• FSU college member named Kenneth P. Kidd Arithmetic Educator of the Yr

    FSU college member named Kenneth P. Kidd Arithmetic Educator of the Yr

    FSU college member named Kenneth P. Kidd Arithmetic Educator of the Yr
    The Florida Council of Academics of Arithmetic (FCTM) named Robert Schoen, an affiliate professor on the Studying Techniques Institute (LSI), the Kenneth P. Kidd Arithmetic Educator of the Yr.

    A Florida State College college member is being acknowledged for his analysis to enhance arithmetic schooling for elementary and secondary faculty college students.

    The Florida Council of Academics of Arithmetic (FCTM) named Robert Schoen, an affiliate professor on the Studying Techniques Institute (LSI), the Kenneth P. Kidd Arithmetic Educator of the Yr. The award was established in 1976 to acknowledge excellent contributions to arithmetic schooling.

    “It is a well-deserved award,” stated LSI Director Rabieh Razzouk. “Dr. Schoen has made main contributions to elementary math and secondary statistics schooling in Florida. His work on Cognitive Guided Instruction and different tasks have straight impacted 1000’s of academics and their college students. We’re happy with his achievements and grateful to FCTM for contemplating and presenting him with this award.”

    Schoen is affiliate director of LSI’s Florida Heart for Analysis in STEM (FCR–STEM) and an affiliate professor in Arithmetic Schooling at Florida State. His analysis expertise contains the event of instructional and psychological measurements, in-depth research of pupil mathematical considering, mathematical schooling of academics, and rigorous analysis of the effectiveness of instructional interventions.

    “I’ve an excellent respect for FCTM, and I really feel deeply honored to obtain this award,” Schoen stated. “My group and I work so exhausting to assist enhance instructing and studying whereas growing the scientific rigor of schooling analysis. It feels nice to be acknowledged by arithmetic academics for the affect that we’re having on their work.”

    The award was introduced at FCTM’s 69th Annual Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, attended by a whole lot of math schooling professionals. Schoen is the primary Tallahassee-based educator to win the award since 1994 and simply the third ever from Tallahassee to be so honored.

    LSI at Florida State College is on the forefront of growing modern options that bridge idea and apply in schooling. For over 50 years, LSI has delivered methods that measurably enhance the educational and efficiency of organizations and people in Florida and globally. Our specialists’ superior analysis offers state-of-the-art strategies and a transparent path for implementation.

  • Millennium educator wins national award | News
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    Millennium educator wins national award | News

    Millennium High School’s David Wirth has been named the 2021 National Physics Teacher of the Year.

    The award, presented by PhysTEC, an association of institutions dedicated to improving and promoting K-12 physics and physical science teacher education, referred to Wirth’s classroom and teaching abilities as “inspirational.”

    “I was nominated for the award by professors from Arizona State University, and I won the Local Teacher of the Year award,” Wirth said.

    “I was excited about that, but then I realized that I won the National Teacher Award. I was both shocked and humbled. I know some great physics teachers, and to be even considered at that same level is an honor.”

    A 29-year teacher, Wirth advocates for science at Millennium, as he started a Science Olympiad club on campus to provide further opportunities with STEM. Wirth also challenges his students to build applicable Science Olympiad projects in class and then compete at the state level. 

    Wirth has been a teacher at Millennium for about 20 years and said the community feeling on campus is unmatched. 

    “I really enjoy the people,” he said. “The community has some pretty amazing families, and they send some fantastic students to our high school. The kids we get are well-rounded, respectful and they have a desire to learn, and working with those kids is amazing.”

    Wirth has played a major role in the development and growth of the physics department at Millennium, according to Principal Todd Stevens.

    “Mr. Wirth’s passion for physics is contagious. His innovative teaching methods have inspired students to explore math and science,” Stevens said. “Mr. Wirth brings excitement to our campus. He has provided numerous STEAM opportunities for students with the Science Olympiad Club, Physics Bowl and Physics Photo Contest. His efforts are definitely guiding our students to study science in college and pursue it as a career path.”

    Wirth has earned more than $50,000 in grants for classroom equipment, all to instill a passion for science in his students. 

    It’s safe to say he was successful in doing so, as Wirth’s physics enrollment has quadrupled, and Wirth said he can see his students’ confidence with the material and themselves skyrocket.

    “I use the modeling methods. It was developed at ASU, and the idea is you just don’t give students a formula itself,” Wirth said. “The modeling method has students develop the formulas or models themselves. So, the students will perform a lab, they’ll collect data, analyze the data and develop models, then use the models to solve problems. It develops a much deeper level of learning.”

    Outside of Millennium’s campus, aside from prioritizing his wife, two children and two grandchildren, Wirth is passionate about physics and physics education.  

    Wirth co-founded STEMCon, an annual districtwide expo that drew nearly 1,000 students to explore science and math in 2020. He also participated in the “I am a Scientist” campaign to provide his students with role models in the science field. 

    He is working with Jeff Andretti on writing curriculum materials for a new middle school STEM program that integrates modeling techniques. The program will go national later this year. 

    While Wirth is proud of the award and recognition, he said he plans to continue his work to build a platform for students to discover a better understanding and passion for physics. 

    “It’s a fun job, a lot of satisfaction, not just physics but teaching students how to think. It’s satisfying helping the students to better understand the world around them, and that nature has some really cool relationships that are really fun to understand,” Wirth said. 

    “Just challenge the students, get them to think and get them to go to a higher level and realize that their learning can be fun. It’s not just about a grade. It’s about learning something new and challenging yourself.” 

  • Passion for teaching drives Wallingford educator, author, entrepreneur
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    Passion for teaching drives Wallingford educator, author, entrepreneur

    WALLINGFORD — Teaching English abroad in Japan, as well as her own experience growing up in a Colombian household, have helped shape a local entrepreneur and bilingual author’s outlook on education. 

    “After I went to grad school and did my student teaching, education was my passion, and living in Japan I learned a lot of their teaching styles, their way of education, not just academics,” said Camila Gabriel, owner of Crest Educational, a private tutoring academy at 476 N. Colony St.

    While in Japan, the way students incorporated mind and body into their learning stood out. Gabriel wanted to be able to do something similar when she began her business in Wallingford.

    “I really was inspired by their ways of trying to get to the whole child, not just one aspect,” Gabriel said. “That was when I realized there are a lot of things in our school system that hold teachers back from fully being creative in the classroom, and I realized that was not for me and I wanted to work one on one with the kids.”

    Prior to opening her business, Gabrielle received a master’s degree in elementary education from Quinnipiac University. After returning from Japan, she immediately began her tutoring business, previously known as Knee High Academy. 

    Gabriel and her staff focus a lot of their teaching strategies on the needs and interests and goals of the family, she said.

    Bilingual book series

    While working in Japan, she also noticed a difference in teaching literacy. She decided to make her own interactive bilingual books in Spanish and English, known as the Ben-Ventures series.

    “While I was in Japan, I tried to get material to teach English and a lot of the material we have for early readers that are sight word-based is very cut and dry, they don’t have a lot of plot or message,” she said. “I decided to write a series that was very sight word-based but it was interesting. It had a plot, message, and theme. Each book has a different lesson that can be taught or learned.”

    Gabriel was only 6 when her family came to the United States from Colombia. They moved to Wallingford, where she continues to live, when Gabriel was 10.

    She encourages families in Latino households to continue raising their children bilingually. 

    “I think it gives them so many opportunities and opens lots of doors for kids if they have a full grasp of English and Spanish, or really any language,” she said. 

    Gabriel also added activities to the books and corresponding worksheets that teachers can do with the students. 

    The increasing number of bilingual children’s books is exciting, said Cari Hamad, head of the children’s department at Wallingford Public Library.

    “I think more than ever bilingual books are extremely important and we have a great Latinx population. It is important, and having books that are accessible to them is great,” Hamad said.  

    Gabriel would like to continue working in education and is in the process of getting her own personal training certification with a focus on youth development and growth so she can incorporate fitness into academic lessons.

     For more information on her tutoring services visit cresteducational.com or contact (203) 678-0418. 

    [email protected]: @jarelizz

    WALLINGFORD – Camila Gabriel tenía solo 6 años cuando vino a los Estados Unidos de Colombia. Se mudó con su familia a Wallingford cuando tenía 10 años, y continúa viviendo en Wallingford, luego de una jornada que la llevó a ser propietaria de una empresa y autora de libros bilingües para niños. 

    Gabriel recuerda las experiencias en su vida que la llevaron a ser propietaria de su academia de tutoría en Wallingford conocida como Crest Educational. Ella recuerda el momento específico cuando se mudó a Japón, donde le enseñaba inglés a estudiantes de kinder. Mientras estaba en Japón, le resaltó la manera en la cual los estudiantes incorporan la mente y el cuerpo en su aprendizaje. Ella quiso hacer algo similar cuando abrió su empresa.

    Antes de abrir su empresa, Gabriel recibió su maestría de Quinnipiac University, donde estudió Educación Elemental. Después de regresar de Japón, comenzó su empresa de tutoría inmediatamente, anteriormente conocida como Knee High Academy.

    “Después que fui a la escuela de posgrado e hice mis estudios practicantes, la educación se convirtió en mi pasión, y mientras vivía en Japón, aprendí muchas de sus técnicas de educación. Su manera de educar, no solo académicamente. Fui inspirada por su manera de instruir al niño en su totalidad, no sólo en un aspecto,” ella dijo. “Allí me di cuenta que hay muchas cosas en nuestro sistema educativo que impiden la creatividad total de los maestros en su salón. Me di cuenta que eso no era para mi y que quería trabajar personalmente con los niños.”

    Gabriel enfoca muchas de sus estrategias en las necesidades, intereses y metas de la familia, diseñadas específicamente para su estilo.

    Mientras trabajaba en Japón, también notó una diferencia en la enseñanza de la alfabetización. Ella decidió crear sus propios libros bilingües, interactivos en español e inglés, conocidos como la serie Ben-Ventures.

    “Cuando estaba en Japón, traté de conseguir material para enseñar inglés y muchos de los materiales que tenemos para los lectores principiantes que son basados en palabras, que se reconocen a simple vista son muy simples, no tienen muchas tramas ni mensajes, así que decidí escribir una serie basada en palabras que se reconozcan a simple vista pero que sean interesantes. Tenían una trama, un mensaje y un tema. Cada libro tiene una lección diferente que se puede enseñar y aprender,” ella dijo.

    Gabriel también le añadió actividades a los libros y hojas de ejercicios que las maestras pueden usar con los estudiantes.

    “Pienso que ahora más que nunca, los libros bilingües son sumamente importantes y tenemos una población Latinx grande. Es importante, y el tener libros que son fácilmente accesibles para ellos es muy bueno,” dijo Cari Hamad, la Directora del Departamento de Niños en la Biblioteca Pública de Wallingford.

    Gabriel quiere seguir trabajando en educación pero está en el proceso de recibir su certificación en entrenamiento personal con enfoque en el desarrollo y crecimiento de los jóvenes para poder incorporar la aptitud física en las lecciones académicas.

    Gabriel dijo que ella motiva a las familias Latinas a continuar criando a sus niños bilingües.

    “Creo que les da tantas oportunidades y les abre muchas puertas a los niños si tienen un entendimiento completo del inglés y el español, o cualquier otro lenguaje,” ella dijo.

    Para más información acerca de sus servicios de tutoría visite cresteducational.com o llame al (203) 678-0418. 

    Traducción por Lizandra Mejías-Salinas, Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford. 

  • Goodyear educator named top physics teacher of the year
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    Goodyear educator named top physics teacher of the year

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    PHOENIX– A Goodyear educator was named the top teacher of the year by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition.

    David Wirth of Millennium High School was selected due to his methods and dedication as a teacher over his past 29 years as an educator. He was nominated by Arizona State University, where he graduated from the PhysTEC member institution.

    Whether he blends inquiry and phenomena teaching or running extracurricular activities, Wirth has inspired curiosity in physics amongst his students, according to the PhysTEC website.

    By instructing students through modeling and blending physics and math courses, Wirth has created high demand for his course at Millennium.

    He has been awarded more than $50,000 in grants for classroom equipment. He began a Science Olympiad club to increase STEM opportunities at Millennium and he encourages his students to compete in contests such as the Physics Bowl.

    Wirth additionally mentors his colleagues and is developing a new STEM curriculum for a middle school.

    While balancing his job at Millennium, Wirth teaches classes at Estrella Mountain Community College.

    His dedication to his students and colleagues whether in the classroom or not has inspired many students to pursue careers or higher education involving science.

    The national winner receives a certificate of achievement, a spotlight on the PhysTEC website and a $1,000 classroom materials grant.

    Each year the winner is also given an opportunity to speak at an upcoming American Association of Physics Teachers meeting as well as the next PhysTEC conference. The PhysTEC conference also gives special recognition to the national winner.

    Nominees must be named by the PhysTEC institution that they graduated from as well as a current high school science teacher that exhibits a positive effect on their students’ learning and pursuit of physics.

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