$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.
Tamara Kuraspediani-Arndt is the founder and teacher at Mt. Hood Montessori in Gresham. Her nominator is parent, Rose Thoman. This is what Rose had to say about Tamara:
I’ve been impressed with Tamara and the school ever since our first meeting. I wasn’t planning on enrolling my daughter in pre-school until I saw this one. It was my first introduction to Montessori education, and I was blown away. I am an educator myself and can honestly say that Montessori education and Tamara’s school are phenomenal. Educators are constantly being trained on how to implement best practices in the classroom in order to raise student achievement. Tamara incorporates them seamlessly. Not only does she teach each individual child, she teaches the whole child. My 4-year-old daughter knows her letters and sounds and is reading phonetic readers. She wears lace-up shoes that she can tie herself. Yesterday she used the word “vertical” correctly in a sentence. She loves lessons on the binomial cube and learning how to sew. She prepares snacks, gardens and searches for chicken eggs. She has created art work in the styles of Monet and Matisse. Better than all of that, is the culture of kindness, respect, and willingness to try hard work that is present in the classroom. Tamara has created all of this herself using the Montessori philosophies. Her passion for education shines through, and I have yet to meet a teacher more dedicated than Tamara. I know my daughter is getting the best education possible because of the school and the environment that Tamara has worked so diligently to create. Having an exceptional start in the preschool and kinder-years prepares all of the children at Mt. Hood Montessori to do their best for the rest of their school years.
Congratulations Tamara Kuraspediani-Arndt from K103!