Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teachers of the Year

On Tuesday, June 14th, the Board of Education recognized three teachers for receiving Teacher of the Year! The teachers (pictured below) were Jennifer Osborn (Van Derveer School), Lindsey Kulis (Somerville Middle School) and Lisa Conklin (Somerville High School).

Here is what their principals said of their teaching pedagogy:

Jennifer Osborn (VDV): In her quiet, unassuming way, Jen Osborn is one of the finest educators. As a first grade teacher at Van Derveer, she provides the students not only the foundation for their academic success, but develops in each child a sense of pride and purpose. Jen celebrated her fifth Girls on the Run season where she coached fourth and fifth grade girls through this nationwide program promoting strong self-awareness and confidence-building skills, culminating in a 5K run, which was held last week. Jen Osborn is the committee chairperson for the annual Van Derveer Literacy Night celebration. Under Jen’s leadership, this evening has become a high point in the Van Derveer school community. To witness Jen Osborn in action is to witness best practice in education.

Lindsey Kulis (SMS): Ms. Kulis is a vital, committed professional whose contributions enrich the middle school culture on a daily basis. Her efforts to support and encourage students are not limited to those who are assigned to her in her classes but permeate throughout the school. As a teacher, her presence and delivery encourage her students to try their best and strive for excellence. As a coach, she uses the basketball court as a vehicle to support and teach her team members life lessons. She exudes a positive, “can do” philosophy which is contagious throughout the school. Ms. Kulis is a very worthy honoree and the entire middle school community congratulates her.

Lisa Conklin (SHS): Mrs. Conklin is an outstanding educator. She is a hardworking and dedicated teacher. Her love and passion for art is evident in everything that she does. Her students have achieved and received numerous awards in local, state and national competitions. More importantly, when you walk into her classroom, you find an environment where students are engaged, smiling and equally passionate about their art course. This is a tribute to Mrs. Lisa Conklin and her teaching. I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving than Mrs. Lisa Conklin to be named as this year’s Somerville High School Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to our three recipients. We are fortunate to have such talented educators as part of our Somerville family.
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