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School Board honors staff, hears presentation from first year teachers

School board pic school board 2By CALVIN PYNN



The Pulaski County School Board started off their monthly meeting Thursday night by honoring one employee and two teachers for their achievements over the past couple months.

David Morton, the head custodian for Snowville Elementary School, received the employee of the month award for September. Quoting the person who nominated Morton, Superintendent Thomas Brewster presented Morton with the award, specifying the qualities for which he was nominated.

“Each morning, he greets the staff, students, and parents with a smile,” said Brewster. “He is willing to help in any way he can, and he is a positive role model for our students.”

Brewster also presented the Teacher of the Month Awards for October and November, which went to Angela Arnold and Jennifer Ratcliff, respectively.

Arnold teaches fourth grade at Snowville Elementary, while Ratcliff teaches preschool at Critzer Elementary. Both teachers were recognized for their enthusiasm and engagement in their classrooms.

Arnold and Ratcliff are included in a pool of nine other candidates for the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award.

For the meeting’s instructional focus, the board heard a presentation from Pulaski High School’s first year Algebra I teachers. The presentation included the teacher’s new approaches to successfully teaching the subject, as each young instructor explained the presentations components one by one.

Those approaches included changes in lesson structure, assessments and technology used in the classroom, among others. The teachers detailed the incorporation of daily remediation time during class, before and after school tutoring, and new technology such as Netbooks and Macbooks for the students to use.

Overall, the collaborative efforts of those first year teachers were met with positive reception.

“Yes! That’s what we needed,” said board member Linda Hill. “Getting together, collaborating, and working together with those students and their remediation; it tickles me to death to hear that you’ve helped move them to higher levels of education.”

Other items covered during the meeting included a review of the PCHS course catalog, field trip requests, and a discussion regarding the uniform policy for the employees Pulaski County Public Schools.