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Congrats Albert Award Winners
Each year, the Albert Award is given to three exceptional first through fifth year Parkway teachers – one each at the elementary, middle and high school level. This award recognizes these new teachers for the energy and enthusiasm that they bring to their students, as well as the creative and innovative practices they use in their classroom. Each Albert Award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque. Recipients will also be honored at the Parkway Appreciation Evening in April and at the Hall of Fame Celebration in November.
Sarah Reeves, Central High—Geometry
Although she is only in her third year of teaching, Sarah Reeves already has made tremendous contributions to her school and to the district.
During the summer before her first year at Central, she met with Algebra II colleagues and suggested a new way to organize and deliver the curriculum. Units were divided into learning targets and student checklists were developed. It didn’t take long for students to become the drivers of their own learning and for them to see what concepts they had mastered and which ones needed more work. Learning targets have now become common practice for many of Parkway’s Professional Learning Communities.
Reeves has worked with district colleagues in writing curriculum, creating district benchmark standards for geometry courses and integrating the Common Core State Standards. She also sponsors Central’s student council, assisting them as they planned and held their 2013 prom at Busch Stadium.
Rebecca Bradley, South Middle—English Language Arts
Rebecca Bradley is quiet by nature, but her colleagues at South Middle soon realized that her reserve is only a thin cover for a dynamic, forward-thinking and brilliant teacher.
Now in her sixth year of teaching, Bradley creates a vibrant classroom for her students and sets the bar of achievement high. She is a member of the sixth-grade professional learning community for English language arts. She also is a coach and co-director of South Middle’s after-school intramural program, co-director of the Outdoor School program for her team and the leader of her sixth-grade team. She serves on the school’s technology committee and has been a valuable resource to staff in navigating new technology.
Bradley began her teaching career six years ago at South Middle as a long-term substitute, but was permanently hired the following year. She has earned two masters degrees in the past five years.
Jenny Lutz, Oak Brook—Kindergarten
A Parkway alumna of Central High, Jenny Lutz has taught kindergarten at Oak Brook for five years and is a leader among her colleagues.
She has served as a collaborative team leader, NEA representative, progress monitoring and intervention committee member, and a student enrichment class leader. Last year, she was a mentor for a new kindergarten teacher.
Lutz—who sometimes is called “mom” by her students—is cherished by both her students and their parents for her ability to build relationships with families and to reach and inspire them all. She already has earned her master’s degree and completed an additional 30 hours of graduate courses. She is a committed teacher who works feverishly to learn and implement new instructional strategies, providing students with the best practices available to help them succeed.