BS in Deaf Ed at the University of Alabama and a MEd in Deaf Ed
at Georgia State University.
4 years at my present position: Resource and Self-contained Classroom
at a public elementary school
Mimosa Elementary School; Fulton County
Teacher of the Year
I was selected for teacher of the year through the
1. Nominated by a peer
2. All nominees were put on a list. All faculty and staff voted
for one person. The five people with the most votes become the finalists.
3. A committee made up of parents, teachers, and an administrator
observed and individually interviewed all 5 people. They chose a
4. To apply for Fulton County Teacher of the Year, I had to complete
an application with 7 essay questions. These were read by a panel.
Three elementary, three middle school, and three high school teachers
were chosen as finalists. I was one of the elementary finalists.
5. A panel observed us and interviewed us. A winner was chosen at
each level. I was not chosen, but I was honored to get as far as
I did. My school gave me a plaque last year at the Awards Ceremony
(which is mainly for students). The county hosted a luncheon and
gave us flowers, a plaque, and a bag inscripted with Teacher of
the Year. It was a very nice ceremony.
Lisa just found out that she was chosen to receive
the 2000 Teacher of the Year Award from the Wal-Mart Foundation.
This is part of the Sam Walton Community Leader Awards. In addition
to the recognition, she will receive $500 to spend in her classroom.
I am married to my wonderful husband Steve. We do not have
any children yet, but we have 2 precious pugs Sadie and Baby.
They definitely think they are our children.
Best Teaching Day:
My best teaching day has nothing to do with teaching. It
occurred when a student confided in me which gave me the opportunity
to mentor and encourage. Just a reminder that teaching is
more than reading and math. Worst Teaching Day: My worst teaching
day occurred when one of my students moved away. This child
was so precious to me. I had taught him for three straight
years. When he came to me at five years old, he had no language.
Because I was the first person to provide this child with
language and one of the few people he could communicate with,
we formed a special bond. I cried and cried when he left.
We have written each other a couple of times this year. I
really appreciate his present teacher helping us stay in touch.
Favorite Instructional CD(s):
1) Animated First Thousand Words published by Usborne
2) Earobics published by Cognitive Concepts, Inc.
- Helps you make different kinds of word puzzles http://www.eric-carle.com/catexchange.html
- Lists ideas submitted by teachers to use with Eric Carle's books
What I like best about teaching is:
Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of children.
What I like least about teaching is:
Words of wisdom about teaching deaf/hard of hearing kids:
As a new teacher, I would get frustrated when my students did not
know something I thought they should know or were having trouble
grasping a new concept. Then I realized that they are not supposed
to understand it all. That is why they were in my class. This realization
has helped me keep perspective.
Also, as a teacher in a public elementary school, it is important
to me that my students are accepted and included by their hearing
peers. I have found several ways to promote the integration of my
students. If you have used additional ways, please let me know what
they are. - order sign language books, books involving a deaf or
hard of hearing character, books about hearing aids, etc. for the
school library - offer a sign language class to faculty and staff
for SDU credit - start a Sign Language Club for interested students
before or after school - when possible, spend a few minutes per
day such as during homeroom teaching sign language to the mainstream
class - plan activities during Exceptional Children's Week in March
or Deaf Awareness Month in May - give out sign language book marks
- put posters around the school - have incentives for classes to
learn to spell their name in sign language or the alphabet in sign
language - provide a sign language video tape for teachers to show
in their classroom such as Sign Me a Story starring Linda Bove (published
by Random House).