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Linda Brown Fellows Award
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.
Nominations are now closed for the 2013-2014 Linda Brown Fellows and Star Award Recipients. Thank you for those who nominated. Announcements will be made at the end of August at the TTUSD educator back to school event.
2012-2013 Fellows Award Recipients
The 2012 -2013 Linda Brown Fellows Award winners, from left: Amalia Niewendorp, Truckee Elementary; Sherry BurnsSullivan, Truckee Elementary; Rita Moring, Tahoe Lake Elementary; and Jennifer Smith, Truckee High School.
Fellows Award Recipients 2012-2013
Sherry BurnsSullivan, Truckee Elementary
Always an advocate of play-based, hands on learning, Truckee Elementary teacher Sherry BurnsSullivan incorporates “get your hands dirty” science and field trips, classical music, and plays to inspire her class on to “happy learning”. She is a world traveler and shares her wealth of cultural literacy and knowledge with her students. She is a leader in the district’s curriculum development. She has been instrumental in interventions that changed the course of student’s lives. She goes the extra mile.
Rita Moring, Tahoe Lake Elementary
Rita Moring is the poster girl for English Language Development (ELD)! One of our district’s biggest successes has been at this teacher’s school with the meteoric API score rise of 26 points in one year. Her goal has been to assure that students reach proficiency in English and she has achieved huge growth in redesignated and ELD students. Her contributions extend beyond the classroom. A team player in every sense of the word, she is an active member of the district’s ELAC committee, the English learners PLC and connections to the families.
Amalia Niewendorp, Truckee Elementary
Amalia Niewendorp, Truckee Elementary Kindergarten teacher, makes it personal for all of her students. Students are greeted with boxes of books especially chosen for their reading levels with has enabled them to read mid-year of Kindergarten. She creates a class of students that are community of learners who respect and love one another. She helps with on Harvest of the Month, kindergarten projects and PTO. She even returned to college to learn Spanish to help students and parents.
Jennifer Smith, Truckee High School
Special Education teacher, Jennifer Smith works with students who have a multitude of learning and physical difficulties. She helps them develop occupational skills that allow special needs students to get into work environments such as the Humane Society and Thrift Store, which provide them with valuable real life experiences. This teacher embodies the district’s mission of “EVERY STUDENT LEARNING EVERY DAY” as she ensures that her special needs students learn their 3R’s to an incredible degree.