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In 1999, Idaho Public Television in cooperation with the University of Idaho introduced this methodology to pre-service educators. These future teachers will be prepared to enter the classroom with specific strategies and techniques to utilize video and other media that will enhance teaching and learning. We feel it is important to invest in our future educators as well as our veteran teachers. Educating today and in the future, Idaho Public Television supports our teachers and their classrooms.
Eight Idaho teachers were selected as Master Teachers for the 1998 National Teacher Training Institute held in Idaho Falls in the Spring of 1998
- Sandra Calkins, fourth grade teacher at Richfield Elementary, returns as a veteran Master Teacher. Sandra's awards in the science area include the 1995 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, Science Grasp, the Puget Sound Institute and NEWEST, sponsored by NASA.
- Paulette Blain, teaches fifth grade at William Thomas Middle School in American Falls. She was honored as 1995 ISU Outstanding Academic Graduating Senior, and is active in the American Falls Education Association. Paulette attended the National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI) in 1997, and recognized the methodology taught as a powerful classroom tool. She has led workshops to share the NTTI methodology with other teachers.
- Jeannie Jensen, teaches 2nd grade plus computer classes for teachers at Dworshak Elementary School in Burley. She won the Teacher of the Year Award from the Regional Soil Conservation District in 1994. Her students are technologically-savvy. They spend 40 minutes a day on computers, use video cameras to make nature movies, and use video and CD-ROM technology in their daily studies.
- Penny Morrison, has taught special education, kindergarten and first grade in the Bliss School District for sixteen years. She has served on the district technology committee and is a mentor of first year teachers. A devotee of the NTTI methodology, Morrison said, "I use 'Reading Rainbow,' '3-2-1 Contact,' and 'Storytime' to take my kids into a world far beyond rural Bliss, Idaho."
- Reed Moser, is a 28 year veteran of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. He has been honored as 1997-98 Outstanding Idaho Biology Teacher, 1995 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, 1995-96 Governor's Fellow, 1994-95 GTE Fellow. Reed has also been invited to meet with Idaho Congressional delegation about technology and education reform on three occasions. Reed incorporates video, PC, laser disc,and Internet technology in all aspects of his teaching.
- Barbara Potthast, teaches chemistry at Burley High School where she is Chair of the Science Department. She holds a master's degree on integrating technology in the classroom, which she puts to use with the enviable technology equipment in her classroom: a PC with CD-ROM, ATV device, VCR, laser disc player and a large screen TV. She has participated in SITE and SNOTEL, national student environmental projects using computer and satellite technology to report data from local monitoring sites.
- Barbara Starkey, teaches science at Clair Gale Junior High in Idaho Falls. Barbara has been a presenter at numerous conferences and was a guest lecturer for a master's program in Vancouver. She regularly utilizes video in class as a springboard for classroom activities and to keep students informed about current science issues.
- Diane Stinger, has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels in her 20+ years at Pocatello School District 25. She currently teaches geography and general science at Irving Junior High. She has represented her district at three national science conferences and served on curriculum and text adoption committees.
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Eight Idaho teachers were selected as Master Teachers for the 1997 National Teacher Training Institute held in the spring of 1997 in Boise, Idaho.
- Sandra Calkins, Richfield Elementary, where she teaches science in grades 4 through 6. Sandra won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1995. She has also won awards from Science Grasp, the Puget Sound Institute and NEWEST (sponsored by NASA).
- Kendra Ruwe Clark, Lowell Scott Middle School, Meridian was selected Idaho First Year Teacher of the Year in 1990. She holds a masters degree in educational technology.
- Jody Hoff, Homedale High School, was a1994-95 recipient of the University of Idaho Teaching Excellence Award, and she has twice been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
- Brenton Kidder, Boise High School, was a 1993 Presidential Scholar Teacher. Brent is currently conducting a nationwide Delphi study to determine the problems and solutions association with integrating telecommunications into K-12 classroom.
- Sue Pack, Bickel Elementary, Twin Falls, is past president of the Idaho Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She also is an instructor at Idaho State University, and is a former Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Science Instruction.
- Kit Parker, South Junior High, Boise, has been associated with the National Teacher Training Institute since it's inception in Idaho in 1995. She was the 1996 NTTI Teacher of the Year. Kit is a reader for the state math assessment.
- Kristina Pfaff, Pioneer Elementary, Meridian is a 1996 Presidential Award-winner for Excellence in Science Instruction, and represented Idaho at the National Assessment of Educational Progress conference.
- Cindy Everett Potts, Joplin Elementary, Meridian, was 1993-94 Region VII Science Teacher of the Year. She is currently Joplin School's math coordinator and has served on the District Math and Science Curriculum Committees.
This year's Master Teachers include six veterans from the first two years Idaho offered the Institute. Calkins and Kidder are new Master Teachers this year. Additionally, we have a mother/daughter team in Calkins and Pfaff who only discovered they had both applied when selections were announced.
- Linda Brown has been teaching life science and physical science at Parma Middle School for nine years. Her teaching style emphasizes hands-on learning while integrating math, English and social studies for a holistic approach to learning. Through grant writing, and creative use of district monies, she has equipped her classroom with lab equipment, a computer, and the latest LaserDisc technology, Video Disc Player, and microscope/camera-all of which can be shown on dual television monitors. Brown believes that by using videos effectively she can increase long-term learning, generate exciting current and relevant lessons that are able to reach the needs of her diverse student population.
- Wendy Eveland, a fourth-grade teacher at Frontier Elementary in the Meridian school district, holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. She was a recipient of the US West Laptop Telecommunications Grant in 1995 and is exploring the use of the internet in her classroom. For the past ten years she has served as a developer, trainer and presenter for the Meridian School District's Instructional Model. She currently serves as a member of her district's staff development committee and promotes the use of video technology in the classroom, to the interactive use of this medium and encourages her students to become critical learners through critical viewing.
- Karen Hickey is presently working on her master's in educational technology. Karen has taught third and fourth grade students at Ustick Elementary in Meridian for the past six years. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Karen is also the computer coordinator for her school. Karen has worked with the Boise Sate Technology Outreach program for the past two years. This past year, along with another teacher at her school, Karen was recognized by the Meridian School Board for making a special contribution to the quality of education by using technology in the classroom. Karen believes that the effective use of video and computer technology gives students the tools for interacting with their world, now and in the future.
- Jody Hoff has taught math and economics at Homedale High School for nine years. She has strived to provide students with a technology enriched classroom setting, utilizing a variety of media components. Hoff considers video, used in an appropriate manner, to be a powerful catalyst for student achievement. Hoff was named a 1994-5 recipient of the University of Idaho Teaching Excellence Award and has been twice named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, in 1993 and 1996. She was also honored with an Excellence in Economic Education Award in Business Administration and serves as an associate field representative for Economics America, providing materials an training for area educators.
- John Lindley has taught for six years at Marsing High School. He currently teaches biology, advanced biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and psychology. He has also taught the math analysis and calculus courses at Marsing High School. He worked with the University of Idaho Upward Bound High School Minority Research Apprenticeship program during the summer of 1995. He has written several grants to fund the technology he uses in his classroom. This includes four computers, two printers, a videodisc player, computer probes and software for chemistry and physics, CD-ROMs, a computer to television adaptor, and numerous science and psychology related books for the Marsing High School library. He served as the chairman of the science curriculum committee, a member of the technology committee. He designed the Marsing School District Model for science curriculum. In 1994-1995, he was named Teacher of the Year.
- Teri Mahler is a new teacher for the Boise School District. As a Title I teacher for grades 1-3, at Lowell Elementary. Her position is unique because this is the first year of a three year "full inclusion plan." Teri also serves on the school's Technology Committee. In 1994 Teri was awarded a scholarship to attend the Summer Geography Institute, which was sponsored by the National Geographic Society and The Alliance of Idaho Geographers. She currently serves as a National Geographic Society Teacher Consultant. In 1995 she received a fellowship to attend a graduate curriculum course, Getting Comfortable Teaching With Space, which was sponsored by NASA and The United States Space Foundation. "Television is an integral part of the student culture we are teaching in today's society. Instructional Television provides an interactive viewing environment where the educator guides the viewing."
- Kit Parker is presently completing her sixth year at South Junior High, in Boise, where she teachers math in grades seven through nine. She previously taught in the Middleton and Meridian School Districts. She holds both elementary and secondary certificates in math. She has written curriculum for all the districts where she taught. She is a member of the NCTM and the ICTM, and has presented sessions at four state ICTM conferences, the most recent entitled "Video in the Math Classroom." She wrote a grant and received a set of graphing calculators for her classroom that she utilizes along with video, manipulatives, and computer technology to broaden the mathematical experiences of her students. She has also been a reader for the State eighth grade math assessment for the last two years.
- Kiley Ruwe Shaw has taught Kindergarten and first grade at Valley View Elementary for the Boise School District for the past eleven years. Kiley has also taught adjunct courses for Northwest Nazarene College and Boise State University. Her topics were literature in primary classes, teaching students Spanish, and computer basics for elementary teachers. Kiley currently uses the AMIGOS series (blockfed on KAID) to reinforce her students' Spanish skills and uses the Reading Rainbow series to give her students a view of the world outside their classroom. In these days of limited budgets, video provides the opportunity to take our students on a "visual field-trip." Kiley knows that TV and teachers make a powerful combination!