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Cobb Teacher Named Finalist for National Teaching Award

Amy Myers was recently selected by her principal as a “Model Lab Classroom Teacher” for Cobb Schools, inviting other teachers from around the district to visit and observe Myers in order to adopt and implement her best practices in their classrooms.

Amy Myers. Credit: Special
Amy Myers. Credit: Special
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Amy Myers of Powder Springs Elementary is one of only six teachers nationwide who have been named finalists for the 2014 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, a $25,000 award that spotlights excellence in teaching and the practices of the nation’s most effective educators. Four others were announced winners by TNTP, the nonprofit organization that offers the award.

Myers’s second graders move up two or more grade levels in reading every year, and consistently show significant growth in math and writing, no matter what their academic background. Her classroom is a creative space where students are allowed to write on the walls, use current technology, engage in meaningful and purposeful conversations, and make mistakes.

She believes that, when challenged appropriately and given proper guidance, students can step up and achieve any goal. As a testament to her effective instructional practices, Myers was recently selected by her principal as a “Model Lab Classroom Teacher” for the Cobb County School District, inviting other teachers from around the district to visit and observe Myers in order to adopt and implement her best practices in their own classrooms.

The Fishman Prize is one of the most selective awards for practicing school teachers in the nation and the only national award for teachers in high-poverty public schools. This year, more than 820 teachers from 46 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications. One hundred were invited to submit teaching videos and letters of reference, from which 21 were selected as semi-finalists. Each was observed at work in the classroom by TNTP before 10 finalists were selected for interviews with an expert panel of judges.

This is the third year for the Fishman Prize. It is named for Shira Fishman, a current DC Public Schools (DCPS) math teacher who was named the 2011 DCPS Teacher of the Year and received a 2011 Milken Educator Award. The 2014 finalists will receive $1,000 each, while the winners will receive $25,000 and participate in a special summer residency with TNTP, during which they will meet with leaders in education, engage in the challenge of helping more teachers improve their classroom practice, and collaborate on a short paper that captures their insights and knowledge.

To learn more about the Fishman Prize, visit www.tntp.org/fishmanprize.

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