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West Ada NWPE Members Win Grant Awards
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 25, 2015, 10:52 PM   

sarah holloway brenda miller 2015Sarah Holloway, a 10th-11th grade U.S. Government and History teacher at Renaissance High School, will use her grant to enhance her American Government curriculum with videos, books, newspaper subscriptions, and posters.

Prior to teaching, Ms. Holloway served the County Sheriff Reserve in Perryville, AR, was Health & Safety Coordinator, Auxiliary Security Force and Personnel for the U.S. Navy.  A proponent of service and civic engagement, she believes it is important for her students to explore arguments related to political issues from multiple political viewpoints.  She is inspired by the look of "ah-ha" on her students’ faces and wants to make sure that when they come to class they learn something new and also laugh.

Sarah appreciates her membership in NWPE.  "I am a memeber of NWPE because I do not believe that unions should have control for only those who they represent. I love the benefits and instant actions taken by NWPE and love that when I call them they know who I am. I am a name...not a number." 

robin stewart brenda millerRobin Stewart, an 8th grade physical science teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School, is a former special education teacher with a passion for science.  She plans to purchase Mythbuster DVDs which use the scientific method to prove or disprove common understandings of physical events as well as stopwatches and meter sticks which are critical measurement tools necessary to perform scientific investigations. She believes that the professionalism of educators will be raised if teachers continue to focus on educating themselves on how teachers can better help children learn.

Robin first joined NWPE for our comprehensive liability insurance policy.  But our other services have kept her a happy member as well.  "NWPE’s core values align with my own.  As an educator, my first duty is to my students. It is always good to have choices.  Joining a professional organization over a union benefits teachers because unions may have other political intentions, other than our student’s best interest at heart."

Setting up a new classroom can be expensive and frustrating for the teacher.  Northwest Professional Educators is happy to provide New Classroom Start-Up grants to support educators like Ms. Holloway and Ms. Stewart who want to provide the best educational program possible.  Congratulations to both teachers!

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