Archive for the ‘Stellar Educator of the Week’ Category

  • Inspirational Educator: Joshua Katz, TEDx Talks’ “Toxic Testing Terminator”

    on Apr 16, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week • with Comments

    Joshua Katz

    Every plaguing problem needs a caped crusader. When it comes to the burdensome culture of standardized assessment, teachers have found one in Joshua Katz (@jakatz87), the “Toxic Testing Terminator.” It’s been about one year since Katz delivered his TEDx Talk on “The Toxic Culture of Education.” In between then and now he’s run for political office. He’s pushed his students to succeed in his mathematics classroom, despite all the odds. And he’s now begun to look at testing from a parent’s perspective. We sat down with Mr. Katz for our most recent #InspirationalEducator series.  

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  • #InspirationalEducator – Cheryl Beckwith

    on Sep 2, 14 • in Featured, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week • with Comments

    How do you teach for 43 years and still have fun? Cheryl Beckwith, Colorado Rockies MLB All-Star Educator does that every year. Each new school year is a blessing for Cheryl, and those of us who share her profession – regardless of this being our 1st or 51st year – can certainly learn plenty from this #InspirationalEducator. Jake Miller sat down with her to see what drives her back to school, day after day and year after year.   Jake Miller, The Educator’s Room: First of all, how many years have you been teaching? Cheryl

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  • Inspirational Educator – Garrett Lim, All-Star Teacher

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week, Technology • with Comments


    Every teacher wants to be called an all-star, but not many get the trophy to match. Garrett Lim is one of those honored few teachers to be recognized by Major League Baseball as an All-Star, as he was the Chicago White Sox’s selection to the 2014 All-Star contest. We sat down with Garrett to watch him showcase his teacher’s home run swing.   Jake Miller, The Educator’s Room: What was it like to be named a People Magazine All-Star Teacher? Garrett Lim, Chemistry Teacher and Chicago White Sox All-Star: In one word, it was awesome

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  • Congratulations LaShanda J. – Our Stellar Educator of the Week!

    on Apr 8, 13 • in Stellar Educator of the Week • with Comments

    Name: LaShanda J. School: Charter School of the Dunes, Indiana Years Teaching: 5-6 years Specialty: Middle School – English/ Language Arts, Social Studies   Congratulations to LaShanda J., our Stellar Educator of the Week!  LaShanda was nominated by one of her colleagues, who wrote about the impact LaShanda has made on her students:  LaShanda has a way to communicate and engage middle school students that is just plain special. She challenges students to learn in different ways! She challenges students that have found school easy and makes them work harder than they ever had.  In

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  • Congratulations Matt M. – Our Stellar Educator of the Week!

    on Apr 1, 13 • in Featured, Stellar Educator of the Week • with Comments


    Name: Matthew M. School: Kalamazoo Public Schools Years Teaching: 10+ years Specialty: Social Studies   Congratulations to Matthew M., our Stellar Educator of the Week!  Matt was nominated by one of his colleagues, who reveals some of the amazing ways he connects with his students: I first met Matt when he was helping the whole secondary Social Studies to get on board with technology, state standards and common assessments. He was teaching at the other high school in Kalamazoo at the time. I since have team taught with him, and he uses every available means

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