Meet the 2016 SpringBoard Teachers of Distinction
Meet the 2016 SpringBoard Teachers of DistinctionMaria Eugenia Alcón-Heraux, Director, Communications
There is one common thread that binds the four winners of the SpringBoard Teacher of Distinction Award this year: a passion for teaching and learning.
Maria Torres-Crosby, a sixth grade Springboard English Language Arts teacher at Memorial Middle School in Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida, says teaching was her calling.
“I am humbled that I am being recognized,” said Torres-Crosby, “I am doing what I was always meant to do, and the fact that students return to visit to see me amazes me.”
The SpringBoard Teacher of Distinction award recognizes and celebrates exceptional educators for their excellence in conveying the core principles of the SpringBoard program. Through their instruction, these teachers have inspired a love for learning in their students and have become distinguished leaders in their schools.
Another one of this year’s winner, Karen Kampschmidt, who teaches sixth grade English Language Arts and leads the English Department at Highlands Middle School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, says it’s the progress she’s made with her students that fills her with pride.
“I am proud of how far I have come with the Springboard curriculum. I’ve gone from, ‘There’s no way I can teach all of this!’ and ‘This is too hard for my students!’ to ‘I’ve got this down now,’ and “Wow! Look at what they have accomplished!” explained Kampschmidt.
These teachers inspire the love of learning because they believe in the power of education. Award-recipient Julie Pennabaker, who teaches sixth grade English Language Arts, reading, and social studies at Milford Middle School in the Quakertown Community School District, Pennsylvania, says she believes in the beauty and power of language.
“I am passionate about the importance of all students experiencing and learning to appreciate, analyze, and create the art of craft of language for authentic purposes,” she explained.
Kimberlyn Slagle, sixth grade English Language Arts teacher at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana, loves SpringBoard because she can teach students how to make a concept their own, how to apply skills in various contexts, and how to use strategies to make meaning.
“What I am most proud of as a Teacher of Distinction is the process of articulating, analyzing, and reflecting on my process,” said Slagle. A teacher who loves teaching never stops learning.