Linda Brown Fellows Award

May 1, 2014 (All day)

The Linda Brown Fellows Awards recognize TTUSD teachers who...

go above and beyond in fulfilling their potential as an educator and show exceptional merit or talent, provide truly outstanding academic programs, are extraordinarily innovative, and creative.

2014/2015 Fellows and Star recipients will be announced at the start of the new school year.

 Thank you for taking the time to nominate our wonderful staff.

Nominations are reviewed and selected by a committee. Recipients of the Linda Brown Fellow (certificated staff) and Star (classified staff) awards each receive a $1,000 personal cash award. Additionally, the Linda Brown Fellow recipients each receive a $2,000 grant to be used for academic purposes.  The award presentation is made at the TTUSD back to school "convocation" staff event in August.  All nominees, regardless of being selected or not, receive a copy of their nominations. Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge the exceptional educators in our school district. 



2013-2014 Fellows Award Recipients

The 2013 -2014 Linda Brown Fellows Award winners, from left: Joni Adomshick, Alder Creek Middle School; Jean Fournier, Glenshire Elementary School; Erin Smith, Glenshire Elementary School; Theresa Charter, Glenshire Elementary School Nicole Sayegh, District Office 


Joni Adomshick from Alder Creek Middle School has been repeatedly described as having tremendous impact on her students and their families- both academically and emotionally since 1997. Her “never give up attitude” and countless hours of dedication led her to introduce a new intervention program to the middle school called “Why Try” which encourages students to set goals, face peer pressure and make better decisions.


Erin Smith from Glenshire Elementary School has been inspiring students for decades. One of her Fellows nominations came in from a parent who had Mrs. Smith as a teacher almost 20 years ago! She is known for running a tight ship and she has the ability to inspire a personal commitment from students to do their very best.


Teresa Charter from Glenshire Elementary School love of teaching can be seen and felt the minute you enter her first grade classroom.  As one parent wrote, “Truly one of this teacher’s greatest gifts is that she finds the positive in everything and everyone”. From uncovering hidden music skills, bolstering lagging self esteem or helping break a thumb sucking habit Teresa does it all.


Jean Fournier of Glenshire Elementary has an extremely eclectic set of skills – technology, science, GATE and arts – she seems to cover it all!   As one parent wrote, “complacency is not an option for her students”. In an effort to increase students’ opportunities for creativity and critical thinking, she was one of the pioneers of our local Odyssey of the Mind program and has made it possible for many teams from our area to participate and compete both regionally and statewide.     


Nicole Sayegh – District EL Coordinator Each year she charts the progress of over 800 English Language (E.L.)  students in reading, writing and speaking and shares that progress with the student’s teacher.  Recently she spent time in E.L. classrooms teaching every secondary E.L. student how to track their own achievement progress.   In one of the most challenging areas of our educational system, Nicole inspires students, parents and teachers to reach new heights.