EPS/School Specialty Announces 2012 Academy Star Award Winners

June 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Awards Honor Students Who Overcame Challenges
to Build Reading and Math Skills
and Dedicated Teachers Chosen for Excellence

“I am amazed and inspired to learn about these hard-working
students who, even in adversity, achieve great success.”

EPS/School Specialty’s Literacy and Intervention division today announced the winners of its 2012 Academy Star Awards, honoring students who have overcome significant challenges to build proficiency in reading and math, as well as teachers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide their students with every opportunity to succeed. Five students were recognized as Academy Star Students of the Year, and three teachers earned Academy Teachers of Excellence honors.

“I am amazed and inspired to learn about these hard-working students who, even in adversity, achieve great success,” said Rick Holden, President, EPS/School Specialty. “And the teacher nominations represent the thousands of talented educators across the country devoted to making sure their students have the opportunity to succeed. It is a privilege to honor these students and teachers with the 2012 Academy Star Awards.”

Students recognized for their progress in building skills using the Academy of READING are:

Montasir Al Ferdous, Whitehall-Yearling High School, Whitehall, Ohio
Montasir Al Ferdous is a ninth-grader who moved to Ohio from Bangladesh less than two years ago. The nomination from his English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Sara Levitt, detailed how he began the school year scoring at the second-grade level on the Academy of READING pre-test and by April achieved a ninth-grade-level score. In fact, Levitt said his progress has been so significant that it is unlikely he will be in an ESL class next school year.

Kaitlyn Johnson, Waterloo Junior High School, Waterloo, Ill.
Kaitlyn Johnson is a seventh-grader who was nominated by her teacher Jane Nold for her significant progress in learning with the Academy of READING, moving from below grade level in her skills to level 10 in just two years.

Ernest Harris, Holly Ridge Middle School, Holly Springs, N.C.
Ernie Harris was born in the Ukraine and, when adopted at the age of 11 by an American couple, was reading only minimally in Russian and did not speak any English. Nominated by Valita Papes, his intervention reading teacher, Ernie is honored for his diligent work at mastering 68 of the 75 required skills and for his significant progress in building both verbal and written English language skills.

Students recognized for their progress using the Academy of MATH are:

Shemar Douglas, River Oaks Middle School, Raleigh, N.C.
Shemar Douglas, a seventh-grader, was nominated by his math teacher, Jennifer Costin, for the progress he made learning with the Academy of MATH, moving from below grade level to exceeding his grade level in just five months.

Michael Manley, Quail Valley Elementary School, Missouri City, Texas
Michael Manley, a fifth-grader who earned 67 certificates this year, was nominated by his resource math teacher, Barbara London, for his hard work in building skills with the Academy of MATH.

This year’s Academy Teachers of Excellence honors go to Mary Adele Byrd, Forrest County Agricultural High School, Brooklyn, Miss.; and Stevonia Dixon, Chamberlain High School, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Fla., for their work teaching with the Academy of READING; and Helen Engelbrecht, St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria, Ill., for her Academy of MATH teaching efforts.

Congratulations to the winners, all who were nominated and those who make a difference everyday in learning and teaching.


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