Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik wasn’t your typical 102-year-old. Every morning, she would get up and head to the Sundance School in New Jersey to teach cooking and sewing lessons to elementary students. You wouldn’t believe how busy Agnes kept herself – between teaching classes and making costumes for the school play, she led a busy and fulfilling life.
Just last month, Kristen Espina, a 6th and 7th grade math teacher at Moundsville Middle School, was named Edmentum’s Educator of the Year for 2018. She was recognized for her creative and effective use of technology in her classroom to encourage her students to strive for success but also for her dedication to helping them learn. Recently, we had the chance to chat with Kristen about how she keeps her students motivated, what she does to be the best teacher she can be, and what matters most to her as a teacher when it comes to her students. But first, we were curious, what made her want to become an educator?
Although it may seem trivial, the last day of school can be a challenge. The work of the school year is (probably) done, and students (mistakenly) believe summer has already started. That can lead to wayward behaviors if you can’t keep students occupied. If you fall into this category and feel that using a movie would be mailing it in, here are some ideas to make the last day as fruitful as the other 175-plus days.
At the end of the school year in 1997, Mrs. Toensing, a sixth-grade teacher from Yuma, Arizona wrote a note in Christin Gilmer’s report card. It read: “It has been a joy to have you in class. Keep up the good work! Invite me to your Harvard graduation!” Little did she know, Christin would do just that 21 years later.
Summer school is sometimes tough—there’s no way around it. While most students are looking forward to a break, some students are facing the reality that they may be headed back to school.