Thursday, June 19, 2008

School board honors students, teachers for their achievements

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Jaclyn Gottsch, a teacher at High Point High School in Beltsville, may be on summer break now but she will spend much of her vacation time developing educational materials for the cable network, C-SPAN.

Gottsch, who teaches Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics and local, state and national government, was one of four teachers nationwide chosen to participate in the C-SPAN 2008 Teacher Fellowship Program, where she will help develop educational content for the educational Web site the cable network produces.

Gottsch was among many recognized June 11 by the Prince George’s County school board for awards they have received. The following people were among those recognized:

*Otis Dupree, Bonnie Carr, Angela King and Danielle Williams, who teach at Glenarden Woods Elementary School, were awarded the Phi Delta Kappa International Outstanding New Teacher Award. Phi Delta Kappa is an Indiana-based international membership association for educators.

*Cecelia Jones-Bowlding, Glenarden Woods principal, received an Outstanding Support to New Teachers Award from Phi Delta Kappa.

*Robert Snyder, an art teacher at Robert Frost Elementary School in New Carrollton, Lamont Elementary School in New Carrollton and Dodge Park Elementary School in Landover, was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to study in Mexico during the summer.

*Elvira Brundage, a teacher at Glenarden Woods, was awarded the Maryland Pride Award by the Maryland State Department of Education for her work in teaching reading and encouraging parental involvement.

*Kynan T. Rilee, a student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Northrop Grumman Corp. through the company’s Engineering Scholars program.

*Jonece Layne, a student at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover, was a winner of the Inspiration Teacher Essay Contest, sponsored by The Centre for Inspired Teaching, The Washington Post, Barnes and Noble and WHUR Radio. She was also honored for implementing a tutoring program at Glenarden Woods.

*Vishnu Rachakonda, a Glenarden Woods student, and Angela King, a Glenarden Woods teacher, were second-place winners in the Stock Market Game in the InvestWrite National Writing Competition.

*Glenarden Woods students John Clendenin, Ekaete Ekpo, Donovan Harvey, Thomas Iyile and Amritha Jayanti won a state award for high honors through the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, International Mathematics and Verbal Talent Search.

*Jessica Nwaogbe, Chidi Obineche and Karthikeyan Sunder, students at Paint Branch Elementary in College Park, and their sponsor, Lydia Laidlow, won first place in the middle-school level at the Black Saga competition, a test of students’ knowledge of black history. Paint Branch students Dylan Bipat, Eric Elue, Erica Elue, Gary Harris, Fadil Ibrahim, Delano Munoz and sponsor Lydia Laidlow won fourth place at the elementary level.

Nine county teachers were selected to be summer fellows for the Maryland Writing Project. The teachers will participate in summer programs designed to mentor writing teachers at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The fellows include: Natalie Arthurs (Robert R. Gray Elementary School in Capitol Heights), Yvonne Brown (Parkdale High School in Riverdale), Ann-Marie Harris (Greenbelt Elementary School), Helena Hartsfield (DuVal High School in Lanham), Michelle McGee (Eleanor Roosevelt High School), Itari Pearson (Stephen Decatur Middle School in Clinton), Sylvia Robinson-Tibbs (Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale), Mathew Smith (Laurel High School) and Nichole Schumaker-Strandberg (Northwestern High School in Hyattsville).

Board members also honored Prince George’s County Scholars of the Week Djuan Short (Potomac High School in Oxon Hill), Karis Christian (Surrattsville High School in Clinton) and Valerie Williams (Suitland High School). Teachers of the Month honored included Lois Atkins (Glassmanor Elementary School in Oxon Hill) and George Wake (Fairmont Heights High School in Capitol Heights).

Previous Scholars of the Week and Teachers of the Month were recognized at earlier ceremonies.