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Megan Neary, Coeur d'Alene Teacher, Awarded NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 05, 2014, 11:57 PM   

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!”

megan neary 2014Ms. Neary believes that embracing change is critical to improving the professionalism of educators.  “I believe in embracing change. Teaching isn’t about going through the motions each day. It isn’t about teaching the same lesson, the same way, year after year. It is about constantly altering our instruction to fit the changing needs of our students. It’s about researching new and better methods to put into practice and staying educated on the changes in our profession. We can all choose to see change as an enemy or an ally. I believe we should see change as an opportunity to improve the educational program we offer our students. As professionals we should strive to be open to change, especially if it is in the best interest of our students and if it enables us to prepare them to be successful citizens in a rapidly changing world. I believe incredible things happen when we are open to possibility! We should always be carefully and thoughtfully considering what is best for our students. We should recognize the value and expertise we all bring to the table and continue collaborating together to improve our instruction and practices. I am confident that in order to lead our students to becoming responsible, productive citizens, we must embrace change.”


An NWPE member, Ms. Neary appreciates having professional options.  “I joined NWPE over 5 years ago. I strongly believe teachers should have a choice in the professional organizations they belong to and I plan on continuing to be part of the NWPE for many years to come!


Congratulations again to Ms. Neary whose award is certainly well-deserved as she seeks ways to increase student achievement.  NWPE is proud to reward educators for their hard work and creativity in the classroom.


Applications for the Fall 2014 NWPE awards may be requested here.  Applications are due October 1.

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