When Joann Blumenfeld, an educator with the Wake County Public School System, looks at her students, she doesn’t see disabilities — she sees superpowers.
“We need to flip the mindset that these kids have disabilities,” says Blumenfeld, a special education teacher and founder of Catalyst, a STEM program for high school students with disabilities. “They have different superpowers.” Story according to EdTech.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that Ivona Todorovic, an English Language teacher at Red River High School in Grand Forks, has been named North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year.
Burgum and Baesler made the announcement in the state Capitol’s Memorial Hall during a ceremony held to celebrate Todorovic and the three other Teacher of the Year finalists: Abby DuBord, of Bismarck, a first-grade teacher at Bismarck’s Elk Ridge Elementary; Megan Margerum, of Hunter, a third-grade English/Language Arts teacher at Northern Cass Public School; and Megan Wald, of Kintyre, a Linton High School business education instructor according to the Governor of North Dakota.
Chad Warnick – Utah
Where was Chad Warnick the day after being named 2023 Utah Teacher of the Year during a banquet at a Salt Lake hotel? Driving around Delta in his pickup truck collecting soil samples for his agricultural students to analyze.
It’s all in the day’s work for the agriculture, biology, leadership and communications teacher, now in his 17th year of teaching in the Millard School District according to the Desert News.
Kelly Gates is as homegrown as they come in Hopkins County. Born and raised in Madisonville, she has been teaching at Pride Elementary School (Hopkins County) for her entire 26-year career. Now Gates is representing her home as the 2023 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Like many children, Gates played “school” growing up, but it was not until her late teenage years that she began to consider becoming a teacher.
“I had a natural connection that flowed from me every time I worked with students in any capacity, whether at church or volunteering for Project Self-Esteem at a local school for my college psychology class,” she said according to Kentucky teacher.
College Park Elementary School second grade teacher Lisa Schermerhorn has received a $5,000 check after winning the Amazing Teacher of the month award from Gannett and its local partner in this contest, the Florida Credit Union.
Teachers nationwide are eligible to be nominated for the award. Gannett, which owns the Star-Banner, sponsors the contest in many of its markets, with local partners as sponsors. One winner per month is selected locally and nationwide. Schermerhorn won the national prize according to the Ocala News.