$103 Gift Card for classroom supplies provided by Concordia University
Crystal Apple Award is a beautifully sculpted reminder of achievement and commitment to students and education, sponsored by K103 and Concordia University
Concordia University Continuing Education Scholarship winner will be randomly drawn from this year's Educator of the Week honorees. Teacher education has been the cornerstone of Concordia University for more than 100 years, and this scholarship is one way that Concordia joins students and the community to thank educators for all they do!
All of this year's weekly winners of the EOW are eligible • scholarship redeemable for one graduate or undergraduate course up to three (3) credits, with selection from among all courses available at Concordia University on-campus, online or off-site. • Course selection will be on a space available basis • winner must be qualified for the courses they select. (For example, someone without a bachelor's degree would not qualify for a graduate level course.) • The course must be started within 12 months of the award. • Fees and books are not included. • If a recipient chooses not to take a course, there will be no monetary compensation or reimbursement, and there will be no cash reimbursement if a recipient withdraws from a course for any reason. • Additional restrictions may apply.
Bobbie Persons teaches 3rd Grade at Stayton Elementary School in Stayton, Oregon. Her nominator and a parent, Julie Nadeau, had this to say about Bobbie:
I'd like to nominate Bobbie Persons for Educator of the Week (Year, if you'd let me)! Not only does she turn out smart children, but she nurtures their self esteem and grows their strengths as individuals. Bobbie is always positive, even in her criticism and punishments. Her words are always encouraging. To a child who can't stop chatting during a group lesson, she may say "I know if I give you a minute, you can find a better choice to make." And then she'll wait patiently, no angry words, no dirty looks. Students become more confident in themselves and their abilities. She plays soft music during quiet study times for a calming effect. While her classroom is most always calm, she strums wind chimes to bring the kids back down if the noise level rises. She never, ever shouts or even raises her voice. There is an absence of stress for the kids to feed from. And when a wrench is thrown in the day, she rolls with the punches and teaches them to do the same. She emphasizes respect above all else in personal relationships; respect is equal with learning. Bobbie understands that kids work their brains everyday with math and reading, but she also understands it is important to develop the creative side of our brains. Several times throughout the year, she buys huge bricks of clay so the kids can create with their hands. The learning is valuable, but so is the pride they feel in the finished product that they can take home to treasure. Not only is this money out of her pocket for the clay, but it's extra time to travel to Salem or Portland to buy the materials, time to prepare the supplies before school and a great deal of time to clean up after school. As part of their writing lessons, each week they set aside some time to write a letter to a certain student in the class. This serves to reinforce writing a formal letter with a greeting, body and closing, but it also teaches them to consider what they have in common with the person of the week and to express kind words of friendship. She then binds the letters into a book that is sent home with the student. It's uplifting for the students to read what their classmates have written to them and it's a fabulous keepsake. She has private conferences with the students during quiet study times. Each week, students have an opportunity to check in with her to discuss the past week's work, what was good, what needs work, what goals they'd like to set. These conversations are in confidence and the goals are set for the specific child. Probably the hardest thing to express about Bobbie Persons is that she has more heart in one finger than most of us have in our whole being. There aren't words to express how a parent feels when they see their child being lifted up, not just educationally, but emotionally and creatively, by a person who is paid to teach them the basics. The peace that is in your heart when your kids are not at home but with Bobbie, is what she is doing for families in our community.
Congratulations Bobbie Persons from K103!