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Mr. Elliott Nominated for Teaching in Excellence Award

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:53
Article By Cheryl Leifson

     Mr. Elliott is one of ten finalists for the Teaching in Excellence Award.  We are proud of Mr. Elliott and all that he does to help Park Elementary students. 

The following is an excerpt from Mrs. Leifson’s nomination application.  Way to go Mr. Elliott!

          I am very excited to nominate my teaching partner, Bruce Elliott, for the Excellence in Teaching Award!  Mr. Elliott is a master teacher and very deserving of this award.  He has obtained his master’s degree plus endorsements in math and ESL.  For 8 years, Bruce has taught our OEK (Optional Extended Kindergarten).

He has been very successful in helping his students achieve grade level and beyond expectations in math, language arts, science and social studies.  His room is adorable and definitely sets the environment for learning.  His walls are covered with artwork that the students have created.

     Over the years, Bruce has helped dozens of students who do not have
English as the primary language spoken in their homes.  His efforts in helping those students to master the English language are noteworthy.  Bruce spends a significant amount of time in one-on-one and small group activities working with language specific games, flash cards, etc.   I have witnessed Mr. Elliott give up recess and planning time to spend with children who need extra help.  He takes the time to front load information with these children so they will be familiar with the vocabulary and be able to participate in class discussion.  He finds out personal information to include in his lesson.  One student, Lizbeth, had a pet chicken named Pablo that Bruce tied into one of his stories.  Bruce invited her family members into the classroom to participate in the learning.