CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
TEACHERS OF THE YEAR!
Every year during #TeacherAppreciationWeek, Out Teach celebrates teachers from across the country!
And at the end of the week, in each region, we name one special teacher in our program to be our “Teacher of the Year.” Please join us in celebrating our winners below!
While you’re at it, do you know a teacher that deserves a little extra recognition?
Take a moment to say “Thank You!” to your favorite teachers now!
Out Teach Texas Teacher of the Year – Eunynx Jacques
Congratulations to Mr. Eunynx Jacques! Our Instructional Coaches in Texas have been incredibly impressed with your work and have named you our Texas Teacher of the Year! Deep in the heart of Texas, in Dallas ISD, the team at Henry B Gonzalez is dedicated to personalized learning, an educational approach focused on customizing learning for each student based on their unique skills, abilities,...
Out Teach North Carolina Teacher of the Year – Susan Gleeson
Congratulations to Ms. Susan Gleeson! Our Instructional Coaches in North Carolina are blown away with your accomplishments and have named you our North Carolina Teacher of the Year! In Durham Public Schools at Fayetteville Street Elementary, the teachers are dedicated to engaging students in varied and innovative instructional techniques and strategies. The principal, Ebony Baily, is a strong...
Out Teach Maryland Teacher of the Year – Joy Hartman
Congratulations to Ms. Joy Hartman for being named our Teacher of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic! Our Instructional Coaches LOVE the way you get very young students engaged in STEM, and how you use that to boost learning in all subjects. Perched on a hill, Garrett Heights in Baltimore City Public Schools is known for creating a positive learning environment for their students. One way they provide...
Out Teach Georgia Teacher of the Year — Jenny Liu
Congratulations to Ms. Jenny Liu! Our Instructional Coaches in Georgia love your passion and dedication to your craft and have named you our Georgia Teacher of the Year! At Norton Park Elementary in Cobb County Schools, they strive for achievement through collaboration. They believe that learning should be an adventure and is paramount in understanding the world and the possibilities for change....
Meet Mr. Harris This is Van Harris, a fifth grade science teacher at Mario Moreno STEAM Academy in the heart of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas. A father of two daughters - Asia and Krystal (one of whom is also a teacher!), Mr. Harris has been teaching for 24 years in the Dallas Independent School District and has taught science from second to eighth grade over the course of his career.He comes from...
What’s New at Out Teach
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Out Teach Welcomes New Board Members
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Teachers of the Year
Thank you 2022 Out Teach teachers of the year! Every year during Teacher Appreciation Week, Out Teach celebrates teachers from across the country! In each of our regions, we name one special teacher in our program to be our “Teacher of the Year.” Please join us in celebrating our winners below! Ms. Kiauna Ferguson Out Teach North Carolina Teacher of the Year At Paw Creek...
Out Teach Mid-Atlantic Teacher of the Year
Inspiring curiosity For Ms. Melissa Robinson, a 5th grade Math teacher at Whittier Elementary in Washington, DC, it’s only natural (pun intended) to engage students in learning outside, especially in Math. Because outdoor lessons provide the perfect stage for cross-curricular learning, she’s also able to embed Science and STEM into her busy days. Unfortunately, many Whittier students...
Out Teach North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Driving a passion for exploration At Paw Creek Elementary in North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, 2nd grade teacher Ms. Kiauna Ferguson uses outdoor learning to help her students shine. Though she’s a fairly new teacher in a very new building, Ms. Ferguson remains undaunted, and has created a true community of enthusiastic learners outdoors. As excited as her students are, Ms....
Out Teach Southeast Teacher of the Year
Embracing a sense of wonder In Atlanta, Kindezi at Gideons is lucky to have Mr. Ryan Lisbon teaching Math/Science for 2nd grade. Mr. Lisbon loves using outdoor phenomena to create 3-dimensional science lessons that help students build their crosscutting concept skills and science and engineering practices. Beyond giving students the skills and knowledge they need to excel on their Georgia...
Out Teach Texas Teacher of the Year
Creating inquisitive life-long learners In Fort Worth, 5th Grade Science Teacher Mr. Michael Stephens puts extra effort into building positive relationships and mutual respect with his Tanglewood Elementary students. Not only does this build an effective learning environment for everyone, it also helps students develop the important communication and collaboration skills critical to...
Janetta Greenwood — Teaching and Learning Outdoors Webinar
I am excited to speak a little bit about what is happening in Clayton County, Georgia. One thing I do want to highlight is probably thinking well why the outdoors why science, why do those two work so well together. I will say is at the foundational core of what science is authentically about it's about using the natural environment, to understand the whys and the hows in a way to make...
Teena Hine & Dr. Jarri Goodman — Teaching and Learning Outdoors Webinar
Teena Hine --We all are here, because we are invested in the student benefits of outdoor learning experiences. It is no secret that students benefit from these experiences in a variety of ways, but to touch on a few of the most impactful ways, we can begin by emphasizing the inquiry based, student centered, real world learning experiences. The outdoor learning space offers endless opportunities...
Katie West — Teaching and Learning Outdoors Webinar
Thank you I’m so delighted to be here and with all these panelists that are helping to continue to extend this important work. I’m the outdoor experiential learning coordinator for the Portland Public School District and main serving 6,700 students in 17 school buildings, speaking more than 60 languages with 50% on free and reduced meal plans.I have been teaching for over 20 years in various...
Grace Manubay – Teaching and Learning Outdoors Webinar
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, or OSSE, serves as the state education agency for the District of Columbia. In the District, we have 240 school buildings. District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), is the traditional local education agency (LEA) which operates over 125 school buildings. We also have 66 charter LEAs which operate the remainder. DC is very similar to a local...
Shital Shah — Teaching and Learning Outdoors
The Department of ED is excited to join this webinar, along with all of the educators and schools and community based organizations so excited to have you all here to learn and share, about the importance of outdoor learning, and share sort of your expertise on how you're helping to get your students learning more outdoors and being engaged. Over the past two years, we all know and have felt...
Jeanne McCarty — Teaching and Learning Outdoors Webinar
https://youtu.be/XTlUHGgdihk?t=122 Welcome everyone, I'm Jeanne McCarty and I'm the CEO here at Out Teach, a national organization that is built to inspire and prepare today's elementary students to become the next generation of fearless innovators. We are designed by teachers for teachers and we support teachers in a number of ways. From personalized coaching to professional learning...
Teaching and Learning Outdoors Webinar
The US Department of Education, Out Teach, district leaders, and teachers share expertise to help everyone accelerate learning outdoors. During the pandemic, thousands of educators across the country began exploring the possibilities of outdoor learning to improve safety. Now that schools have returned to in-person instruction, teachers are looking to outdoor learning to help students get...
NSTA 2022: Any Teacher Can Use Their School’s Outdoor Spaces
Engage students of all backgrounds in more meaningful and authentic hands-on inquiry-based science At NSTA 2022 in Houston, Out Teach Instructional Coaches Dr. Jarri Goodman and Wendy Kelly will share how outdoor spaces bring more culturally responsive and student-driven pedagogical approaches to real-world phenomena/project/place based learning. By creating more engaging and challenging...
Out Teach Welcomes James Ferri and Merianne Roth to its Board of Directors
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Outdoor Learning All Year Long – Four Favorite Lessons!
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ESSER Funds Support Outdoor Learning
Achieve long-term improvements in student performance and teacher job satisfaction. National nonprofit Out Teach is helping several State Departments of Public Instruction incorporate outdoor learning into their academic recovery and long-term pandemic strategies. Out Teach offers programs and services that align with the guidelines, timeframe and outcomes required by the American Rescue Plan...
Out Teach Lessons: Inspiring Women in STEM
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How a plastic bag of leaves can change the world
It hadn’t been like this before. When 4th grade teacher Lucia Espinoza mentioned to her students that they’d be heading outside to build a device to collect hidden water, she was surprised when a girl named Jasmin came to school the next day so excited for the lesson she brought in her own plastic bag. It hadn’t been like this before. Jasmin hardly spoke in class, and hadn’t made...
Catalogue for Philanthropy Recognizes Out Teach
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Francis Scott Key Elementary Shout Out!
Lorraine Foster in Prince George's County wants to give a shout out to her 5th grade teammatesDr. Tina, Kress and LaTosha Sligh- science teachers at Francis Scott Key5th Grade Team at Francis Scott Key - Taneisha Castello, David Stuckey, Randall SchwartzAs well as Ms. Hamm and Ms. Givhan, her outstanding supporting teachers!Also Taniya Qureshi at Gaywood Elementaryand Principal Raeshauna Mboma...
Thank you for all the extra effort you make to help the teachers at Boyd Elementary grow in experiential learning. I am amazed at the wonderful work you have done in creating a learning community committed to academic excellence.
A “Thank You” Note from our CEO
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Out Teach Teachers
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week for you and the teachers at your school!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week for you and the teachers at your school!
I’m sure you don’t hear this enough, but you’re a really great elementary teacher! Feliz semana del maestro, amiga!
You’re everything a teacher should be — kind, compassionate, patient, brilliant—and so much more! Feliz semana del maestro, amiga!
Ms. Alfreda Cook and Ms. Mimi Wilson
Sending a big THANK YOU to Ms. Alfreda Cook (pictured, 5th grade Math) and Ms. Mimi Wilson (not pictured, High School Health Science) in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. They weren't my teachers, but they were my classmates from the amazing HHS Class of 1987. Both now teach and give back to Hattiesburg Public Schools, so I want to thank them for focusing their talent, time, expertise, and...
Mr. Martinez, I learned so much in your 6th grade class! Thank you for introducing us to the Iliad along with Nikki Giovanni. I'm sorry I missed your retirement party.
Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into your lessons. Your passion for your students is inspiring!
Thank you for the astounding job you provide your students! You create an environment of trust!
You have made a great difference for all of your students. Because you care so much about them, you have directed them to trust themselves in all that they do and to become all that they dream!
Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way!
Your love of learning ignited your students' curiosity and made learning much more fun!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!
We all notice how hard you work as a teacher. We see what you do, and you make many sacrifices to be a great person and a great teacher, and we thank you for that!
You are a truly amazing teacher who makes a difference in children’s lives every day!
Thank you for creating a space for your students to be themselves, and for being a positive example in their lives!
Thank you for being such a fantastic teacher! Thank you for helping your students explore new ways of doing things!
Elisabeth Deaton from @LynbrookES_FCPS purposefully teaches students how to engage in science and encourages students to take ownership of their learning. She is a Mid-Atlantic Out Teach Teacher of the Year nominee. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
I’m so grateful to you for your patience, enthusiasm, and passion. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!
Thanks for being so kind and thoughtful! Thanks for your patience and for the quality of teaching you provide to your students each and every day.
Thanks so much for being so passionate about teaching young children. I really appreciate your hard work!
You are a real star! You put a lot of effort into everything you do and are very diligent. It has been fun working with you this year.
It was great to work with you this year! You are so imaginative and creative, with great ideas. I loved all your contributions to our projects. You truly are a unique and talented person!
You are such a bright and cheerful person, and I enjoyed working with you this year! You bring a lot of enthusiasm and encourage your students to do the same.
You might hear this all the time, but I don’t think it is said enough. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher!
Thank you for the additional efforts you have made during this pandemic to ensure the children are not left behind at school. It is certainly not easy, but you make it appear effortless!
Thank you for an amazing year full of fun experiments and interesting lessons!
Thank you very much for all your hard work. I want you to know that all your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed!
Thank you for challenging your students to their best and instilling them a passion for learning to excel!
Thank you for not making your students learn the way you wanted to, but teaching the way they wanted to learn!
Thank you for being kind, for making lessons fun, and for helping your students grow!
Thank you for all the fun activities you include in your classes to enhance learning, proving the fact that learning can indeed be fun!
Thank you for making your classes special and interesting and enjoying with your innovative teaching.
Thank you for being dedicated and passionate about teaching your students!
Jenny Liu from @NPKEagles in @CobbSchools radiates passion and a zest for learning that is reflected in her instructional practice. That is why she has been nominated as the Southeast Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Congrats to Taylor Tilford from @pole_ash for being nominated as an Out Teach Carolinas Teacher of the Year! She has been a great advocate for outdoor experiential learning for her students. Thanks for all you do for your students! #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Maria Martin from @WHES_Hawks in @DallasSchools has been nominated for the TX Out Teach Teacher of the Year!!! We have loved hearing about the experiments you have created for your in person & at home learners. Thanks for all you do! #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Great Teachers never try to be the best teachers. They simply bring out the best in their students. You definitely are one and I want you to know this. Thank you for everything.
Ms. Sandra Rodriguez
Thank you Ms. Rodriguez for all you have done for our Bilingual students this year! Your patience and guidance during such a hard time has helped more than you will ever know. I am so thankful to have you as one of our Bilingual teachers and appreciate all you do each and every day!
Ms. Maria Rosa Arribas
Thank you Ms. Arribas for all you have done for our students this year! Your patience and guidance during such a hard time has helped more than you will ever know. Thank you, for all the fun activities you included in the class to enhance learning, proving the fact that learning can indeed be fun.
A special thanks to my favorite teacher, Dan Stover, who brought his lessons to life and cultivated a love for the outdoors and conservation. It has been 25 years since I was in Mr. Stover's sixth grade class, but we still stay in touch and his approach to teaching has had a lasting impact on my life.
Ms. Llamozas thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching our students during this tough academic school year. I have enjoyed being in your classroom from day one. I have seen how you have flourished and gone the extra mile for our kids.
Jenny thank you for your excellent work this past year. I was excited when you were recognized by receiving the Drs. Singh and Bhuller Tri-Cities Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from The John Randolph Foundation. I wanted to drop you this note to recognize your excellent work during Teacher Appreciation Week!!!! We are all proud of the excellent work you do with our youth. I have made a...
A good teacher is patient, kind, and thoughtful. You have been all of these and more to your students. Thank you!
You’re genuinely a phenomenal teacher. Thank you for really going the extra mile to help other teachers and students!
Ms. Capets is an advocate for inquiry based science education not only in her classroom but throughout her school and district. Ms. Capets sees beyond the content and into the minds and curiosity of her students. In a year unlike any other she is still leading the charge at WMES and in Cabarrus County schools to empower students through self discovery and exploration.
Ms. Shanice M. Wilson
Dear Ms. Wilson, I want to highlight your efforts as a phenomenal teacher. You've taught in-person & online, given directions to students, Zoomed me in for tutoring, and answered questions to parents where English was not their first language. All at the same time!!! Spellbound...I continue to salute you for your tremendous work in and outside the classroom. You ROCK!!! Happy Teachers...
Stephanie Gonzalez Ramos
Stephanie Gonzalez from @PewWildcats encourages students to be the best they can be by modeling how working hard contributes to excellence and for that she has been nominated as the Mid-Atlantic Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Thank you, Gregg. You were a mentor, friend, bandmate. But first, you were my teacher. You were the first to teach me how to think about thinking, and you sent my life on a new trajectory during a difficult time. You impacted so many of us, and we appreciate you.
The memory of Dr. Joe Kuban (1950-2009) lives on for those who were inspired by his love and curiosity for the workings of the natural world. Camping trips to Big Bend, classroom humor and an equal measures of affinity for ecology and his students made science something to look forward to and invest in. Thank you, Dr. Kuban! From Daniel Morgan
Igone Moreno Igoa
Thank you, Ms. Moreno, for being such an amazing Science teacher this school year. Even though this school year's lessons have had to be virtual, you have still made Science come alive. You present the information in such an exciting way that students love to learn the skills/concepts that you're addressing. The relevant, real world examples and demonstration labs that you provide help your...
Ms. Grass taught my 4th grade math class at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. She was the first to see my potential after many hard years at a different school, in fact I was repeating the 4th grade at that time. Her inspiration and the amazing work of many at the school led me through an MBA and work as a Chief Financial Officer. In all of my roles, I have lived out the...
Megan Grierson from @stonemountainES proactively seeks out opportunities to enhance her instructional skills. That is why she has been nominated as the Southeast Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Mrs. Adrienne Cruz in San Ramon, CA
Thank you so much for being such a kind, positive spirit through an extraordinary year and making remote learning = fun! Our son thrived in your virtual classroom, and we so appreciated the countless ways you brought creativity, innovation and engagement into the classroom. Sending virtual high fives and hugs and can't wait for the day we can deliver those in person. THANK YOU! The Johnson Family
Hi Mr. Aho! You have been extremely caring and you have cared about not just how I'm doing in school (although you do care about that a lot which is also great) but how I'm doing outside of school too. You have been an amazing teacher to have and I wish I could have you next year too. Now, if you excuse me, DANCING ARIZONA!!!
Hi Ms. Gontovnick! I've enjoyed so much of our time together and I have especially enjoyed all of the inside jokes and songs we have made for ELA. I'm looking forward to the even better times to come. I now wish to send this note to you, so I shall now make it so. Thank you for all of your hard work this year!!
Congrats to Madeline Respeliers from @SCCAKnights for being nominated as an Out Teach TX Teacher of the Year! Your commitment to writing creative lesson plans and your dedication to your students is inspiring. Thanks for all you do! #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Sending a big thank you to Mrs. Himmelberger (aka my Grammy) for teaching high school back in the day. Grammy is so kind, smart, and thoughtful - I know she inspired so many students in Berks County, PA when she taught them. Wish I could have had her as my teacher! Love, Maggie
Joy Hartman from @Garrettheights2 infuses infectious enthusiasm into her teaching. In anticipation of hybrid learning, she incorporated the outdoors into every unit to share with her colleagues. She is a Mid-Atlantic Out Teach Teacher of the Year nominee. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Kimeron Puckett at Shallowford Falls Elementary
Thank you Mr. Puckett for keeping my 10-year-old, Kai, engaged and challenged during this very difficult year. You've helped him shine, pushed him to work his hardest, and kept him (and me!) laughing throughout all of it. You are one of the best and a teacher that he'll be talking about for years. Thanks for all you do!
Sherlonda Williams from @stonemountainES prioritizes the time to build a sense of community in her learning environment. Her norms and routines support experiential learning. That is why she has been nominated as the Southeast Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Mr. Eunynx Jacques
Shout out to Eunynx Jacques from @HBGonzalezPLA for being nominated for TX Out Teach Teacher of the Year! We love how you have embraced the Out Teach culture & provide your students with opportunities to explore every single day! #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Ashley Peterson from @DES_Dolphins has been nominated for the Carolinas Out Teach Teacher of the Year! She has fully embraced outdoor experiential learning. Her passion for science and the outdoors is contagious. Thank you for all you do! #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Congrats to Christina Joss from @Trinity_Basin for being nominated for the TX Out Teach Teacher of the Year!!! We love your creativity and passion for your students and outdoor learning. Thank you for all you do! You are awesome! #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Ms. Lois Rodgers
Thank you, Ms. Rodgers, for sparking my interest in literature and making writing so meaningful and fun. I think of you often, appreciate you always, and am so grateful to have been one of your students. Some of my favorite memories are of the days you'd get so excited about our writing that you'd jump up and cheer like we'd made a winning touchdown. I can still feel the joy and am thankful that...
Thank you to my wonderful 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Kelly, who helped inspire the whole class to read more. All these years later, and I haven't forgotten doing popcorn reading with the book "Frindle." I'm sure my love of reading can be traced all the way back to you! THANK YOU :)Mrs. Kelly
I've heard it said that we learn our most important lessons in Kindergarten, and as a former student of Mrs. Dwight at Westrcreek Elementary in Fort Worth, TX I can confirm it is true! I still remember learning the letter sounds. For each new letter, Mrs. Dwight introduced us to that letter's "character". Each character was inflatable and child-sized. Then, we each got to create a character for...
Thank you to Christine Rey from @garrisondcps for your outstanding professionalism. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys learning from fellow educators and increasing awareness of educational equity. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Thank you Ms. Cook for taking the time to get to know each of your students this year! You have worked tirelessly to ensure you stayed connected and engaged with your students, both virtually and in person. Because of you, Trevor has been excited about learning again, we are so very thankful for you!!
Thank you Ms. Broussard for all you have done for Trevor this year! Your patience and guidance during such a hard time has helped more than you will ever know. We are so thankful to have you as one of Trevor's teachers and appreciate all you do each and every day!
Kristiann Walker from @APSHAES in @apsupdate consistently engages and inspires her scholars. That is why she has been nominated as the Southeast Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek