Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Joyful Jan!

We've reached the final installment in my Phoenix profile series. 

Introducing... Jan Keese, Iowa Teacher of the Year for 2007! 

Jan is a 3rd Grade teacher with enormous passion and dedication. She is so passionate, in fact, that she received the top teacher award for her state, and had the great honour of going to the White House to receive her award from the President of the United States. (Jan's on the right.)

Jan spent the fall using our books in her classroom, and creating writing and literacy activities to accompany them. She brought stacks of writing projects from her students, and shared her results with the assembled audience. We were so impressed!

If you'd like to read about the Teacher of the Year program, go here. If you'd like to be moved by the power of an excellent teacher, check out Jan's video called "Why I Teach" here. Get out your hanky!

That wraps up my series, unless there are any audience members who'd like to send me their photos of the day. If so, I'll post them on this blog if you email them to me.

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

1 comment:

Shelley Hrdlitschka said...

Hey Debbie,
It has been fascinating to read about the symposium. I'm so glad it was a positive experience for all. Thank you for sharing.