$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.
Pat O'Connor is the Coordinator for Start Making A Reader Today or the S.M.A.R.T. program at Vose Elementary in Beaverton. This is what her nominator, and fellow volunteer, Dolores Redden had to say about Pat:
Pat coordinates the volunteers for the S.M.A.R.T. program at Vose Elementary. She energizes the volunteers, coordinates with the teachers to select student’s that the volunteers, like myself, will read to once a week during the school year. Pat has designed the program so each volunteer has three students that we work with throughout the year. It gives the student one-on-one reading for 20 minutes two times a week, with a volunteer helping them with their skills outside of the usual classroom time. Not only does Pat coordinate the volunteers, but she also has a special relationship with the kids, getting to know them as individuals throughout the year. She motivates them in so many different ways, making it fun by letting the students pick out stickers that go on a tally sheet to show that they read a particular book. By the end of the year, you see a change in these kids, not only in their reading ability but in their confidence level. Pat is what makes the S.M.A.R.T. program successful at Vose. She empowers the volunteers to help the kids, and makes the program fun and exciting.
Congratulations Pat O'Connor from K103!
Carol Wood is a 4th Grade Teacher at Columbia Valley Elementary in Vancouver. This is what her nominator, parent, Pamela Hawk, had to say about Carol:
Carol Wood cares about her students receiving a good education. She encourages them to love learning in and out of the classroom, focusing on developing their skills in unique ways. Carol has a small basketball hoop and basketball in her classroom that she uses when quizzing the kids on multiplication tables. She asks a multiplication problem and if the child gets the problem correct they shoot the basketball. When they make the hoop the kids cheer. I think this is great because it allows them to have fun in a subject that is often difficult and therefore more challenging to keep the children engaged. My son is in her class and he enjoys not only the math games she uses to help engage the children, but also her sense of humor in teaching. She uses different tones in her voice when teaching especially during reading, to keep their attention. Whether she mimics a child's voice, a deep tone, or a southern drawl, she keeps those little ears alert by avoiding monotone, that leads to daydreams. As a result, one of the things she has really developed in my son is a greater love of reading. In the past, reading was no more than a homework assignment for my son, but with her way of making the characters in the reading come to life and develop a personality a child can relate to, my son has a much stronger interest in reading. He is starting to see it is not just a story, but thinks about what the characters are doing. He thinks about what they would be like and how some of what he reads relates to things in his life. Howie is often eager to share with my husband and I, what he has learned in school and makes up trivia questions for us to answer based on what he learned from class. I guess you could say we are all learning from Miss Wood. With all the cuts our schools have seen, I have come to appreciate a teacher who accomplishes so much despite the limitations and boundaries set before her. Carol realizes teaching is not a job but an important contribution to the lives of young children who learn from those they encounter in life. My faith in the education system has been restored by seeing my child's love of school and knowing such a wonderful teacher has been a positive influence in his life. She is truly a person who you can see believes in the value of education and is a great example of a highly effective educator.
Congratulations Carol Wood from K103!
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!
Robyn Beisell is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Alberta Rider Elementary in Tigard. Her nominator and former parent of one of her students, Laura Wanless, has this to say about Robyn:
Robyn has a rare gift for truly seeing each child and understanding their unique learning style, their social needs, as well as how their personality and understanding of the world around them affect and contribute to the quality of learning they experience. She consistently goes above and beyond the State mandated lessons, and she tailors her teaching to the child, understanding that one child may need pictures or props to understand a concept, while others may need lecture and one-on-one attention. For my son Aidan, she took the time to realize how he learned. When she taught him math, she could tell that my son and about six others, were very visual learners, so she would include specific visual as well as numeric examples. She talked to him about whom in the class he would learn from the best and sat him at the same table. She realized he had test anxiety, and so she had him do his state testing alone. She provided this kind of special attention to ALL of her students; it was evident in all of their smiles and how much they all talked about the special way Robyn would get into their world to open up all sorts of new ideas, learning, and lessons. My son thrived in her classroom and loved going to school each day. Simply put, she takes pride and great heart in teaching children and it shows in the smiles of both she AND her students. I can't say enough great things about her; Co-workers and parents alike enjoy and look to her for guidance and support. Thank you Robyn, for everything you do for our children.
Congratulations Robyn Beisell from K103!