Teacher Spotlight: 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

Teacher Spotlight: 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

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Meet our 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!

What’s the most innovative idea that you’ve tried in your classroom?

Jana Cervone

Jana Cervone, 2nd Grade Teacher

 

I love to try out new strategies using technology. Last year, I attended a Technology Fair and discovered new ways for students to showcase their new skills and knowledge. I had the students use different apps on the iPads (ThingLink, Haiku Deck, and Puppet Show) to showcase all that they had learned from our Social Studies unit on the Cherokee Indians and Famous Georgians. We combined the different information on ThingLink and created a QR Code for the parents to have easy access to their projects. Although this was a HUGE undertaking for 2nd graders, we ALL learned so much about the subject matter, but also how to work cooperatively, troubleshoot when we had problems, and how to work with different programs. I think I learned as much as they did during this project.

 

Who is the best teacher you ever had and what made him or her special?

My 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Schneider, was one of the best teachers.   Not only did she make learning fun, she was a super loving lady. She made every child in her class feel super special and important. She was also the one who “loved my brother into reading.” My brother was younger than me and he got to have her as a 2nd grade teacher also. He was a struggling reader and having difficulty in school. She recognized this early on, took him in her lap and gave him one-on-one time to read with her in her rocking chair. He did get extra help that year from SPED (he was diagnosed with a LD in reading) but the little extra effort she put into her daily teaching made all the difference in the world for my brother. We still exchange Christmas cards with her. I have always aspired to be a teacher just like Mrs. Schneider.

 

What can parents do to prepare their children for learning?

Parents can ensure that their children are well rested, fed, and prepared to come to school every day. They can also help their children stay ahead of the game by making sure they are read to and that they also have independent reading times as well. There are so many fun computer games that help reinforce both math and reading/language arts skills that can be played during free times.

 

What are the obstacles to getting all kids to achieve?

One of the biggest obstacles I see on a regular basis in the elementary school years is getting students to school every day and on time. Our days start early for a reason.