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

Joy Hellman

Gosport Elementary School, Gosport, IN
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2010, Fall

Gosport Elementary teachers will learn brain based teaching strategies through CLASS: Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students.  CLASS is a research based program of teaching strategies that develops students' social, behavioral, and academic skills.  ... more »

Karen Mixdorf

Area Education Agency 267, Marshalltown, IA
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2010, Fall

Ms. Mixdorf and Ms. Williams will lead a study group on an in depth look at inquiry through the inductive model.  Participants will learn this research based model of teaching literacy as they further their understanding of the Iowa Core Curriculum (ICC).  ... more »

Michelle Lakhotia

Judice Middle School, Duson, LA
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2010, Fall

Ms. Lakhotia and Mrs. Carney will implement a multisensory method for teaching algebra that integrates technology and the performing and creative arts.  Middle school students will use their creativity to develop presentations, rap songs, dances, and skits to ... more »

Ryan Swank

Molly Ockett Middle School, Fryeburg, ME
Grades 6-8, English
2010, Fall

Molly Ockett Middle School students will develop reading strategies, vocabulary skills, and nonfiction text awareness as they explore graphic novels.   Students will be connected in an extended network of learning collaboration with the use of Voicethread, an ... more »

Jill Conroy

Natick Public Schools, Natick, MA
Grades 9-12, Science
2010, Fall

Environmental studies students will expand their knowledge of biotechnology techniques by collecting, testing, and analyzing samples from local water sources.  Working with the town water and conservation commissions, students will determine more environmentally safe ... more »

Melissa Latham

Belmont High School, Belmont, MA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2010, Fall

The purchase of Rosetta Stone software will allow Ms. Latham and Ms. El-Gamel to expand their teaching of German, a course not regularly offered to students. The software will be used to support the teaching and learning of German to independent studies students as well as ... more »

Helen Wedin

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Higher Education, General Pedagogical Practice
2010, Fall

Dr. Wedin will attend the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Mortar & Pestle Seminar to familiarize herself with updates on all major drug classification systems.  The seminar will cover topics related to frequently prescribed medications and the ... more »

Jacqueline Ballot

Noble Elementary School, Golden Valley, MN
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Mrs. Ballot and Mrs. Smith will spearhead “Neighborhood Bridges,” a Children's Theatre Company literacy program that empowers students to become the animators of their own lives.  Skilled and experienced teaching artists will use animation to transform ... more »

Diana Riggs

Saltillo Elementary, Saltillo, MS
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2010, Fall

Mrs. Riggs and Ms. Bruce will lead a lesson on Hurricane Katrina’s effects on the physical geography of the surrounding areas.  With the assistance of a visiting artist, students will learn through observation, group projects, internet research, hands-on ... more »

Abbigail Yellman

North Kansas City High School, Kansas City, MO
Grades 9-12, English
2010, Fall

Mrs. Yellman and Mrs. Carney will lead the “NKC_BookSpace,” an online student book club that will virtually connect readers via technology.  Students will sign up for the book club, read assigned texts, and post to discussions occurring online.  This ... more »

Courtne Thomas

Sojourner Truth Middle School, East Orange, NJ
Grades 6-8, General Pedagogical Practice
2010, Fall

Ms. Thomas will conduct action research by examining gender isolation and academic performance.  To address the lack of focus that is often observed in pubescent students, Ms. Thomas will attempt to prove that separate learning environments for male and female sixth ... more »

Debra Levy Robbins

Prospect Park School 1, Prospect Park, NJ
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Prospect Park School 1 teachers and specialists will work together to incorporate a character education project titled "TERRIFIC (Trustworthy, Empathetic, Respectful, Responsible, Initiative takers, Fair, Integrity filled, Caring) Kids of Good Character.”  The ... more »

Amy Peterson

Patrick F Daily PS 15, Brooklyn, NY
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Public School 15, in collaboration with Brooklyn nonprofit Puppetry Arts, will host six puppetry workshops for fourth grade students during the 2010/2011 school year.  The workshops will help improve literacy and oral language skills of English Language Learners by ... more »

Jason George

The Renaissance Charter School, Jackson Heights, NY
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2010, Fall

Mr. George and Ms. Slingerland will mine the rich cultural and sociological influences prevalent in their ethnically diverse school community to develop a “Global Lab” study of race, class, and colonialism in Latin America.  This six-week unit will provide ... more »

Margaret Williams

Bohlen Technical Center, Watertown, NY
Grades 9-12, Science
2010, Fall

Under the tutelage of Mrs. Williams, three classrooms - the Life Skills Class, the Building Maintenance Class, and the Career Options Class - will work together to achieve a self sustaining garden with an attached multi use solar greenhouse.  Students will learn about ... more »

Coni Clark

Wahl-Coates School, Greenville, NC
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Wahl-Coates School's third graders will explore history through a child's eyes with lessons utilizing field research, data gathering, and writing across the curriculum.  Hands-on activities include visits to the site of a historic Native American village, a ... more »

Linda Kilkenny

Haw River Elementary School, Haw River, NC
Grades K-5, Arts
2010, Fall

Mrs. Kilkenny and Mrs. Squires will lead a project designed to provide music education through technology-based learning.  Realizing that free reign is often the most effective way for children to develop cognitive skills, Mrs. Kilkenny and Mrs. Squires will produce an ... more »

James Pate

Bee Log School, Burnsville, NC
Grades K-5, Science
2010, Fall

The "Electrified" project will immerse students in the process of building and furnishing a new home.  To prepare students for the twenty first century, the project will use critical thinking skills, promote the use of technology across curriculum areas, and encourage ... more »

Cathi Creviston

Elgin Junior High, Green Camp, OH
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2010, Fall

Recognizing the need to actively engage all students in meaningful, real-world math activities, Mrs. Creviston and colleagues plan to implement a standards-based project learning program.  Students will study various mathematical concepts and then develop math-related ... more »

Laura Gentile

Indian Hill Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2010, Fall

Ms. Gentile and Mrs. Sprang will lead yearlong professional learning community intent on investigating the impact of formative assessment on student learning.  In an effort to support teacher learning in a way that is manageable and sustainable, faculty at Indian Hill ... more »

Ami Reynolds

Union High School, Tulsa, OK
Grades 9-12, English
2010, Fall

Students in the new Music in Literature class will use all genres of music, from jazz to hip hop, to connect with literature on both an intellectual and emotional level.  Students will analyze lyrics and poetry as well as other literary works in order to obtain an in ... more »

Rachel Stagner

Madison High School, Portland, OR
Grades 9-12, Science
2010, Fall

Ms. Stagner and Mrs. Adajian will offer students experiences in sustainable gardening and agriculture in the Intro to Sustainable Agriculture class.  Goals of the project include linking science standards to the real life concerns of finding and growing healthy food, ... more »

Kelly Hoffman

West Middlesex Area School District, West Middlesex, PA
Grades 9-12, Physical Education
2010, Fall

Mrs. Hoffman and Mr. Novosel will establish a new lifetime sport unit in physical education class by introducing Frisbee to the seventh through twelfth grade students.  Students will analyze the sixteen different basic types of Frisbee games and the physics of how a ... more »

Bethany Fenyus

Steel Valley Middle School, Munhall, PA
Grades 6-8, English
2010, Fall

Ms. Fenyus and Mrs. Huber will lead their colleagues in curricular change and professional development focusing on teaching practices that improve critical literacy.  The project will revolve around the theme of war and how the theories of critical literacy can ... more »

Patty McGinnis

Arcola Intermediate School, Norristown, PA
Grades 6-8, Science
2010, Fall

Mrs. McGinnis will participate in the Earthwatch Expedition, “Climate Change and Caterpillars in Arizona.”  Working alongside a field ecologist, Mrs. McGinnis will learn to field protocols related to caterpillar identification, which she will apply to the ... more »

Andrea Alewine

Keowee Elementary School, Seneca, SC
Grades K-5, General Pedagogical Practice
2010, Fall

Ms. Alewine will attend the “Learning and the Brain” conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which will incorporate the neuroscience of the brain with the learning styles and abilities of students.  Experts and specialists in the fields of education and ... more »

Judy Peeble

Manassas High School, Memphis, TN
Grades 9-12, Special Education
2010, Fall

Participants in the “Students' Good News Station” project will produce monthly thirty minute newscasts highlighting the positive, inspiring, and heartwarming stories of children and youth in Memphis.  Students will create 30 second Public Service ... more »

Anita Sutherland

South Side Elementary School, Johnson City, TN
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Mrs. Sutherland will participate in the Trainer of Trainers Academy, a three day institute in Comfort, Texas that will provide her the knowledge and understanding necessary for the proper use of visual and kinesthetic manipulatives during instruction.  The workshop ... more »

Amanda Ronan

NYOS Charter School, Austin, TX
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Ms. Ronan and Ms. Kimble will lead “Write On!,” a unique opportunity for NYOS Elementary staff to meet in a K-5 vertical team to deepen and improve their knowledge of writing instruction with the goal  of improving the writing skills of NYOS students.  ... more »

Patti Golden

Southern Hills School, Wichita Falls, TX
Grades K-5, Science
2010, Fall

Mrs. Golden and Mr. Brox’s fifth grade students will choose environmental topics and conduct research on their chosen issues.  In this multimedia project, students will use iPods to view green videos, listen to podcasts related to green topics, and text and email ... more »

Wendy Goldfein

Newington Forest Elementary School, Springfield, VA
Grades K-5, Science
2010, Fall

Through “Get Caught Engineering,” students will become investigators for engineering problems that are integrated into the daily curriculum.  Activities will be introduced in grades kindergarten through sixth that support the school’s STEM ... more »

Julianne Evangelista

Mt. Baker School District, Maple Falls, WA
Grades K-5, Special Education
2010, Fall

Mrs. Evangelista and Mrs. Marshall will lead the creation of “Intervention Kits.”  The kits will provide an alternative, sensory based curricula for at risk learners throughout the district.  After presenting professional development sessions to ... more »

Julie Hauck

Longfellow Elementary School, Sheboygan, WI
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

“Kindles for Kids” will act as a supplemental reading program intended to increase reading motivation and strengthen skills in third grade students.  Students in Mrs. Hauck’s and Mrs. VanWyk’s classrooms will be placed in small, flexible reading ... more »

Frank Spina

Robinson Elementary School, Starksboro, VT
Grades K-5, English
2010, Fall

Spina and colleagues at Robinson Elementary School will participate in a collaborative arts professional learning community, “Arts Come Alive!” (ACA), held at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont.  ACA is based on research ... more »

Louis Lessor

Westside Elementary School, Sun Prairie, WI
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2010, Fall

Lessor will attend a SMART Training certification event in Chicago, Illinois, which will allow him to be trained on the use of Notebook software and the SMART Board interactive whiteboard.  Upon completing the training, Mr. Lessor will conduct professional development ... more »

Paula Pounders

Russellville Elementary School, Russellville, AL
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2010, Fall

In the “Math Masters” program, third, fourth and fifth grade students use Digitz interactive devices to gain mastery of basic math skills.  With the ability to be used in the classroom and at home, “Math Masters” also promotes parental ... more »

Sheryl Schaaf

Quillayute Valley School District, Forks, WA
Grades K-5, Science
2004, Fall

Collaborating with the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership of Western Washington University, Ms. Schaff, Ms. Carroll, and Ms. Rohrer explore, create, and implement innovative science content and professional development models. Participants study ... more »

Jennifer Rosenthal

Mt. Anthony Union High School, Bennington, VT
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Ms. Rosenthal, who was formally trained in chemistry but teaches physics, enrolls in several courses to increase her content knowledge of physics. Using what she learns, Ms. Rosenthal broadens the topics in her course and develops lab work and problem-solving ... more »

Holly Marie Kochalka

Cambridge Elementary School, Jeffersonville, VT
Grades K-5, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Kochalka leads grade-level study groups to investigate best practices for literacy instruction. The group analyzes student data, research-based instructional approaches, and develops an action plan for enhancing the reading and language arts program. Throughout ... more »

Julie McMillan

Hillcrest Junior High School, Murray, UT
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

Ms. McMillan and her partners establish a study group to examine best practices for implementing literacy instruction across curricula. Collaborating with a consultant, the team designs action research projects and assesses the effect various reading strategies have ... more »

Cheryl Craig

University of Houston, Houston, TX
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Dr. Craig and her partners form a study group to learn about teacher portfolios. The group, which includes new teachers, analyze research and reflect on their instructional strategies to develop portfolios. To share what they learn with colleagues, participants make ... more »

Renee Oscarson

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Oscarson and her partners examine their courses to incorporate geriatric studies into curricula. During monthly meetings, participants discuss and compare pedagogical strategies and learning resources for teaching gerontology. Team members also share examples of ... more »

Amy Peterson

C. M. Musser Elementary School, Sharon, PA
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Ms. Peterson and her partners examine how to best use personal digital assistants (PDAs) to support and assess student learning. After learning how to use the technology, the participants implement a local history project in their classes. Participants use PDAs to ... more »

Mary Manges

North Star School District, Stoystown, PA
Grades K-5, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Manges leads a study group to learn best practices in language arts instruction. Using a literature circle format, the team reads and discusses research-based strategies that improve writing and reading skills. The participants share their knowledge with ... more »

Rebecca Mallatt

LaPine Elementary School, LaPine, OR
Grades K-5, Literature
2004, Fall

Ms. Mallatt and her partners establish a study group to learn how to use guided reading for a balanced literacy program in the classroom. The group reads and discusses several texts on guided reading and shares successes and challenges of implementing literacy ... more »

Libby Huff

Granite Falls Middle School, Granite Falls, NC
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To help students understand technology choices and the effects of technology on society, Ms. Huff researches Amish society and culture to develop a unit on technology and Amish culture. She observes and interviews people in Amish communities to explore why they have ... more »

Maura Goggins

Grandview Elementary School, Monsey, NY
Grades K-5, English
2004, Fall

To gain fluency in Spanish and support her English language learners, Ms. Goggins attends the Cervantes Institute in Manhattan. At the institute, she enrolls in several advanced Spanish courses to develop her oral and written communication skills. Because few ... more »

Jennifer Bradshaw

Smithtown High School, Smithtown, NY
Grades 9-12, English
2004, Fall

The language arts teachers at Smithtown High School form a study group to analyze effective strategies for collaborating with secondary special education teachers on writing instruction. The participants collaborate with university writing center directors, use peer ... more »

Jill Hukee

McKinley Elementary School, Owatonna, MN
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Fall

To improve student achievement, instructional strategies, and curriculum presentation, Ms. Hukee leads a study group on the needs and feelings of immigrant children. Participants read professional books and discuss best practices for instructing English language ... more »