PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford Announce The 2012 Teacher Innovator Award Winners

  PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford Announce The 2012 Teacher Innovator
  Award Winners

   30 PreK-12 educators recognized for outstanding use of digital media to
                           enhance student learning

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- April 02, 2013

Today PBS LearningMedia, a free digital media service for classrooms, and The
Henry Ford announced the winners of the third-annual Teacher Innovator Awards.
The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize 30 PreK-12 educators from across the
country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve
students’ learning across key subject areas.

“Across the nation, educators at every level of school are embracing digital
media more than ever to engage students in the arts, math, reading, science
and social studies to inspire higher achievement and better performance,” said
Rob Lippincott, Senior Vice President, Education Strategy and Partnerships,
PBS. “PBS, our member stations and forward-thinking partners at The Henry Ford
are proud to recognize thirty outstanding educators for their innovative
approaches to advancing learning in classrooms nationwide.”

“We congratulate the thirty winners who innovatively created exemplary digital
lesson plans to ignite 21^st century learners and salute all the participating
teachers for their passion and dedication towards education,” said Paula
Gangopadhyay, Chief Learning Officer for The Henry Ford. “We look forward to
welcoming the finalists for the Innovation Immersion Workshop at The Henry
Ford this summer.”

Judges, who were previous year’s winners, selected winners from five grade
level categories (PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) and across five subject areas
(arts, math, reading, science and social studies). Winners were chosen based
on submissions of videos or written essays with supporting images that
addressed how they are using digital media to bring lessons to life in

The 2012 Teacher Innovator Award winners include:

First place

  *Kelley Beall, Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, FL, Science/PreK
  *Suzanne Bowman, MaST Community Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, Social
    Studies/Grades 6-8 (WHYY)
  *Lynn Dempsey, Lexington Elementary School, Lexington, SC, Math/Grades 3-5
    (South Carolina ETV)
  *Jennifer Lewis, Indian Knoll Elementary School, Canton, GA, Reading/Grades
    6-8 (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
  *Lynn Miller, Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Madison, MS, Arts/Grades 9-12
    (Mississippi Public Broadcasting)
  *Jeff Pribble, Escambia High School, Pensacola, FL, Science/Grades 9-12
  *Mark Rogers, Meridian School, Round Rock, TX, Math/Grades 9-12 (KLRU)
  *Lori Russell, Meadow Glen Elementary School, Lexington, SC, Reading/Grades
    K-2 (South Carolina ETV)
  *Debbie Sasson, The Epstein School, Sandy Springs, GA, Social
    Studies/Grades 6-8 (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
  *Bryan Zevotek, Carthage Middle School, Carthage, NY, Science/Grades 6-8

Second place

  *Radio Cremata, Aspira, Miami, FL, Arts/Grades 6-8 (WPBT)
  *JasonFirestein, Cleveland Humanities Magnet, Reseda, CA, Reading/Grades
    9-12 (KLCS)
  *Bonnie Lasorsa, Wareham Middle School, Wareham, MA, Math/Grades 6-8 (WGBH)
  *Tracey Maccia, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools, East
    Brunswick, NJ, Science/Grades 9-12 (NJTV)
  *Vickie Morrissey, The da Vinci Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, Arts/Grades
    3-5 (Rocky Mountain PBS)
  *James Rees, Provo High School, Provo, UT, Arts/Grades 9-12 (KBYU)
  *Erin Stanfill, Burley Elementary, Chicago, IL, Social/Grades PreK (WTTW)
  *Karen Waller, Timber Drive Elementary, Garner, NC, Social Studies/Grades
    K-2 (UNC-TV)
  *Andrew Wheelock, Erie 1 BOCES / WNYRIC, West Seneca, NY, Social
    Studies/Grades 6-8 (WNED)
  *Joshua Worthy, Sonora Elementary, Springdale, AR, Science/Grades 3-5

Third place

  *Lee Butterfield, Goldenview Middle School, Anchorage, AK, Reading/Grades
    6-8 (Alaska Public Media)
  *Emile Frey, Ruston High School, Ruston, LA, Science/Grades 9-12 (Louisiana
    Public Broadcasting)
  *Reggie Grant, Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, FL, Science/Grades 9-12
  *Ronda Hassig, Harmony Middle School, Overland Park, KS, Social/Grades 6-8
  *Andrea Hobbs, Sumter County Elementary Math, Science, and Technology
    Academy, Americus, GA, Social Studies/Grades 3-5 (Georgia Public
  *Carli McKenney, Catherine Cook School, Chicago, IL, Science/PreK (WTTW)
  *Emily Molnar, Westgate Elementary School, Falls Church, VA, Reading/Grades
    K-2 (WETA)
  *Suzanne Scotten, E.V. Cain STEM Charter Middle School, Auburn, CA,
    Reading/Grades 6-8 (KVIE)
  *Lisa Smith, Big Pinehurst School (Home School), Asheville, NC, Arts/Grades
    6-8 (UNC-TV)
  *Jaime Worrall, Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Boynton Beach, FL,
    Math/Grades 6-8 (WXEL)

In recognition of their efforts, first place winners will receive a unique
weeklong “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Fordfrom July 27 to
August 2, 2013, a free online professional development course from PBS
TeacherLine, an award plaque and a gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford.
Second place winners will receive a Promethean Acti-view Document Camera, an
award pin and a gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford. Lastly, third place
winners will receive an award pin and gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford.

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About PBS LearningMedia

As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th
grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom
lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational
Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service available to educators
nationwide. It brings together the best of public media and delivers
research-based, classroom-ready rich media experiences that engage students in
exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State
Standards. Drawing from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as NOVA,
as well as content from organizations including The National Archives
Smithsonian, NPR, and NASA, the free service offers teachers access to more
than 20,000 videos, images and articles to enrich classroom instruction.
Nationwide, more than 850,000 teachers have registered access to PBS
LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at
www.pbslearningmedia.org, or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history
destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history
and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based
on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of
ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to
learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct
attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors
annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour,
The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry
Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which
educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in
partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public
Schools. For more information please visit our websitethehenryford.org.

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