Thursday, May 16, 2013
Dorchester District Two celebrated its teachers May 9 with a special ceremony honoring them. Over the next few issues we will pay homage to these exceptional leaders by printing the tributes written about them.
Teachers of the Year
Charles “Peco” Sanders
Eagle Nest Elementary School
The classroom theme in Charles or Peco Sanders third grade GATE class at Eagle Nest Elementary is Super Heroes. This may be one of the reasons phenomenal things are always happening in his class.
With an electric personality that engages all of his students, he has created a family environment in his class that allows students to express their thoughts and ideas. He believes that his biggest contribution to education is his passion to find new and innovative ways for children to learn. He is constantly in search of “out of the box” teaching ideas that will work with his students.
For three summers, Peco taught in Ghana, Africa, an experience that has deepened his passion for education and benefited his students here in District Two. Peco is a dynamic teacher that truly makes a difference in the lives he touches.
Jessica Rushin began her teaching career seven years ago at Flowertown Elementary where she still teaches first grade. She has built a reputation for high standards coupled with a true passion for young children.
During her years in the classroom, she feels one of her greatest accomplishments is the relationships she builds and maintains with parents. She realized very early that building these relationships with the family was one of the best ways to help the child. In addition to working with parents during the year as a team focused on the success of their child, she ends each school year hosting a family picnic for students and their families at Wannamaker Park. It is a time of celebration.
Jessica shares her philosophy of teaching in these words, “I believe that a teacher needs to be committed to the business of education. Teaching is not just a career but a lifestyle. A quality teacher is committed to the wellbeing of students at any given time.”
Fort Dorchester High
Jennifer Battaglieri feels that her greatest contribution to the field of education is her immense passion for what she does in the classroom on a daily basis. She works to find ways to help her students discover their own personal passions.
Although Jennifer has been in the classroom for only five years, she has had a tremendous impact on students and teachers at Fort Dorchester High School. She touches students from both ends of the spectrum as she teaches English in the International Baccalaureate Program and also teaches in the school’s Evening School and homebound program. But her goal with every student is to inspire and motivate them to succeed.
Jennifer models behavior for students through her involvement with the Habitat for Humanity club where she volunteers giving back to the community working side by side with her students. Students in her classroom benefit from her encouragement to learn from their mistakes as well as their successes.
William “Jack” Mansor
Gregg Middle School
In his eighth grade science classes at Gregg Middle School, Jack Mansor provides students a well-rounded education that incorporates curriculum but also life lessons. Outside the classroom, Jack has been instrumental in leading the school’s football team to winning records in the three years he has been at the school. Principal Lori Estep attributes his successes at Gregg to his high standards of academics, discipline, teamwork, and effort.
Jack strives to create a classroom that welcomes mistakes, challenges, and the ability to ask for help. It is also a classroom environment built on mutual respect. Jack shares that his number one priority as a teacher is to meet the needs of his students. He wants each of them to not only have content knowledge, but life knowledge.
Joseph R. Pye Elementary School
When Allyson Kahler accepted a first grade teaching position, she truly discovered her passion for teaching. She was a part of the teaching staff that opened Pye Elementary in 2011 and was excited to be afforded the opportunity to exercise her gifts as a teacher of first graders. Her positive energy is contagious and was a positive force in the creation of a new school community.
In fact, she feels strongly that the community at large is a powerful tool in education. That is why she takes every opportunity to attend her students’ activities outside of the school setting. Allyson believes that a person learns through human experience so she works hard to make the subject matter relevant to the student’s life experiences.
She shares her philosophy of teaching as follows: “I do not consider teaching a job, but an adventure. My students become my children, my love, and my life.”