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Lisa Stover-Russell Fires Up Learning with NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 23, 2015, 01:06 AM   

The Kindles will allow Ms. Stover-Russell to download reading and math applications to differentiate instruction for students. Each Kindle will be set up with four profiles: one for reading comprehension, one for high frequency words, one for spelling, and one for mathematics. Within each profile, there will be different levels of practice based on students' individual needs. 

Despite the challenges that teachers face, Ms. Stover-Russell believes in soldiering on and keeping up with the times to best serve students:

brenda miller lisa stover russell grant award 2015Respect is built on our ability to succeed despite the challenges that face us and our ability to continue to teach students to a higher and higher level that our high tech world demands. We must change with the times. I am two generations older than the students in my first grade class and technology is not something that comes easily to me, but it is something that engages and motivates my students while practicing the skills that they need to be successful in school and in life. We as professionals need to continue to keep up with the changing times and continue to recognize that the way that we learned many years ago is sometimes not the way that today's kids learn. The way that we've always done things may not be best practice. Changing with the times, maintaining high standards for student achievement without excuses, and preparing students for college and career readiness is the way to enhance respect for our profession. 

Prior to becoming an NWPE member, Ms. Stover-Russel was a Mountain Home Education Association member for many years. When she decided to switch to NWPE for her professional support and protection, her local union representative and the state union president tried to convince her to stick with the union.  But, she didn’t budge.  “I stuck with NWPE and I have never regretted it in the slightest. I like that the dues are 1/3 the cost and I want to choose what causes or campaigns that I support rather than have someone choose for me. Some will argue about all of the wonderful things that the union has done for the teachers in our area such as the master contract, no teacher duties, etc., but I find that the union sometimes stands in the way of what is best for students. I'm proud to be an NWPE member!”

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