Elaine Black, a special education teacher from Appling County Elementary School has been named the JP Associates Teacher of the Year for 2012. JP Associates is an International Consulting Firm that has worked with Appling County teachers for eight years. Ms. Black was chosen out of all the sites that the firm works with and received the award in Atlanta this July. Maggie Boozer, a consultant from JP Associates is the author of this letter of introduction below.
Waiting on Superman, did you see it? Waiting on Superman is the outstanding 2010 movie that causes us to weep as we watch and experience the fate of selected students. Their families try to find the correct educational setting to ensure the children succeed and excel in school. Through my own tears, I found it abundantly clear that our children ARE waiting for superman— for teachers who have the ability to teach with rigor—always expecting excellence from themselves and from their students. Tonight I want to honor one of those teachers—one of the really, really good ones.
One of the criteria for our TOTY is that they are a team player. This person is a team player—sometimes being the leader and sometimes being a follower and sometimes sitting on the bench as a supporter. She has been a great model for teachers in her school and in her district. She goes about the everyday work of teaching quietly and without complaint. There are times that I think she has every reason to feel discouraged—and though she may be for a minute or two—she always bounces back. Stronger and more willing and determined than ever.
My personal admiration for this teacher is high. She has a strong supporting cast—a principal and assistant principal who recognize her ability. As a matter of fact, after her principal’s first teaching observation, she jumped up and stated that she wanted all children to be taught reading exactly like the group she was observing. Special education teachers look to her for guidance and support as they educate our most naïve students. Regular education teachers credit her for teaching them better ways of presenting curriculum.
She progress monitors all special education students’ grades three to five. She also teaches students with disabilities reading. Our “supergirl’s” students sport some pretty impressive scores on the state test. 2/3 of SWD who took the regular grade level CRCT passed. 1/2 of students who took the modified test passed.
Those of you from Appling County recognize this teacher. Elaine Black. Appling County, GA.
Appling County Elementary School is so very proud of Elaine!
About JP Associates, Inc.
“JP Associates, Inc. partners with schools and districts across the country to provide intensive professional development for scientifically based reading programs including Direct Instruction, classroom management, and the development of school-based teacher leaders and coaches.”