The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are now open for nomination and application for teachers of grades K-6. Nominations are due by April 1, 2014. Applications are due by May 1, 2014. These awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
To our CCSD librarians,
Thank you for being such an important part of the school system. I know that libraries are the hearts of our schools.
Many people don't realize that librarians are indeed teachers. You spend time supplementing common core at your library, and you collaborate with school staff to ensure that students get the absolute best out of their education. Your dedication to students can be seen in even the smallest gestures, such as opening the library before school hours and keeping it open after hours.
You constantly reflect on your work and provide instruction. You develop collections for students to preserve knowledge and history. Rather than let technology take the place of books, you have embraced its significance and integrated it into the curriculum. You play a pivotal role in the learning process as these new technologies continue to emerge and evolve.
You are the reading advocate who gets students excited and enthusiastic about learning. You begin by giving students the key to unlock their imaginations through storytelling, and see them through their journey by providing them with literacy skills to help them become college and career ready in the 21st Century.
Although CCSD Librarians Day is only one day, we all celebrate and recognize you every day of the year. We appreciate your hard work and thank you for everything you do.
Eldorado High School soccer coach Gerald Pentsil is one of Nevada's longest-tenured coaches, and according to the Las Vegas Sun, his players have proven themselves to be "champions on and off the field."
Travis Pardee has served as band director at Foothill High School for more than 10 years. He is spotlighted in a Feb. 1, 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal article.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is now accepting nominations for teachers of grades K-6. Nominations are due by April 1, 2014, and applications are due on May 1. The PAEMST are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Spring Valley High School teacher Wende Lestelle was named Clark County's educator of the month for Dec. 2013. Besides her accomplishments in the classroom, the earth science teacher is known for her travels all over the world, including such far-off places as Mongolia, Madagascar and the Amazon.
Clark High School teacher Chuck Cushinery is one of only 10 people nationwide vying for a Grammy award for Music Educator of the year. As reported by KLAS-TV, Cushinery is in the final cut from more than 30,000 entries. He told the station, "It's wonderful. It's a really interesting experience," he said. "It made me really hone in who I am as a teacher and why it's so important to me."
Las Vegas native Lana Carey teaches several dance classes at Foothill High School. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Carey has led the school's varsity dance team to fourth in the nation.
Northwest CTA history teacher Jeff Hinton was recently named Nevada’s Teacher of the Year. As reported by KNPR, "His influence can be seen in the numbers: about 60 percent of his students passed advanced-placement tests in 2010 and the pass rate has increased to 87 percent in 2013." Click here to listen to KNPR's on-air interview with this outstanding educator. Hinton also will be featured during the Jan. 21 edition of "Inside Education" on Vegas PBS, ch. 10.
As a result of a $250,000 contribution from Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment, The Public Education Foundation’s Teacher EXCHANGE is expanding its reach throughout Clark County with the Teacher EXCHANGE Express, its new school supply delivery vehicle. The Teacher EXCHANGE Express made its inaugural delivery on Dec. 12, 2013 to William G. Bennett Elementary School in Laughlin. Teachers at the school received school supplies courtesy of Caesars Foundation, as HERO volunteers from Harrah’s Laughlin delivered the supplies to teachers. The teachers also learned more about how the Teacher EXCHANGE can enhance the classroom experience for their students.