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Katy, TX News – Fund for Teachers Announces Houston 2014 Fellows

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) – ?This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will participate in the Fund for Teachers Fellows program, traveling to destinations like London, Spain, France, and Costa Rica to embark on self-designed learning experiences that they will bring home to Katy ISD classrooms. A total of eight Katy ISD teachers have been selected among only 46 in the Greater-Houston area for the grant program.?

This year’s Fund for Teachers 2014 Fellows are:

  • Stephanie Aromy and Charlotte Cook, Kilpatrick Elementary – Aromy and Cook will explore locations from Paris to the Seine Valley that inspired renowned Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cezanne, and Pissarro, to guide students’ discovery of the artists within themselves.
  • Mary Batycki, Stephanie Cantu, Jennifer Chapman, and Leigh Ann Sublette, Alexander Elementary – This group will participate in the Teachers College Summer Reading Program at Columbia University in New York City to develop the Readers’ Workshop model school-wide and train colleagues and parents for maximum student achievement.
  • Nancy Bradley and Kristen Brennan, Exley Elementary – Bradley will participate in the Teachers College Summer Writing Institute at Columbia University in New York City to train two elementary school staffs in the implementation of a writing workshop model that creates 21st century writers.
  • Carla Otero, Cimarron Elementary – Otero will observe Picasso’s Cubist masterpieces in the most important museums of modern art in New York, Paris, London, Spain, and France to inform students’ perception of the human figure as a conglomeration of shapes and guide their drawings away from stick figures to more realistic replicas.
  • Mandy Burks, Katy McAteer, and Kenric Lopez, McDonald Junior High – This group will participate in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute to experience American History in a first-person setting, acquire authentic resources, and better understand the learning processes/goals set for students.
  • Karen Lewis, McMeans Junior High – Lewis will evaluate second-language instructional methods from a learner’s perspective at the Centro de Panamericano Idiomas in Costa Rica to broaden cultural awareness and deepen relationships with immigrant students and their families.
  • Jo-chin Hsu, Seven Lakes High School – Hsu will research traditional and contemporary art/culture in China and Taiwan to enhance curriculum for the largest AP Chinese class in the district.

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities. For more information, visit fundforteachers.org.

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