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Norwalk Teachers Awarded Grants For Summer Learning

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NORWALK, Conn. -- In partnership with Norwalk Public Schools, The Norwalk Federation of Teachers, and the Dalio Foundation's Fund for Teachers announced that eight Norwalk teachers are recipients of grants totaling more than $34,000.

These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning North America, South America and Europe.

The following teachers are the 2015 Norwalk Fellows:

  • Andrew Pearce, Columbus Magnet Elementary: Pearce will participate in NASA's zero-gravity workshop at Cape Canaveral to enhance current Young Astronauts curriculum and inspire a new generation of students to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles.
  • Melissa Giandurco, Wolfpit: Giandurco will explore the Hawaiian Islands' historical and cultural traditions and incorporate findings into current study of myths and folklore to develop vocabulary and story writing skills with mainstream, special education and ELL students.
  • Louis Schede, Norwalk High School: Schede will participate in a month-long NOLS Wilderness course in the North Cascades Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, using new skills to establish a Wilderness Club that fosters students' perseverance, teamwork and leadership.
  • Susan Quatrella, Kelsey Murphy and Joseph LaPrad, Brien McMahon High School: The thrre will study in Colombia methods of special education and science instruction (course progression, student-centered learning activities, inquiry-based learning) to better help students transition into the school system and facilitate correct course placement with necessary resources.
  • Diana Manousos, Brien McMahon High School: Manousos will attend Taft Educational Center's AP Art History workshop in Watertown, followed by an independent study tour of masterpieces throughout Italy, to teach a new course on the 250 works of art students need to know.
  • Smith Mowry, Columbus Magnet Elementary: Train with world-class athletes at the Triathlon School for Beginners in Hawaii, gaining a better understanding of kinesiology, training and healthy habits to combat childhood obesity and develop life-long strategies for elementary school students

“This is a unique and extraordinary opportunity that recognizes the excellence of Norwalk Public School teachers and will benefit students now and in the future,” stated Bruce LeVine Mellion, president of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers.

“With the support of Fund for Teachers and the Dalio Foundation, these Norwalk teachers have the opportunity to actively participate in their own professional growth,” said James A. Connelly, interim superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools.

“The Dalio Foundation is truly fortunate to partner with Norwalk’s teachers. We believe deeply in them because we recognize they are the largest in-school factor impacting student achievement, and because we have witnessed the difference they can make in the lives of students,” said Barbara Dalio.

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