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Posted March 8, 2012

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Two APS Mid-School Teachers Honored with Golden Apple Awards

Tammy Crespin of Madison MS and Lisa Todd of Taylor MS were recognized at a luncheon on Friday, March 2.

Tammy Crespin of Madison Mid-School and Lisa Todd of Taylor Mid-School were among seven teachers from around the state honored last Friday with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico.

Crespin and Todd were presented with the awards at a luncheon on Friday in Albuquerque attended by Supt. Winston Brooks as well as members of the APS Board of Education.

Crespin teaches art for grades 6-8 at Madison. Principal Marcie Johnson was one of several who nominated her for the award, citing the opportunities Crespin provides “for all children to be creative and develop critical thinking skills.

Todd teaches 8th grade math and algebra at Taylor. When the site visit team from the Golden Apple Foundation went to the school last fall, they noticed Cruella de Vil pacing the sidewalk and watching students arrive. The team was surprised when “Cruella” was the same teacher in the math class they had come to observe. They were told by students that she had worn a different costume every day during Halloween week.

“This is normal behavior,” for this energetic, passionate teacher who makes math fun, the team was told. Behind the costumes and creativity are exceptional, effective strategies for math instruction, assessment and classroom management that leave her students well prepared for high school math and beyond, the team wrote.

The Golden Apple Award includes a cash stipend and $4,000 to be used by each winning teacher toward professional development. Each winner also receives a laptop computer donated by Intel and becomes part of the Golden Apple Academy of Fellows, an ongoing professional community of outstanding teachers that meets quarterly.

The award-winning teachers were nominated last spring by their principal or by other teachers, parents, students or community members. The 89 teachers nominated from 51 different schools in 22 communities represented both public schools, including charter schools, and private schools.

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