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Tyler ISD TARGET teacher wins award

Tyler ISD TARGET teacher wins award
Tyler ISD
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POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 12:25pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:29pm

Tyler ISD teacher, Amanda Baker, was recently honored with a 2013 Area Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted Award. The award was presented during the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) Annual Conference held December 4 - 6 in Houston.

Nominated by T.A.R.G.E.T. principal, Katherine Elmore, the first-year teacher created a chemistry course for third grade students to perform experiments, study the periodic table and learn science through the inquiry method. The nomination process included an application, teacher resume, parent recommendation letter and two recommendation letters written by Mrs. Baker’s students.

“Mrs. Baker exemplifies the best qualities of a teacher and constantly strives to grow herself,” Mrs. Elmore said. “She created a curriculum for a subject that most people think can't be taught to elementary students, and she made it fun! She is always reaching out to help her fellow teachers and continually searches for new ways to learn from others, all while keeping her husband and sons a priority.”
TAGT honors outstanding individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the gifted community in Texas through the annual statewide awards program. TAGT recognizes exceptional support of gifted education in five categories: Teacher of the Gifted, Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted, Administrator of the Gifted, Advocate for the Gifted and Parent of the Gifted. The awards are presented in recognition of service, contribution and commitment to gifted education.
 

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.This is a prime example of whats wrong with the current model. All of our teachers should be great, above average, something achieved through professional development, not teaching to a test. The truly exceptional ones, i.e. Amanda Baker should teach the most challenging students (special ed, those having trouble etc), helping create the culture of learning that is lacking from our public education system, unless you are designated "gifted and talented".

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