Meet some of our wonderful Renaissance Honor Roll educators!
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St. James Catholic School
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I am a determined and dedicated person that believes that everyone can achieve their goals in life if you strive for excellence. Since I became a teacher 19 years ago, I have found my purpose in life. Teaching is not a career, it is a passion, and with this passion I have created a classroom atmosphere that makes my children just as passionate about being successful and striving for excellence.
One of my biggest successes happened this year, when 97% of my students are reading at grade level or above. In addition, 19 students have achieved a goal of reading more than one million words. Furthermore, interest in reading has increased significantly. I see my students encouraging each other to complete Accelerated Reader goals, recommending, lending and borrowing books from each other, celebrating others achievements and creating a culture where learning is a priority.
I participate in the Renaissance National Honor Roll because I like to challenge myself, and I also like to challenge my students. It's a great opportunity for both the students and teacher to collaborate and reach our goals.
3rd Grade Teacher
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I have been teaching for 6 years. I love teaching children and seeing them during the "a-ha" moments! My students love for me to read aloud to them! One of my greatest successes with Accelerated Reader was when a student realized that she could read fluently at the end of the year because I pushed her to work toward her Accelerated Reader goals and read within her ZPD level.
I participate in National Honor Roll because I think it is great that the students receive the recognition they have worked really hard for all year!
4th Grade Teacher
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I am a fourth grade teacher at Mason Elementary School. Watching my very reluctant readers blossom with the Accelerated Reader is one of my favorite successes of the program. And seeing our state test scores increase has been a great outcome of Accelerated Math. I participate in National Honor Roll for the kids! It is a great program that recognizes the hard work of students.
I like to involve my students in our classroom. We have a classroom library that the kids redesigned this year - first by points and now they are in the process of redesigning by genre/author. I am letting them go at this on their own. There are some very deep discussions about books and authors and genre. It is authentic talk that I could never plan a lesson for. The kids are using the classroom library more than in years past because they are invested in its design and eager to share books from it that they have discussed.
I'm a librarian at Anaya Elementary in Pharr, Texas. This is the fourth year in a row I have earned the Renaissance Honor Roll. I participate in Honor Roll so our students succeed! We love to do schoolwide reading events.
My greatest success with Accelerated Reader is seeing the students gradually increase their reading ability.
Library Media Specialist
Carmen Anaya Elementary
I have been a librarian for 5 years. This is the second year in a row that my school earned this award. I have seen the students reading levels soar since we started on the National Honor Roll track. I enjoy hearing the students say they met their goal - they are so proud of themselves! My 5th Graders still love when I read a picture book to them. It's not just about reading on your level sometimes, it's about enjoying a book.
I think that my attitude about reading is definitely rubbing off on them. Every now and then I will hear a student say "I know that this isn't in my level, but I am going to read it just for fun!"
John McKeever Elementary
I'm a 2nd grade teacher at Westwood Primary in Texas. I graduated from here and have now taught here for 7 years! I bleed orange! My students love Accelerated Reader. My greatest success is that my students want to take not only reading quizzes but also vocabulary quizzes. This has been spectacular for my ELL students!
I participate in National Honor Roll because I love the challenges and pushing my students to be successful.
2nd Grade Teacher
I love being a teacher to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in a rural school in Montana. I am an avid reader and love seeing my students develop a love for reading as well!
Through use of Accelerated Reader I have watched struggling readers become excited about reading and soar to new reading levels! My students love to read to the kindergartners whenever they get a chance!
I am a Delta State graduate with a love for reading, football, and Memphis-style BBQ! My students have been OBSESSED with increasing their certification levels this year - I have seen tremendous growth due to that!
I participated in Honor Roll this year because I wanted to challenge myself to challenge my students.
2nd Grade Teacher
Oak Park Elementary
I'm a ten year veteran of Renaissance Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments and the Clark County School District in Nevada. I teach 5th grade and have been a two time Renaissance Master Classroom teacher and Honor Roll recipient.
My greatest success with Accelerated Reader is getting those students who have said they hated reading for years become the kids their parents have to physically wrestle books away from at night so they can go to sleep. Through using Accelerated Reader data students have taken ownership of their learning and the parents get to see tangible progress as well. I offer up 'mystery motivators' in which we set a goal and then once a certain number of kids reach it I do things like shave my head, eat bugs, or have an ice cream party.
5th Grade Teacher
Elise Wolff Elementary
This is my 13 year teaching. Currently I am a 3rd grade teacher at Savannah Grove Elementary in Effingham, SC. I believe that given the necessary tools and opportunity, every child can learn! My greatest success with Accelerated Reader was having every single student in my class willingly work towards and achieve their reading goal each grading period.
I participated in Renaissance National Honor Roll, because I wanted to lead my students by example. I wanted them to see me working towards a goal just as they were and for them to know that we were going to succeed together. Some of my students got so caught up in reading nonfiction books this year that they were randomly giving me facts throughout the school day!
3rd Grade Teacher
Savannah Grove Elementary
I am a librarian of dedicated and passionate readers. Our school is an International Baccalaureate Authorized School. I love what I do with my patrons! Our students have become great readers! They are very much aware of how far they can challenge themselves using their ZPDs and are consistently achieving 85% or higher in their quizzes. They have also grown to like the vocabulary and literary skills tests.
The National Honor Roll program helps us focus on our goals as a school. Making students and teachers aware of our data targets makes the learning personalized and dynamic and helps us be more consistent and committed to our implementation. When I walk through the halls of the school students will tell me that they got an 85 or higher in their quizzes. This makes me smile!
Maria Sheila Sinapuela
Graciela Garcia Elementary
I am in my 13th year of teaching. I have taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades! My greatest success with Accelerated Reader 360 is seeing the students improve over the year. Some students improve as much as two grade levels! The confidence Accelerated Reader 360 provides to students in invaluable!
I participate in National Honor Roll because it's important for me to always raise the bar - not only for myself, but for my students. At Dawes Intermediate School, a National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School, we require our students to have 90% average percent correct to meet their quarterly goals. We raise the bar at Dawes Intermediate School and our students rise to meet and exceed our expectations!
Third Grade Teacher
Dawes Intermediate School