Tuesday, February 28, 2012

International Reading Association Award

I found out today that I was selected to be the recipient of the 2012 Eleanor M. Johnson Elementary Teacher Award!

This award "recognizes an outstanding elementary classroom teacher of reading/language arts. It honors Eleanor M. Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief of Weekly Reader, who died in 1987. The award includes a monetary prize of US$1,000 supported by a grant from Weekly Reader Corporation".

The award will be officially announced on Monday, April 30 at the First General Session at the Annual Convention in Chicago.

I am pretty psyched and thankful to my Principal Dave, AUSSIE Literacy Consultant Lisa, coteacher Lauren and my student's parents for their beautiful nomination letters of support.

It looks like I am going to Chicago!


mouse (aka kimy) said...

alright gary!!!!! congratulations - much deserved!

Gary said...

Thanks love xo

Joy Keaton said...

As a former Weekly Reader fan, I am very proud and excited for you!

Hilary said...

Oh excellent. I'm not at all surprised though. Congrats to you, Gary.

Gary said...

Joy - It has been a good 24 hours. A walk through Central Park at midnight, sweet dreams and now this!

Hilary - Thanks so much!

Ms.M said...

I am not surprised, congrats!

Ms. M

Ms.M said...

BTW, why can't I subscribe to the comments anymore? :(

Ms. M

Gary said...

Ms. M. - Thank you so very much!

I have no idea what is going on with the comments section. It looks totally different now and I don't see any settings that either allow or disallow subscribing to comments. If anyone has any information please let me know.

Ms.M said...

It's back! :)

Ms. M

Xpressive Handz said...

Congrats to you, Gary!!

christopher said...

Congratulations...way to go!

Pauline said...

Wow! Congratulations - well deserved!

Can't wait to read your blog after your trip and award!

Gary said...

Ms. M. - That is good news. I have no idea why but at least it is back. :)

Xpressive - Thanks! The money will be put towards my doctoral studies in reading assessement with deaf chidren so stay tuned for how that develops over the next year.

Christopher - Thank you!

Pauline - Thanks! I have never been to an IRA convention but the whole thing looks massive and overwhelming. Have you ever attended? If so, any tips for getting through it?


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