. Dowd, said, “I think she is a wonderful motivator for students who may not truly enjoy science.”
She pointed to how Craven has set out questions of increasing difficulty like the “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire” television show on her Web site.
“She has a great way with students,” Dowd said.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007
The Newport Public Education Foundation has announced the award of almost $20,000 in Teacher Excellence Grants during the current school year for special projects in and outside the classroom.
When teachers have an idea for a project that requires extra funding, they can apply to the foundation for assistance. The foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has distributed more than $150,000 in grants since it was founded in 1991.
“We are very proud of the creativity and ingenuity shown by Newport Public Schools staff in their submissions,” said Jane Regan, former principal of Thompson Middle School and a foundation trustee, in a prepared statement. “We are confident that implementation of these high quality grants will enrich the education and lives of Newport Public School students and the community.”
Regan said teachers at all levels of instruction will receive financial support for projects in all curricular areas including literacy, science, music, art, drama, health, social studies, math and vocational education.
Several of the programs will allow staff to provide students with live theater performances, visits to community and historical sites and participation in after-school instruction or clubs.
Grants were awarded to the following individuals and groups:
Margie Brennan at Underwood School for the “Underwood Garden Project.”
Glenna Johnson at Sullivan School for “Making Meaning For Language Learners.”
Nicole Silvia at Carey School for “Art In History.”
Michael Franco at Coggeshall School for “Fantastic
Kathleen Breede at Coggeshall School for “After The Bell.”
Lori Fedyszyn and Becky Bolan at Coggeshall School for “Kids In The Arts.”
Stacy Lyon at Coggeshall and Cranston-Calvert schools for “Rhode Island Children’s Book Award 2007-2008.”
Jennifer Booth at Cranston-Calvert School for both “Digital Storytelling” and “Birthday Library.”
Melissa Turner representing all elementary schools with both “It’s About Time Math Made Cents” and “Just The Facts.”
Elizabeth Gibbs, Beth Small and all grade-seven teachers at Thompson Middle School for a cross disciplinary study of hatching chickens.
Tracey Hackley at Thompson Middle School for “Middle STEP.”
Jean Wickenden at Thompson Middle School for “Pirates and Privateers in Colonial Newport.”
Tara Mello and Grade 7 Cluster 2 at Thompson Middle School for “Investigation Into Immigration.”
Vikki LePree at Thompson Middle School for “Honors Chorus.”
Larry Mauk at Thompson Middle School for “TMS After school Jazz Band.”
Candace Lewia at Thompson Middle School for “Science Fair.”
Jim Cawley at Thompson Middle School for “Fit For Life.”
Alan Bernstein at Rogers High School for “RHS Arts Showcase.”
Corey Johnson at Rogers High School for “Chorus Club.”
Barbara Wunderler at Rogers High School for “RHS Art Club.”
Scott Dickison at Rogers High School for “Robotics Continues.”
In conjunction with Island Moving Co. for all third-grade students to see “The Nutcracker.”
In conjunction with Salve Regina University to plan the reading exposition “March Into Madness.”
A joint yearlong art study project between the Newport public schools Art Department and Rough Point.