11 Broward teachers win 2009 Excel Award
The Foundation for Excellence in Education recently announced 11 Broward County Public Schools teachers as recipients of the 2009 Excel Award, which rewards teachers whose students made the most progress in reading or math from one year to the next according to annual standardized tests. Students of these exceptional educators learned at least 1.5 times, or 50 percent, more than the average students, based on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores for the last three consecutive years.
To honor winning teachers, the Foundation for Excellence in Education hosted the Celebration of Teaching with former Governor Jeb Bush, former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings and educator and author Ron Clark, this past weekend at the Rosen Centre in Orlando.
Based on an analysis of data provided by the Florida Department of Education, the following teachers’ students made the greatest annual growth or learning gains for three consecutive years:
• Paula Magram at Coral Springs Elementary School in Math for All Students
• Ana Maria Alonzo at Cypress Bay High School in Math for Students who are Below Grade Level
• George R. Keidan at Cypress Elementary School in Math for Students Learning English
• Deanna McNaughton at Eagle Point Elementary School in Reading for Students who are Below Grade Level
• Phyllis Zuri at Falcon Cove Middle School in Reading for Students Learning English
• Candise Teolis at Imagine Charter School/Weston in Reading for Students in Charter Schools
• Sophia Sara Faridi at Indian Ridge Middle School in Reading for Students in Families with Low Income
• Laraine Greifinger at Nob Hill Elementary School in Reading for All Students and High Performing Students
• Abbie E. Klosky at Park Trails Elementary School in Reading for All Students
• Rhoda Borombozin at Pioneer Middle School in Reading for all Students and High Achieving Students
• Patricia Fritz at Tropical Elementary School in Reading for Students in Families with Low Income
The Excel Award is part of a broader initiative, Excellence in Teaching, launched by the Foundation for Excellence in Education to identify and share the secrets of successful teaching with educators and policymakers around the nation. This year, the program is awarded cash and prizes to 81 exceptional Florida educators whose students learned at least one-and-a-half times the average student in their grade and achievement level in reading or math.
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