Nominate An Educator

Each year, we invite all NEA state, federal, and direct affiliates to nominate one outstanding educator for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. These prestigious awards recognize, reward, and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. They also honor public education and the dedicated members of the National Education Association.

Grantees

Dr. Christopher Schmidt

LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY
Higher Education, History
2015, Spring

Schmidt and Miller will facilitate a study group of LaGuardia Community College faculty to examine the United States’ role in the world in the 20th century. The study group will address LaGuardia Community College’s Global Learning core competency by developing ... more »

Michelle Myers

Sterling High School, Somerdale, NJ
Grades 9-12, Language Arts
2015, Spring

Myers will enhance interdisciplinary collaboration on human rights by travelling to China and South Korea on a Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour to increase her understanding of the cultural and historical background of China, Korea, and Japan during World War II. Myers ... more »

Lourdes Villacis

Kearny High School, Kearny, NJ
Grades 9-12, Science
2015, Spring

To obtain the necessary tools and skills to successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Villacis will attend PRISM workshops at Montclair State University. The workshops will be geared toward developing and implementing NGSS in lessons and unit ... more »

Paul Creager

Saint Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2015, Spring

Creager will research with the Video Volunteers program in Goa, India and observe the organization’s leadership and instructional process. During his research, Creager will study the processes that support media activism and civic engagement within India’s ... more »

Jackie Smith

Cooper High School, New Hope, MN
Grades 9-12, English
2015, Spring

Smith will work with a team of U.S. educators to develop a professional development conference for teachers in rural Bolivia. The cohort will identify effective practices, refine and develop classroom strategies, and develop presentations to share with other teachers. Upon ... more »

Dr. Raymond Martens

Towson University, Towson, MD
Higher Education, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Spring

Martens and Doyle will investigate children’s storying through “Storying Studio.” The project will be a re-conceptualization of writing workshops that value multi-modal composing, particularly in writing and art. A Literacy Community of teachers and ... more »

Amy Sherman

Forest Knolls Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
Grades K-5, English
2015, Spring

Sherman will partner with the Fujian Institute of Education in Fuzhou, China to participate in a teacher exchange program. During the program, Sherman will share expertise in best practices for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout the program, Sherman will improve ... more »

Jennifer Monday

South Creek Elementary School, Indianapolis, IN
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2015, Spring

To strengthen her knowledge of differentiated instruction, Monday will attend the Teach K! Conference and National Differentiated Instruction Conference. In both settings, Monday will attend sessions on differentiation, best practices, technology, Common Core standards, and ... more »

Carla Elliff

Collinsville High School, Collinsville, IL
Grades 9-12, School Counselor
2015, Spring

Elliff will improve her professional practice by attending the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference. While there, she will learn how to develop and implement a school-wide college application process and enhance college and career readiness skills among ... more »

Daniel Noia

Henry J. Kaiser School, Honolulu, HI
Grades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice
2015, Spring

Noia and colleagues will lead a school-wide professional development program that will measure students’ metacognition. Educators will use learning logs to measure students’ metacognitive abilities and their abilities to apply their learning to other classes. ... more »

Nancy Hoehn

Kaiserslautern High School, Kaiserslautern, Germany,
Grades 9-12, Science
2015, Spring

To address student achievement gaps in chemistry and physics, Hoehn will attend the Modeling Chemistry Workshop. Through the program, Hoehn will be exposed to classroom management strategies, labs, problem solving methodologies, insights, and experiences aimed to improve ... more »

Lisa Martinez

Cotton Creek Elementary School, Westminster, CO
Grades K-5, Arts
2015, Spring

Martinez will participate in a month-long Spanish language cultural immersion course at Hablal Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While there, Martinez will learn about local culture and how to work with non-native English speaking students. Upon returning, ... more »

Steven Flanagan

Sunnyside Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Spring

Flanagan will improve his professional practice by attending the Teachers College Writer's Workshop Summer Institute at Columbia University. While there, Flanagan will attend sessions focused on implementing the Writer's Workshop in his classroom. Upon completion, Flanagan ... more »

Elizabeth Mora

Los Angeles High School of the Arts at RFK Community, Los Angeles, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2015, Spring

To enhance her cultural geography curriculum, Mora will visit Heifer International’s project sites in Honduras. While there, Ms. Mora will examine how livestock gifts, education, and training in responsible farming practices help impoverished communities.  Upon ... more »

Kimberly Lewis

Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA
Higher Education, General Pedagogical Practice
2015, Spring

To learn about current policy development in deaf education, Lewis will attend the International Congress on Education of the Deaf. Upon returning, Lewis will create a curricular unit focusing on deaf education policy in action. The unit will contain learning modules that ... more »

Dr. Timothy Gallahar

Charles R. Drew Middle School, Lincoln, AL
Grades 6-8, Science
2015, Spring

To learn practical and effective strategies for improving his teaching practice, Dr. Gallahar will attend the National Differentiated Instruction Conference. While there, Dr. Gallahar will address relevant contemporary issues, including how to most effectively incorporate ... more »

Sara Fenn

Eufaula High School, Eufaula, AL
Grades 9-12, Library Media Specialist
2015, Spring

Fenn will attend the International Society for Technology in Education’s national conference to explore technologies that will allow her to lead her district in implementing a successful one-to-one program. After the conference, Fenn will share her experience with her ... more »

Erika Bell

Saks Elementary School, Anniston, AL
Grades K-5, English
2015, Spring

To improve her professional practice, Bell will complete the National Board Certification process for English as a Second Language.  She will use her learning to master both instruction and family advocacy. Throughout the certification process, Bell will positively ... more »

Terri Day

Suquamish Elementary School, Suquamish, WA
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Spring

Day and Drover will introduce the “Rolling Reader” program, which will aim to increase students’ reading test scores by providing tutors and new books. Local high school and college students will work with elementary school students to provide assistance ... more »

Daniel Shay

North Central High School, Spokane, WA
Grades 9-12, Science
2015, Spring

Through “Algae to Biodiesel,” biology students at North Central High School will have the opportunity to apply biological concepts learned in research settings. Students will design an optimal protocol for remediating pollution from wastewater using algae. ... more »

Scott Hendrix

Avanti High School, Olympia, WA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2015, Spring

Through “Songs of Rice and Slavery,” students at Avanti High School will examine African American history through song and art. By examining specific historic moments, students will explore the transmission of culture from Africa to the United States. The ... more »

Cassie Cox

Two Rivers High School, Ogden, UT
Grades 9-12, English
2015, Spring

Cox and Henry will work with author Ingrid Ricks to help at-risk students write personal narratives to be published in a book. Ricks will work one-on-one with students to help them articulate their personal stories. After completing their stories in English classes, art ... more »

Sharon Baillie

Burgettstown Middle and High School, Burgettstown, PA
Grades 9-12, STEM
2015, Spring

Through “Eating Math and Science,” Baillie and Bowersock will assist students in completing experiments with food that will aid them in understanding the mathematical and biological principals of food preparation and consumption. The project will allow students ... more »

Robert Nieman

Henley Elementary School, Klamath Falls, OR
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Spring

Through “Decoding with Magnetic Vowels,” students will benefit from an innovative concept created by Nieman. The project will include hands-on phonics lessons, problem solving, and an exploration of the science of magnetism. Students will work in small groups ... more »

Alisha Steele

Harrison North Elementary School, Scio, OH
Grades K-5, Resource Specialist
2015, Spring

To increase problem solving and critical thinking skills within the classroom, Littlebits circuit kits will be provided to students to construct project-based responses to problems. Classroom discussions will be encouraged and students will work together to explore ... more »

Charles Steinbower

Correction Reception Center School, Orient, OH
Grades 9-12, Librarian
2015, Spring

Collaborating with a local library and several correctional facility schools, Steinbower will introduce lessons that promote awareness of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and School Desegregation. Students and educators will attend a panel discussion of experts, all of whom ... more »

Heidi Sullivan

Gahanna Middle School South, Gahanna, OH
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2015, Spring

Sixth grade students at Gahanna Middle School South will use tablet technology to investigate mathematical properties and situations to gain deeper understanding of curriculum. Through this technological integration, students will examine and create visual models to ... more »

Jacqueline Best

Canaseraga Central School, Canaseraga, NY
Grades 9-12, Music
2015, Spring

Through “Making Practice Perfect,” Best and O’Donnell will integrate technology into Canaseraga Central School’s music program. Students will be provided instrumental instruction that will increase their motivation to practice and improve their ... more »

Chuck Boyer

Alcona Community Schools, Lincoln, MI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2015, Spring

Through the collaborative efforts of Mr. Boyer's student leadership team and community partners, the purchase of a Panel Master IV will bring cutting edge industry methods to the school’s technology facility. Students will be able to design and construct raised panels ... more »

Margaret Carr

Donald P. Timony Grammar School, Methuen, MA
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Spring

To differentiate for a variety of learners and to ensure that all students participate in problem solving, Carr and colleagues will have students engage in a variety of literacy tasks that promote critical thinking across content areas using both fiction and nonfiction ... more »

Christine Skog

Harlan Community Elementary School, Harlan, IA
Grades K-5, Music
2015, Spring

To provide students with a means of exploration, discovery, and creation, Skog will implement projects focusing on musical composition. Students will review musical concepts and learn to create their own music through a variety of sound and instrument activities. Through ... more »

Nicole Gloude

Illinois Elementary School, Park Forest, IL
Grades K-5, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Spring

Through the use of “Smart Centers,” Gloude and Green will address the five key components of reading instruction.  Each “Smart Center” will engage students in cooperative learning and allow for differentiation and modification of content to meet ... more »

Kellie Humphrey

Haymon-Morris Middle School, Winder, GA
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2015, Spring

To create a positive change in teaching and learning, Humphrey and Wiggley will introduce “WildcatsCONNECT (WC).” The program will introduce a dynamic vision in which all students are connected and actively engaged in teaching and learning. Humphrey and Wiggley ... more »

Mary Footman

Pinellas Secondary School, Pinellas Park, FL
Grades 9-12, General Pedagogical Practice
2015, Spring

Through “Behavior and Management Moments (BAMM),” students will be provided with the opportunity to address relevant issues and hear real world stories that teach important life skills while helping them understand the dangers of risky behavior. BAMM will ... more »

Tracy Ajello

Doolittle School, Cheshire, CT
Grades K-5, Science
2015, Spring

Ajello and Gallagher will have their fifth and second grade classes collaborate on a series of cross-curricular lessons. Students will create a radiometer chandelier to measure the sun’s rays, create light sculptures to observe shadows and additive properties of light ... more »

Dan Frank

Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2015, Spring

Through “Ideation, Innovation, and Engineering Success,” Frank and Tackett will build upon mechanical engineering foundations and best practices established by leading research institutions. The project will facilitate experiential learning by allowing students ... more »

William Wagner

Nordhoff High School, Ojai, CA
Grades 9-12, Music
2015, Spring

To captivate students who use technology daily, Wagner will introduce tablet technology in his music classes. Students will access programs that quickly, accurately, and discretely assess performance, allowing them to learn in pressure-free private settings. Software will ... more »

Mary McKinley

Charter Oak High School, Covina, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2015, Spring

To advance student engagement at multiple levels, McKinley and DeMonteverde will implement the use of tablets in their history classes. Students will use apps designed for individual and collaborative learning, including Khan Academy, which will aid in teaching historical ... more »

Jennifer “Rita” Platt

St. Croix Falls Elementary School, Saint Croix Falls, WI
Grades K-5, Library Media Specialist
2015, Winter

To ensure the communal understanding and consistent implementation of the Daily 5 and Daily Café reading models, Platt and Gudmunsen will lead a professional learning community at St. Croix Falls Elementary School. Through the project, participants will strengthen ... more »

Caroline Hay

Tualatin High School, Tualatin, OH
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2015, Winter

To improve her instruction of Spanish language courses, Hay will attend the National Association for Bilingual Education’s annual conference. While there, Hay will learn strategies to design course materials that are beneficial and meaningful to Latino students. Upon ... more »

Danielle Penrod

Waverly Junior High School, Waverly, OH
Grades 6-8, STEM
2015, Winter

Penrod and her colleagues will design interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) units of study that will meet Common Core Math and English/Language Arts Standards, as well as Ohio New Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies. Unit ... more »

Diana Pierson

Sheffield Middle School, Sheffield Village, OH
Grades 6-8, Education Support Professional
2015, Winter

To receive quality training that will enable her to provide support to students with social and emotional issues, Pierson will attend the NEA ESP Conference.  While there, Pierson will network with and learn from Education Support Professionals from throughout the ... more »

Kristine Serrao

The East Village Community School, New York, NY
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2015, Winter

To address the implementation of Common Core Standards at the East Village Community School, Serrao and Abell will implement a math lesson study group. The cohort will meet on an ongoing basis to discuss curriculum, learn how students best retain mathematical concepts, and ... more »

Elliot Cohen

Holmdel High School, Holmdel, NJ
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2015, Winter

To redesign and update financial literacy curriculum to align with state standards, Cohen will attend the National Business Education Association’s “Educating for Success in Business and Life” institute. Upon completing the institute, Cohen will attend ... more »

Marcia Hudson

Avondale School District, Auburn Hills, MI
Grades 9-12, Reading, Spelling, Writing
2015, Winter

Through “Teacher Lab,” educators within the Avondale School District will engage in continuous, grounded, meaningful, and effective professional development. During the lab, participants will fine tune the dialogue and energy included in professional learning ... more »

Michelle Venable

Oakdale Elementary School, Ijamsville, MD
Grades K-5, Arts
2015, Winter

To improve her visual arts instruction, Venable will attend the National Art Educators Association’s national convention. While there, Venable will learn how to better implement technology in the classroom and seek better ways to use assessment. Additionally, Venable ... more »

Michael Kelley

North High School, Evansville, IN
Grades 9-12, Physics
2015, Winter

To improve physics instruction in his freshman classrooms, Kelley will attend a three week modeling instruction training at Arizona State University.  While there, Kelley will study examples of curriculum that focus on connecting with entry level physics students. Upon ... more »

Jean Kilpatrick-Ruebner

Steele Elementary School, Galesburg, IL
Grades K-5, Teacher
2015, Winter

To keep both new and experienced educators focused on the importance of building relationships with students and colleagues, Kilpatrick-Ruebner and Bredemeier will introduce the “Dream Big Book Club.” Through the book club, educators will learn methods to set ... more »

Loretta Sherwood-Labrador

Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School, Kualapuu, HI
Grades K-5, Language Arts
2015, Winter

To address structural changes within their school, Sherwood-Labrador and Castro-Lichtenstein will establish an on-site collaborative leadership training program for classroom best practices. The program will use an evidence-based distributed leadership process that will ... more »

Michael Wooten

James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, HI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2015, Winter

Through “Learning First Hawaii,” Wooten and a group of educators from throughout Hawaii will conduct a detailed study of teacher professional development. The study will use quantitative, qualitative, and academic research to identify areas of need and examine ... more »