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Becky Mitchell, Idaho Teacher of the Year 2018
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 18, 2017, 07:47 PM

Congratulations to Becky Mitchell, Idaho’s new Teacher of the Year!! Mrs. Mitchell is an NWPE member and teacher at Vision Charter School.  She has taught high school English and Physical Sciences at the Caldwell, ID, school for the past eight years.  Her depth of experience which spans a couple decades in the classroom includes teaching everything from Spanish to kindergartners to chemistry at the community college.

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Debra Guinn Honored as Idaho's Top Secondary CTE Teacher
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 08, 2017, 11:26 PM

Culinary Arts Instructor Debra Guinn, an NWPE member who teaches in Idaho's Nampa School District, was named Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Career Technical Educators of Idaho (CTEI).

This statewide award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle and secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.

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Congratulations to Nerissa Armstrong who receives a $500 NWPE Scholarship to attend the 2017 National Council for the Social Studies Conference in San Francisco next fall.  Ms. Armstrong is a Meridian Middle School teacher of World Civilizations in the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho.

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Congratulations to Ms. Emily Ball, 3rd and 4th grade Language Arts, Science, Social Studies teacher at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, Idaho!  She has been awarded a $500 grant to enhance her Engage New York curriculum.  She will use the funds to purchase additional books which will help her students develop their fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina skills through hands-on reading practice.

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Congratulations to Taylor Warren, 4th grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary in the Nampa School District, Nampa, Idaho, who was awarded a $500 grant from NWPE.  She will use the funds to redesign her classroom using flexible seating equipment such as stability balls, wobble cushions, stack stools, carpet squares, a classroom set of clipboards, and small storage units.

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Congratulations to Chloe Lucas, English teacher at Council Jr./Sr. High School in Idaho’s Council School District, on her $500 NWPE Classroom Grant to purchase Kindles and appealing Kindle books to expand the current resources available in the school and city libraries located in her small community.

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Recently, Mary Spiker testified in front of the Idaho Senate and the Idaho House Education Committees on the significant challenges faced by teachers in the modern kindergarten classroom.  Ms. Spiker is not only Idaho’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, but also an NWPE member.  She is involved in the Idaho Council of the International Literacy Association and the Building Level Match Coach program in Pocatello.  Read her testimony below to learn what those challenges are, what she and her colleagues did to address the challenges, and what she recommends to better meet students' needs:

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Meet the NWPE Board!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 02, 2017, 04:04 PM

Northwest Professional Educators has a new board of directors. Get acquainted with these distinguished educators who have passion for teacher choice and student achievement! 

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Congratulations to Andrea McDougall, a math and geometry teacher at Century High School in Pocatello, ID.  Ms. McDougall has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant to purchase classroom materials and equipment to advance student learning within an integrated math instruction curriculum.

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Ms. Stacey McFarland, Xavier Charter School teacher in Twin Falls ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant to purchase adaptive seating, specifically including two Kore Wobble Chairs and seven Bouncy Bands, for her second grade classroom.

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Mr. Vincent Taylor, a fitness, health, and dance teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up grant from Northwest Professional Educators to purchase equipment that can be used in all of his classes.  The additional equipment will enhance movement and create lifelong skills in all of the subject areas he teaches in grades 3-12.

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Ms. Michelle Morrison, NWPE member and kindergarten teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators.  Ms. Morrison will use the funds to purchase materials to advance learning with the Scottish Storyline Method which builds on the principle that learning, to be meaningful, has to be memorable, and that by using learners’ enthusiasm for story-making, the classroom, the teacher's role, and learning can be transformed.  Through the use of key questions, Storyline takes a topic and allows students to travel through a story as characters reacting to the incidents that are developed as the story unfolds.

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NWPE's Jason George and Students Score Awards
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 21, 2017, 07:47 PM

Congratulations to award-winning NWPE member Jason George (Presidential Award Winner in Science Education for 2016).  Mr. George who is a longtime NWPE member and advocate for teacher professionalism contributed to the state’s effort to update Idaho’s science learning standards.  He also recently led his students from Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID, to a number of awards at the Idaho Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The awards include an all-expense paid trip to the International Science Fair in Los Angeles for Mr. George and the team consisting of T.J. Herndon, Brooklyn Legg, and Luke Campbell who won first place overall competing in the category of Engineering, specifically in the area of high efficiency rocket nozzles. They won the Airforce Engineering Award, Gold in Category, Best in Category, and Best in Fair.

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Misty James, NWPE Member, on School Choice
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 25, 2017, 07:54 PM
Misty James, NWPE member, teacher, and Ed.D candidate in Caldwell, ID, pens this editorial supporting public schools and school choice.   Continue Reading...

Congratulations to NWPE member, Linda Buczynski, K-5 visual arts teacher at Sage International School of Boise.  Ms. Buczynski was awarded a $500 Teacher Scholarship on Friday, October 28, by NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller to attend and present at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference in New York City this spring.

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NWPE's Jason George Achieves Highest Science Honor
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 19, 2016, 09:53 PM
President Obama has named 213 mathematics and science teachers, including NWPE member Jason George, teacher at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID, as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Jason received his award at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on September 8.   Continue Reading...
Bradley Hansen on his charter teaching experience
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 01, 2016, 05:58 PM

NWPE member Bradley Hansen teaches at Xavier Charter School in Twin Falls, Idaho. According to its website, Xavier Charter Schools are dedicated to providing a classical, intellectually rigorous, content-rich, liberal arts education preparing students to excel in every duty and guiding them toward wisdom and virtue by implementing a classical curriculum which includes the humanities and classical sciences with music, drama, visual art, and dance as core subjects.  Mr. Hansen offers his perspective on working in a public charter school.

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Editorial: Parents Want More Choice
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 04, 2016, 05:04 PM

Idaho Education News publishes "Parents Support Charter Schools - And Want More" by Mr. Terry Ryan, CEO of Bluum and the Idaho Charter School Network. How should policy makers be responding to the clarion call of parents for more educational choices for their children?

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This week, May 2-6, NWPE recognizes a special group of public school educators who teach in the charter school arena. These dedicated teachers face unique challenges and we’re proud to recognize their efforts!  Today we feature Virginia Hammond, a high school algebra and geometry teacher at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy which was founded by Dr. Bill Proser who also serves as president of the NWPE Board of Directors.  The Academy is the top performing public high school in the state of Idaho according to the Washington Post.

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Congratulations to Ms. Gabrielle Saurette, 7th grade English language arts and ancient literature teacher at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, who has been awarded a $500 NWPE Classroom Grant.  Ms. Saurette will use the funds to purchase a technology cart and ghosted whiteboard to allow her to project hand drawn grammar diagrams, to edit student work in real time and most of all to remove comprehension barriers from students with special needs.

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