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Albert Award Winners
The Parkway Alumni Association has selected three dynamic teachers to receive the 2015 Albert Award.
The award recognizes teachers who have been teaching for five years or less, and who show extraordinary promise as educators. Its namesake is former Parkway principal and educator Dr. Al Burr.
The teachers were recently presented with an initial recognition in their classrooms. All three will receive a $1,000 stipend and will be honored at Parkway’s annual Appreciation Evening in April.
Aaron Bashirian, Alternative Discipline Center
Aaron Bashirian has gained his students unyielding attention by using empirical methods to teach history. Wearing a kilt to school, he has taught his students how to throw a spear, fire a trebuchet, and understand why the devices played important roles in the development of civilization. He demonstrates a passion for teaching on a daily basis, engaging his students in discussions about the impact both history and current events may have on the future.
Jen Parmentier, Craig Elementary
Jen Parmentier has established herself as a teacher who not only goes the extra mile for her students, she seeks it. Starting as a teacher assistant two years ago, she helped set up a behavior intervention classroom, teaching students the values of respect, integrity, responsibility, empathy and caring. Today, her fourth-grade students can frequently be heard reminding each other to “be professional, re-direct, co-exist and have a growth mindset.” She spends a great deal of time getting to know her students and attends a few of their extra-curricular events, though she has a family of her own. She has twice received the school’s MVP Award (Mission, Vision and Practice).
The following teachers were nominated for the award, which is also an honor.
Emily Thornburg, Northeast Middle
Emily Thornburg is a problem solver. By collaborating with her team teachers, grade-level counselor and administrator to find ways to help her students, she has provided structure and consistency in her classroom so that all students are able to learn and progress. Beyond the classroom, she has stepped into leadership roles and developed after-school activities to meet the needs of her students. She is the sixth-grade character council leader, helping students become active members of the school community and find a place to showcase their passion. She seeks constructive criticism in order to push herself to grow, and truly models what it means to enjoy the struggle of being an educator.
Graeme Allen, Carman Trails
Emily Beckham, Sorrento Springs
Maggie Beckman, McKelvey
Julia Biales, River Bend
Emily Pleiness, Barretts Elementary
Christie Puricelli, Oak Brook Elementary
Ashley Quinn, Henry Elementary
Kathryn Taylor, River Bend
Jaclyn Deelo, Central High
Ashley Hartmann, Central High
Christy Keating, Central High
Brian Parrish, West High
Andrew Rudolph, North High
Patrick Troy, North High
Shannon Gallaher, South Middle