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In 2002, the Education Foundation presented these awards to recognize and reward best practices in the teaching of math and science in our middle schools. Fifteen teachers who exemplify innovative teaching and best practices in their classrooms were each awarded $1000. In addition, one teacher received a $10,000 stipend to document, further develop and package her teaching practices so that they can be disseminated across the state.

Joann Blum, the 2002 winner of the Above and Beyond $10,000 stipend, is a seventh and eighth grade science at the Thomas Prince School in Princeton. A nationally recognized teacher, who for the last 10 years has been selected by National Honor Society inductees as the teacher "who is making the most significant impact" in her school career. In 2001 she received the Christa MacAuliffe Fellowship award. Recently Joann teamed up with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to develop The Princeton Nature Trail project, which includes a nature trail, a natural history identification field guide, radio tracking of turtles, and geographic information systems. Four years ago transmitters were placed on three spotted turtles, and students tracked their movements. Information they gathered has been forwarded to the State Department of Environmental Management. Joann plans to use her $1,000 award to purchase an updated receiver to continue tracking of the turtles, two GPS units for her school, and a Saturday Turtle Camp for interested students to get a more accurate count of our spotted turtle population. With the $10,000 stipend, she will develop a field guide to nature trails, and will create a CD and booklet about nature trails that can be used in urban as well as rural areas.

Gina Andrade--a sixth grade math and science teacher at the Morse Pond School in Falmouth. Gina regularly uses innovative technology in her classroom and for the unique projects that she has created including: a student investigation of the properties of water; the causes and effects of oil spills in our environment; and an archaeological dig in which students discover fossils, then map and graph their findings.

Kenneth Duffy--an eighth grade science teacher at the Parker Middle School in Chelmsford. Ken has discovered many ways to integrate technology into the science curriculum for his students. His involvement with EarthKAM (EARTH Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) which is a joint venture with Mitre Corporation and TERC, the Technical Education Research Center, exemplifies ways in which the use of technology can enhance the curriculum and promote student learning.

Fred Erickson--an eighth-grade math teacher at the Searles Middle School in Great Barrington. Fred's two primary goals are to encourage students to think at a higher level and to teach them to be responsible for their own learning. He tries to convey a sense of excitement with a sequence of math essays that revolve around the character "Klyde the Ape." Jane Furey, Searles principal, says Erickson is "our MVP in the classroom."

Cathy Graham--a seventh grade math and science at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans. Her principal Paul Niles wrote of her "outstanding ability to design math lessons that transform the teaching of key curricular concepts into 'learning events'. Among the projects her class undertakes are the planning of a turkey dinner for 20 at Thanksgiving. This is a multi-disciplinary hands-on activity involving planning amounts from cookbook quantities, costing, working in groups, spreadsheet use for analysis, (and hopefully eating good food); In her "Build a Home" project, students address the geometry, number sense and measurement frameworks by drafting a blueprint of their house, choosing a building site, calculating the cost of the home and trying to sell the home at a profit.

John King--6th, 7th and 8th grade science teacher at the Edith N. Rogers Middle School in Lowell. To help students understand the impact the human race is having on the environment, King created Project Splash, which teaches the fundamentals of managing an aquaculture system. With National Science Foundation funds, his school purchased a mini fish farm, which will be used to raise species of fish native to New England. Eventually, Project Splash will be an after-school program and will be integrated throughout the school.

Charles Lindgren--an eighth grade science teacher at the Gates Intermediate School in Scituate. He says that learning is best achieved when students believe the material they're working with is real. For example, the class uses actual images of the sun, monitoring the changes in sunrise and sunset times in 60-plus cities and plotting the location of the rising or setting sun from autumnal to vernal equinox in Scituate. The web site he developed, "WeatherGate" is an award winning interactive muiltimedia Internet project.

Diane Mason--a sixth grade science teacher at the JFK Middle School in Hudson. For her, technology is at the core of the educational experience. She is involved with the Intel Teach to the Future program and is a teacher leader in the district's Critical Math and Science Synergy NSF grant project. Last summer Mason developed a Web Quest to be used with the sixth-grade Planetary Science Unit. The program features simulations, data tracking and organizing that allow students to experience the work of real scientists.

Charity Cochran-Murphy--a sixth grade science teacher at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Boston. Charity incorporates social studies, writing and research skills, math, art and physical education into her science lessons. She holds an Invention Fair each year, giving students an opportunity to apply their creativity to what they have learned. Through Murphy's work, students who formerly shunned science are "rediscovering" the subject.

Diane Perito--a seventh grade science teacher at the Beebe School in Malden. Diane spent more than 10 years as a research scientist before becoming a teacher. The magnet theme for the Beebe School is "Environmental and Health Sciences", and she uses the local environment as a vital tool for teaching these subjects. Students test tap water from home, pond water, river water and ocean water. They take walking field trips as well as other trips aboard Envirolab, in Boston Harbor, using these sites as outdoor classrooms.

Warren Phillips--seventh grade science teacher, Plymouth Community Intermediate School, in Plymouth. Throughout the year, Warren keeps his seventh-grade students involved with real-world experimentation by organizing units such as a pond study, a geological field trip to the Blue Hills, a seashore project with a field trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a whale watch, and several gardening experiments using Gro-Lab.

Dr. Mette Schwartz--a seventh grade science teacher at Memorial Middle School in Beverly. Prior to teaching she worked for several years as an environmental regulator for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She is committed to developing and implementing a Green Schools program within the Beverly Public School system. She is currently developing hands-on materials for the school that will educate students and teachers about green schools and renewable energy topics.

Deirdre Scott--an eighth grade science teacher at the Fairview Veterans Memorial Middle School in Chicopee. Many of the projects in Scott's classroom are interdisciplinary. For one six-week project combining math and science, her students design and build a scale model of a nine-hole golf course. For a geology study, they take a Virtual Field Trip in which they visit national parks around the country to locate and describe specific rock types and geological features.

Myriam Ulloa-Skolnic--a sixth grade science teacher at the Magnet Middle School for the Arts in Holyoke. Ever conscious of the difficulties many of her students have to live with on a daily basis - poverty and special learning needs to name just two, she strives to motivate the students to see the numerous connections between science and math and their lives. Last summer, she became a NASA teacher. She has established a collaboration with the agency's "Living with a Star" educational initiative. Eventually, she hopes to include parents in related enrichment activities, such as field trips and star watches.

Erica Voolich--a seventh grade math teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton. She has been described as "passionate about teaching math, " and wants her students to become passionate about math too. To grab her students' attention and keep them excited, Voolich uses real-life connections such as decoding barcodes, and reading stories that give the historical context about the people involved as well as the ideas that they developed.

2001 Award Winners

Kathy Downey, Unified Media Specialist, James F. Sullivan Middle School, Lowell

Diane Gilbert, English as a Second Language Teacher, Worcester Arts Magnet School

James E. Millette, Jr., Video and Telecommunications Specialist, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School

Kelly Rogers, Teacher, Grade 5, C.A. Farley Elementary, Hudson

Kathleen Schrock, District Technology Department Head, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District

2000 Award Winners

Laraine Hawkins, Teacher, Franklin High School

Su. Henry, Teacher, Merriam School, Acton

Judith MacPherson, Teacher, Williams Elementary School, Pittsfield

Amy Castle Moon & Trisha McIsaac, Teachers, Hosmer Elementary School, Watertown

Jon "Jack" Reyes, Volunteer, Holbrook Public Schools

1999 Award Winners

Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of Schools, Hudson Public Schools

Kathleen Dario, Volunteer, Huckleberry Hill School, Lynnfield

Maureen Henzel, Teacher, Hunnewell School, Wellesley

Jeannine Trigilio, Vice Principal and Teacher, West Memorial School,

John Werner & Arnold Haan, Teacher & Volunteer, Citizen Schools/Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Dorchester

1998 Award Winners

Albert Baggetta, English Teacher, Agawam High School

Nancy Ferguson, Teacher, Angier School, Newton

Eva Gibavic, Learning Disabilities and Technology Specialist, Hampshire Educational Collaborative, Northampton

Viriato Goncalves, Teacher, Dearborn Middle School, Boston

Kathy Lind, Teacher, Burbank School, Belmont

Kathy Moss, Parent Volunteer, Rockport Elementary School

Leticia Pagan, Teacher, Bilingual Education, Collins Middle School, Salem

Scott Salvidio, Digital Equipment Corporation, Volunteer, Shrewsbury Public Schools

Michael Youmans, Teacher, Maimondes School, Brookline

Susan Zellmann-Rohrer, Parent Volunteer, Thoreau School, Concord

Special Achievement Awards

In addition to the Above and Beyond Awards, several Special Achievement Awards have been presented to outstanding public officials who have made particularly significant contributions in the effort to advance the use of technology in Massachusetts schools.

In addition, several Special Achievement Awards have been presented to outstanding public officials who have made particularly significant contributions in the effort to advance the use of technology in Massachusetts schools.

Jack Rennie, founder of Pacer Systems (now AverStar) and cofounder of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education - 2001, Awarded posthumously.

Beth Lowd, Coordinator, Business and Education for Schools and Technology (BEST) -- 2000

Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. Senator -- 1999

Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston -- October 1998

Steven Miller, Executive Director, Mass Networks Partnership, Inc. -- January 1998


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