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Helen Sauer, Heritage Academy, Jerome, ID, Wins Classroom Start-Up Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 19, 2014, 09:02 PM   

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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Cherri Sabala, NWPE (L), Helen Sauer (R)

Northwest Professional Educators is happy to provide Ms. Sauer with this New Classroom Start-Up Grant to enhance student learning.  A longtime special education teacher, Helen had retired at the end of the 2011- 2012 school year and hadn’t planned on returning to teaching.  But when she heard of the opportunity at Heritage Academy, a new charter school, she felt she was the right person for the job.  Special education has captured her heart and soul.  She believes that no matter how significant a child’s disability may be, there is a way to reach that child.  She enjoys the challenge of making Heritage Academy a first rate special education program and school.

This is Helen’s first year as a member of NWPE.  She enjoys the benefits of belonging to a professional organization.  Until NWPE came along, she said there was no other organization to join except for the teachers union to which she belonged for a few years.  She likes having a professional choice and believes that the professionalism of educators will be advanced if they respect each other, educate the students they are assigned, and are proactive at finding solutions. She believes professionalism starts with the educators who consider the way they dress, what they communicate about their jobs, the extra duties they take on, how they treat their colleagues, etc.

NWPE awards teacher scholarships and classroom grants up to $500 and $250 new classroom start-up grants. All educators are eligible for the awards although NWPE members receive first preference.  The next application deadline is March 1, 2014. See more at

Congratulations again to Ms. Sauer again on her grant.  Her award is well-deserved as she seeks ways to increase student achievement through hard work and creativity.

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