Volume 40, Number 2, Aug. 17, 2011

2011 History Teacher of the Year

Kate BauerKate Bauer, Patterson Elementary sixth-grade teacher, is our state's History Teacher of the Year.

She won $1,000 and lots of materials for her school library. The award is administered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and co-sponsored by the History Channel and Preserve America.

"I've always enjoyed teaching history, and I'm honored to be recognized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute," Bauer said.

"This award is a reflection of the content knowledge, teaching strategies and wealth of resources gained from my participation in the MPS Teaching American History Grant," she added.

National board certification

Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the most prestigious credential in the profession. Attend an informational meeting to learn about the national board, the certification process, MPS precandidacy classes, reimbursements, stipends and professional leave:

Informational meeting

4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19
Building 4, Room 142, Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa
Reservations or questions: Contact Barbara Stout at (480) 472-0384 or mbstout@mpsaz.org
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Precandidacy classes

5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Dec. 6
Building 4, Room 141, Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa
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SMART Board Overview class openings

Educational Technology has openings for MPS teachers who would like to enroll in the 75-minute SMART Board Overview class in the training lab at the Curriculum Services Satellite, 546 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. Check the calendar for availability.

Cool CareersSally Ride Science Academy

Patty Medina will use the "Cool Careers" book series to showcase diverse role models and activities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Five elementary educators attended the Sally Ride Science Academy in La Jolla, Calif., this summer, thanks to funding from ExxonMobil:

• Kate Bauer, sixth grade, Patterson Elementary
• Karen Duke, sixth grade, Madison Elementary
• Patty Medina, sixth grade, Holmes Elementary
• Kim Merlene, fifth and seventh grade, Mesa Academy
• Colleen Howard, coordinator, Space Integration Module

They were selected based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

Sheila Simpson and Kate Bauer of Patterson Elementary won the $2,500 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award for their grant proposal titled Historical Firsts! Civil War Science and Technology. Their students will focus on the influence of the telegraph, hot-air balloons, submarines and steam engines.

Reach for the Stars is sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education.

How the Civil War Changed America

Chris Whitehead traveled to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a weeklong competitive-application seminar on How the Civil War Changed America. The seminar was sponsored and fully funded by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Whitehead brought back lots of Civil War resources and teaching strategies, on the transformation of social and political life, to benefit his students at Fremont Junior High.

'Five questions with . . .'

Cathryn Creno, education reporter, wrote "Five questions with Diana LeSueur" for the Arizona Republic's Aug. 10 issue. LeSueur coordinates the MPS Flight Center and recently attended Boeing Educators to Space Camp.

Do you know an MPS student, teacher or community leader who should be featured in the Mesa Republic? Write to Creno at cathryn.creno@arizonarepublic.com.

Meet the Teacher

Taft studentWalmart, Pepsi and Sam's Club sponsored Meet the Teacher at Taft Elementary. The companies sent 50 volunteers to set up and staff the celebration. "It was amazing," reports Kathy Ray, Title I school improvement specialist.

Chester Cheeto and Oreo Double Stuff costumed characters welcomed families to the event and posed for pictures.

Walmart donated backpacks and eye exams. Proceeds from Pepsi's food cart were donated to the school. Pepsi and Sam's Club gave out school supplies for teachers and students. Additional gifts were donated by Quaker, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Oreo, and Mesa fire and police departments.

Quick-link reminders

Safest Pool in Mesa Contest  |  Minigrant application  |  Employee of the Month  |  Volunteer of the Month  |  Special days  |  Your news  |  Trip Reduction Program and prizes


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