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PEOPLE's Magazine Teachers of the Year
This month I decided to scrub my normal rant and replace it with a "Hats Off to You" salute to the six dedicated educators who PEOPLE's magazine recently named as "Teachers of the Year." Although these six teachers are situated throughout the country and work with diverse populations, they share two major commonalities - dedication to their profession, and a determination to overcome any and all obstacles. Please meet...
- Art Almquist, a 17-year drama teacher in Tucson who produces plays about topics such as AIDS and immigration;
- Marsha Dionisio, a 29-year 4th grade teacher in Seaside Heights, N.J., who kept teaching in a borrowed gym space using the one book she had for her class, following the destruction of her school by superstorm Sandy;
- John Herber, a science teacher and football coach in Pensacola, Fla., who teaches experiential lessons outdoors and has seen dramatic gains in test scores;
- Mary Kurt-Mason, a special education teacher in Pagosa Springs, Colo., who takes her students with disabilities sea-kayaking, skiing, and whitewater rafting;
- The teaching team of Brenda Martinez, Radames Galarza, and Elissa Guarnero in Milwaukee, who founded a bilingual fine arts elementary school and use culturally relevant teaching practices; and
- Valencia Robinson, a high school reading teacher in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who in her 20 years of teaching has secured $20,000 in technology grants for her students, helped get free mammograms for students' family members, and mentored many struggling teens.
Congratulations, teachers. You are indeed a credit to our profession.
A teacher has a profession; a good teacher has a passion.
— Jacquie McTaggart
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