$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.
Ken Blacksmith is a Science Teacher at Milwaukie Academy of the Arts Charter School. This is what his nominator and parent, Penney Ryland had to say about Ken:
Mr. Blacksmith is one of the most dedicated teacher's I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He consistently provides extra help to those students that need it and does this on his own time. He has a wonderful demeanor and is very well respected and liked by students and colleagues. Everyday after school, Mr. Blacksmith stays after his "normal" work hours to help kids that are in need of extra help. Mr. Blacksmith is a Science teacher however he will help kids with other subjects as well. Mr. Blacksmith has a website called "Biology is cool" and I believe his Philosophy of Education that is listed on that website sums up why he is deserving of Educator of the week:
"I was in a school classroom prepared to observe the interaction between the students and their teacher when suddenly, the nearest student turned in his chair, and without any prompting, shook his head in his hands and hit his head on the desktop. His message was loud as he exclaimed, “I HATE science! We NEVER get to do anything!” I will never forget what he said and how frustrated he behaved. I will never forget how those wise words from a student helped me to clarify my philosophy as a science teacher. In my class the students will do as many things as possible. I believe students learn and take ownership of their science education by active hands-on tasks, projects, discussions and questions. My science classroom will be a place where creativity and invention are recognized and encouraged. It is my goal as a teacher for my students to gain a passion to learn for life. I will be rewarded as a teacher when a student says to me, “Let me show you.”
Tim Taylor, Director of MAA, has this to say about Ken Blacksmith:
Congratulations Ken Blacksmith from all of us at K103!