RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
Two Randolph Elementary school teachers have been given regional awards for their expertise in education of gifted students.
Erica Sadlon, a fifth grade teacher, was chosen as the "Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted," and Allison Harley, fourth grade teacher, won regional honors as the "Regional Rising Star Teacher."
Both will now compete for state recognition.
"We're so proud of these two fine teachers," says Karen Bessette, Randolph Elementary principal. "They do such an outstanding job for us that it is gratifying to see them being recognized by their peers."
The "Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted" is presented to one teacher in the 14-county region. They must demonstrate and ongoing commitment to professional growth and develop a personal philosophy of education for the gifted that matches the characteristics of the gifted and talented students. Other criteria include the nominee's impacting gifted education at the local, regional and state level and his/her serving needs of gifted students in both cognitive and affective domains.
The "Rising Star Teacher" is presented to one teacher who is in his/her first three years in gifted education and has shown an eagerness for learning gifted strategies, is committed to their application and is dedicated to support gifted students.
They must be actively working toward gifted certification, must utilize instructional strategies appropriate for gifted student, address the affective needs of gifted student and become affiliated with gifted professional organizations.
(Courtesy Randolph Field ISD)