Wednesday, March 19, 2014
TEACHERS Continued from previous page
The Floras wrote in the accolade that their son AJ was struggling in school until he was placed in Oliver’s class, when AJ did a “180” in his studies. “He really loves the way Mrs. Oliver teaches and cares,” the Floras wrote. “He retains the information that she puts out and wants to learn more. He comes home and does his homework without being told 20 times. His grades have improved dramatically and Mrs. Oliver says he participates in class.” Sometimes in schools, the act of being a teacher can be applied to staff members who aren’t ofﬁcially teachers. Such is the case with Bellevue Elementary School special-education paraprofessionals Debbie London and Chandra Barney. The two of them are praised in an Oct. 8, 2013, accolade written by district Curriculum Director Angie Martinez, who previously served as Bellevue principal. “Debbie and Chandra welcome students to a focused learning environment that encourages the achievement of goals,” Martinez wrote, “They mentor those students and compel them to be their best academically and socially by living the seven habits as learned through the Leader in Me [program]. They truly invest themselves in helping these students learn and grow.” Martinez further points out that London and Barney are successful in teaching because they “care” about the success and well-being of the students.
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Life changer Wood River Middle School language arts teacher Ginger Rierden has had more than one accolade Woodside Elementary School fourthwritten about her. The most grade teacher Katherine Oliver was recent, presented to the described as an “amazing hero” in an accolade school board on Feb. 11, written by Hailey residents Stephanie and Joe was written by sixth-grade Flora. teacher Emma Madsen, who described how Rierden “changed her life” by helping her discover her true self through writing. Madsen describes in the accolade that she lacked conﬁdence in her abilities, particularly at writing, but that Rierden helped her ﬁnd her voice and discover “an important piece of herself.” Much of the accolade is written by Madsen describing herself in third voice. “The girl didn’t know how to thank the teacher, for the teacher had changed her life, helped discover the girl’s true self and she was utterly thankful,” Madsen wrote. “So here I am writing this story, and I hope this was a good enough thank you; because I know that no matter what I won’t be able to thank you enough.”
“She (Elizabeth Young) spends the extra time needed— way more than what is required hourly—as a teacher.”
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Paraprofessionals Chandra Barney, left, and Debbie London were recognized in an accolade for their dedication in helping special-education students at Bellevue Elementary School.
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Published on Mar 19, 2014