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D.215 teachers recognized for excellence

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z D.215 teachers recognized for excellenceIyana Mason Times Columnist nwitimes.com
May 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In far too many organizations and companies, employees feel undervalued and overworked. The 2013 Met Life Survey of the American Teacher found that teacher satisfaction has declined 23 percent since 2008 and the percentage of teachers who indicate they are under significant work-related stress several days a week has increased by 15 percent.

As schools celebrate National Teacher (and Teacher Assistant) Appreciation Week, District 215 would like to highlight the recent accolades received by several of our educators who have made a difference in the lives of students and our local communities.

T.F.North social studies teacher Adria Bartley was bestowed with the "Teacher of the Year" award by Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush during a ceremony on May 1. The Calumet City Lions Club recognized another T.F. North teacher, Elizabeth Stramaglia, as "Teacher of Year" during the 74-year-old club’s awards dinner on April 23. In addition to a plaque, Elizabeth received a monetary award.

Michelle Jones, T.F. North algebra teacher, was selected for the Carnegie Learning "Learning by Doing Leader" Award for her outstanding accomplishments in improving student achievement in the classroom. Michelle will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2013 Carnegie Learning Common Core Teaching Excellence Institute in July in Orlando, Fla., and an honorary plaque.

Robert Predl, T.F. North technology and engineering teacher, was chosen as one of 16 teachers to participate in the Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry Project. Through this national pilot study in collaboration with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech), Robert will help design and enhance professional development opportunities for other middle and high school engineering, technology, and design teachers.

Teachers have one of the most important jobs there is — to educate, mold, and inspire young minds. Almost 10 years later, I vividly remember one of my college professors telling me four short but powerful words that have stayed with me to this day — “I believe in you.” Thank you Adria, Elizabeth, Michelle, Robert and all of the teachers who work tirelessly every day to help young people succeed in the classroom and beyond.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Iyana Mason is the grant writing and communications specialist for Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215. She can be reached at imason@tfd215.org.

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