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Congratulations to NWPE members Darlene Frates and Beth Brubaker at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy who led their students to capture seven of 11 awards at the Idaho TECH Mars Rover Challenge held at the University of Idaho on May 2!  Student teams from grades 4-6 competed in the science and engineering design competition by building a Mars Rover using a LEGO kit provided by the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium.  The Consortium sponsored the event. Each rover went through a number of design challenges including: Hill climb, blind driving, speed test and rock collection. The 27  student teams also gave presentations explaining their design process.    

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Congratulations to Donna Sulfridge, NWPE member in the Mountain Home School District.  Nominated by Northwest Professional Educators, the Idaho State Board of Education appointed Donna to represent the elementary classroom position on the Idaho Professional Standards Commission (PSC) at their June 18-19 board meeting.

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Congratulations to NWPE member, Bradley Veile, a teacher at Lakeside High School in Plummer, ID.  Brad is participating in the twelve day Memorial Library Summer Seminar in New York City from June 21 – July 2, 2014.  Brad is one of 24 teachers from across the nation chosen to participate in the seminar through a competitive, national application process.  The focus of this year’s seminar is Holocaust Education, a topic with which Brad has been involved since 1991.

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The teachers and students of the tiny farming community of Waterville, WA (its mascot, the Shocker, is a shock of wheat), are truly focused on educating the whole person—not just focusing on academics in order to raise test scores.  As a result, they could very well be raising scores higher than a pure academic focus alone could accomplish.

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Congratulations to Xavier Charter School's  teachers and students on taking first place in the state competition of the U.S. Academic Decathlon held in Boise, ID, in March.  The United States Academic Decathlon is a national organization that has been around for more than 40 years.  Its mission is to promote learning and academic excellence among students of varying achievement levels by developing and providing multidisciplinary academic competitions.  Students compete in ten events.

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Congratulations to NWPE member Jean Robinson, Earth Science teacher at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, and her middle school ExploraVision team!  Jean led her middle school students to win the Region 6 competition of the 2014 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program, the world's largest K-12 science competition.  The students' project could lead to a potential scientific and medical breakthrough for the treatment of migraine headaches.

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Congratulations to Ms. Megan Neary, a 4th grade teacher at Skyway Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Ms. Neary has been awarded a $400 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) to purchase hands on math materials to aid in the teaching of fractions which are receiving greater emphasis under the Idaho Common Core Standards.  The materials will help students work with fractions and understand them at a concrete level, according to Ms. Neary.  “Our state standards last year did not address fraction concepts to such a deep level of understanding so the information we are teaching is very new to our grade level. I have found that my students enjoy working with hands on materials and I feel this would help them master these concepts in a fun, meaningful way!”

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Nicole Latsch, Aberdeen, ID, Awarded NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 01, 2014, 04:52 AM

Congratulations to Ms. Nicole Latsch, 5th grade teacher at Aberdeen Elementary School, Aberdeen, ID, on being awarded a $330 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association. The award will fund the purchase the Rosetta Stone Spanish program to help teachers learn Spanish in order to communicate more effectively with parents and enhance student achievement in a district in which approximately 50% of the students are Hispanic with the majority of their parents having limited English.

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Congratulations to Mr. Aaron Ritter, principal of iSucceed Virtual High School, in Boise, ID.  Mr. Ritter has been awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association. Ms. Leah Guelker, NWPE representative, presented the grant at a staff luncheon sponsored by NWPE.

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Congratulations to Ms. Stephanie Rice, a K-12 English/Language Arts teacher at Council Jr-Sr High School in Council, ID, on her $500 Classroom Grant award from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association. Ms. Leah Guelker, NWPE representative, presented the grant at a staff gathering. The award will fund Ms. Rice’s purchase of e-books for her classroom’s Kindle e-readers expanding the reading choices available to her students.

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Vallivue Math Teacher Wins Scholarship
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 29, 2014, 03:25 AM

Congratulations to Mr. Chris Best, an NWPE member and math teacher at Vallivue High School in Caldwell, ID.  Mr. Best was awarded a $300 scholarship from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) by Ms. Leah Guelker, NWPE representative, at an April 8 staff meeting.  Mr. Best will utilize the funds to attend the Foundation for Teaching Economics Institute on Environment and Economics this summer.  According to Mr. Best, “Many students are interested in environmental issues. This Institute will provide me with an array of issues to use with my AP Statistics students as well as my Geometry students and provide me with classroom activities that I can tailor to my students needs.”

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Congratulations to NWPE member Jeffrey Wehr and his Advanced STEM Research Laboratory students at Odessa High School, Odessa, WA!  They continue to win prestigious awards for their exciting and promising research!

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Jeff Crapper Awarded NWPE New Classroom Start Up Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 28, 2014, 12:55 AM

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Crapper, an NWPE member and science teacher at Five Oaks Middle School in Beaverton, OR. 

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Bob McMichael Awarded NWPE New Classroom Start Up Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 27, 2014, 10:49 PM

Congratulations to Mr. Bob McMichael, a 7-12th grade language arts teacher at Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School in Cambridge, ID.   A new member of Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), Mr. McMichael was awarded a $250 NWPE New Classroom Start-Up Grant on February 26, 2014 by Ms. Leah Guelker, an NWPE representative.

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Congratulations to Crystal Davidson, a middle school science teacher at Heritage Community Charter School in Caldwell, ID!  A member of Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), Crystal was awarded a $250 NWPE New Classroom Start-Up Grant on February 10, 2014 by Cherri Sabala, NWPE Board Member.

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Congratulations to Helen Sauer, a K-7 special education teacher at Heritage Academy in Jerome, ID, who has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the Northwest’s only non-union professional teacher association. Cherri Sabala, NWPE Board Member, presented the grant award which will fund purchase of special education curriculum for reading, written language, and math so that Ms. Sauer can assist students according their ability levels.

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NWPE Member Leads in Waterville
posted by: Ruthie | February 12, 2014, 05:41 PM

 

NWPE member Justin Grillo is quite the leader!  Justin was instrumental in bringing the "The Leader In Me" program, based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to his small rural school district in Waterville, WA.

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North Idaho STEM to expand
posted by: Ruthie | January 31, 2014, 05:21 PM

Congratulations to North Idaho STEM Charter Academy founders and NWPE members, Scott and Colleen Thomson, whose school has been approved to expand from K-8 to high school grades.  A grand prize winner of the ID21 Award, the school received a $50,000 grant for its innovative learning style by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.  The school is featured in this winner’s video.

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Rachel Rojas Wins $500 Teacher Scholarship
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 06, 2014, 09:31 PM

Congratulations to Ms. Rachel Rojas, a high school art teacher at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID.  Ms. Rojas has been awarded a $500 scholarship from Northwest Professional Educators to attend the National Art Education Association Conference this March in San Diego. The grant was presented at a staff meeting by NWPE representative, Ms. Leah Guelker.

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NWPE Congratulates Katie Graupman, 2013 Milken Educator
posted by: Ruthie | January 06, 2014, 06:46 PM

Congratulations to Katie Graupman, an English teacher at Timberlake High School, in Lakeland School District, Rathdrum, ID, who was awarded the 2013 Milken Educator Award for the state of Idaho.

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