Sequoyah Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Julie Lareau
Technology Literacy and MultiMedia
Sequoyah Teachers Selected to Receive One-of-a-Kind Professional Development
Named 2015 Fund for Teachers Fellows
Fund for Teachers has named Sequoyah teachers Jamie Hill and Beth Bryan 2015 Fellows.
They are among 487 teachers across the U.S. selected to receive funds to design their own ideal learning experience. The two plan to travel through the Northeastern part of the U.S. this summer touring 3-D labsand attending both a week-long intensive STEM workshop and Podstock, a tech innovation conference. Their goal is to balance content and technology in their Gifted & Talented and World Languages classes and the Sequoyah Coding Club.
Sequoyah Principal Jason Galloway says Jamie and Beth are both teachers who constantly seek out new methods to engage students in their classes. “In addition to doing a fantastic job in heading up our gifted and talented program, Beth also serves as our site professional development coordinator. Jamie’s passion for the infusion of technology in the classroom should be commended. In addition to seeking out training and resources to use for her Spanish classes, she has also started the school’s coding club. This club has been a huge success, and it provides several students with fun and challenging ways to use technology.”
Her work with the coding club is one reason Jamie was recently selected as a PBS LearningMedia “Digital Innovator”- one of just three Oklahoma teachers to receive such recognition.
“Technology is a tool we educators can use to effectively reach out to
Edmond students and customize their learning experience,” said Hill. “I am fortunate to have an administrator like Mr. Galloway, who supports his teachers in their passions, and work with the best of the best like Beth Bryan. The PBS Digital Learning opportunity will provide Sequoyah with exceptional resources, and through Fund for Teachers we hope to bring a STEM Makerspace plan back to Sequoyah and start providing students with opportunities to learn in ways not yet known, for careers not yet invented.”
To learn more about either of these award programs, visit www.fundforteachers.org. or go to www.pbslearningmedia.org.
The Oklahoma Council for Social Studies (OCSS) recently named Sequoyah Middle School teacher Jason Mackey the Rising Star Teacher of the Year-an award given to the most outstanding social studies educator in the state with less than five years of experience. Mackey is an eighth-grade history teacher who prides himself on new and innovative ways to engage his students in history. “Mr. Mackey’s energy and insight encourages his school and our district to take new directions in order to revitalize our classrooms,” said district Content Specialist Pam Merrill. “His contributions to our district have been extraordinary in the brief time he has been a classroom social studies educator,” said Merrill. Mackey has served on the district’s Social Studies Vertical Team helping to write curriculum guides, develop social studies strategies and develop the implementation of a new district writing program, based upon primary sources in geography and history.