#Special #educators, you won't want to miss this. Join us for #free, #virtual #networking with #SchoolLaw #attorney Brandon Wright January 14 at 2:30 PM CST. Register at https://bit.ly/JanSpEd. @VCROE54 @RegionalOffice9
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Paxton-Buckley-Loda's teacher, Hillary Sawyer, has taken on the brand new role of “remote learning coordinator”. She has been a liaison to our families, provided PD for teachers, has assisted with technology resources and continues to support students who are in-person. Hillary is also our JH Scholastic Bowl coach and has experience teaching EL & gifted populations. She’s a "go-to" among our teacher leaders.
@TomSchimmer shares principles behind rigorous #assessment design and the keys to effective #feedback January 26/February 2. Register: bit.ly/SchimmerHelp
Patricia has taught in Danville District 118 for many years. She is always very eager to learn new things and adapt to new situations. This year she has demonstrated great patience and flexibility, and has been willing to teach wherever duty calls. Mrs. Muniru has taught multiple grade levels, learned new programs, and adapted well to a virtual world this year. We appreciate her dedication to the students in District 118. Thank you for all you do, Patricia.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Poulson is a Kindergarten Teacher at Meade Park Elementary School and also serves as the building PBIS Coordinator. In addition to being an excellent teacher and an amazing resource to her students, she is also the glue that holds our staff together! Mrs. Poulson will often take the initiative to develop activities or initiatives to keep staff morale high during these challenging times. Mrs. Poulson advocates for her students and treats each kid like one of her own. Mrs. Poulson exemplifies everything that’s good at the Park!
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Andrea Palmer is an amazing teacher that goes above and beyond for her students on a daily basis. Ms. Palmer is a teacher that is highly respected throughout the building by both staff and students. Ms. Palmer's professionalism, high expectations for students, positive perspective, and genuine care for staff and students make her a "Rock Star" teacher at Salt Fork High School!
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Alison Bartlow, at Armstrong Township High School, continually works to make sure students have the opportunities to be successful. She will help out in anyway she can. She will make sure papers and even lunches get delivered to remote learners when needed. She pushes all students to be the best they can be. She doesn't let students give up.
Officer Beth Damilano has been serving the families and students of Oakwood School District through providing social emotional support and doing wellness checks on our students and families to identify needs and provide resources during the pandemic. She shows up every day with a smile wrapped in compassion, service, and care for the well-being of our staff and students. She is a champion!
Build inclusive activities and relationships in the equitable classroom with @TexasTOY2014 Monica Washington on January 20 from 3:30-5:00. Register now: http://bit.ly/3mmNhXj
Last call! Training for school support staff on student records and communication. Register now: https://bit.ly/2020SupportStaff
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Heather Schwartz - Urbana #116 Heather was nominated based on the impact she makes here at Urbana Early Childhood School. Heather is a leader within our building. She supports her fellow colleagues with instructional practices that are developmentally appropriate for young students. She leads through example by sharing ideas and helping to solve problems others might be facing when navigating online learning. She develops new opportunities for teachers to engage their students in learning. For example, she created a STEAM lab in the school filled with an abundance of materials so teachers could introduce STEAM to students in a new and engaging way. Heather engages her students in online learning by providing fun and engaging opportunities to learn key concepts. Heather works hard to keep the lines of communication open for her families. This is evident by her student's attendance totals month after month being at or above 80%. If you had the opportunity to peek into her world, you will often times find Heather working late into the night creating individualized Seesaw activities or working on power points to present beneficial information to teachers. Through this adventure of online learning, Heather has maintained a positive attitude while also keeping a solution-oriented mindset.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT - Cassidy Jones, Noel Hatcher, Jackie Walsh and Morgan Williams - Urbana #116 All 4 of these teachers at Dr. King Elementary school have done incredible work preparing remote learning lessons for their students. They are progressive in finding ways to engage all students using a variety of online platforms including Google Slides, Google Classroom, Peardeck, Nearpod, Kahoot, Breakout EDU, etc. They are willing to share their knowledge and model lessons with their colleagues. They have been inspirational to me! It's fun to pop into their classes and see what they are using to keep their students motivated and engaged.
How can #assessment in #remote and face-to-face #learning drive #students to reach high levels of #learning? Join us for @TomSchimmer Jan 26/Feb 2. Register now: bit.ly/SchimmerHelp
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: This year, in an attempt to keep class sizes small, we've divided our fifth grade classes into three sections. However, at Fisher Grade School, we only have two fifth grade teachers. This means that Mrs. Remington divides her time evenly between the three different fifth grade sections. Mrs. Remington has been teaching from a rolling cart all year, transitioning between rooms every 90 minutes of instruction. Although Mrs. Remington typically teaches all subject areas, this year she has departmentalized to teach Reading, ELA & Science. In her 35th year as a teacher, Erin continues to integrate new technology and strategies to engage her students. Mrs. Remington's positive attitude and excitement for learning invigorate both the students and staff around her!
Find your #community. Join one of our free, #virtual #networking communities. Visit https://bit.ly/SWEventRegistration for dates and times.
How do you ensure your policies and procedures are equitable? Join @TexasTOY2014 Monica Washington for a 3-part series on #Equity in the #Classroom. Register now: http://bit.ly/3mmNhXj
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Ms. Boyd, of Hertiage CUDS #8, has been our school nurse working out of the Homer K-8 building for 18 years. Before COVID became an issue, she was already viewed as one of the most respected and liked staff members in our district and with the onset of COVID, her value to us has gone up exponentially.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: This is Stacey Rickard's first year at Salt Fork High School. She has dove head first into our FFA program and done an outstanding job with our kids. Her passion for Agriculture and FFA is second to none. She has already made a mark on our FFA program, winning our first soil judging contest of the year. Her upbeat, positive attitude is infectious and inspiring, especially during these tough times.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Vermilion Association of Special Education (VASE) Jessica has spent countless hours creating and providing Google Classroom and GoGuardian trainings for our staff during the first semester. She works full-time as a special education teacher, but she still carves out time to assist with technology concerns. Jessica listens to the needs of her colleagues and creates personalized trainings. Our remote learning plan has been successful because of her efforts to assist everyone else. As a special education teacher, Jessica meets the needs of all of her students by differentiating and using small groups. Her students struggle with their managing their emotions, and she helps teach them better ways to cope.
Looking for your community? Join us for free, #virtual #networking for #special #education #teachers December 10 at 2:30 PM CST. Register at https://bit.ly/DecSpEd. @VCROE54 @RegionalOffice9