Madeleine Rogin Wins the Great American Teach-Off!!

Prospect Sierra Kindergarten Teacher Wins Great American Teach-OffWe are so proud to announce that Madeleine Rogin has won the Great American Teach-Off, receiving a $10,000 grant for kindergarten classroom projects from GOOD and the University of Phoenix! After five weeks of voting in this contest of elimination, the winner was announced today, with Madeleine receiving the news and her award in a surprise assembly at Tapscott attended by students and her fellow Tapscott teachers.

Madeleine is being honored for her peaceful changemaker curriculum, developed with the kindergarten teaching team and in conjunction with 8th grade teachers to teach students about the concepts of courage and empathy and their place in promoting human rights. Madeleine uses these big ideas to talk about race in her kindergarten classroom, introducing the peaceful social change brought about by such leaders as Martin Luther King, Jr.—inspiring her students to become changemakers, too.

Thousands of teachers from across the nation were nominated, with 20 finalists making it to the five weeks of daily voting. Thanks to Madeleine’s loyal supporters and their tireless voting, Madeleine plans to use the grant to fund continued restoration projects at Canyon Trail Park, and support a global connection between Prospect Sierra and an elementary school in Ghana. This project will provide educational supplies and technology for the school in Ghana, and connect students, using technology like Skype, enabling them to teach one another about the changemakers in each culture.

Please join me in congratulating Madeleine for being recognized for her work in the classroom, and all the changemaker teachers and students at Prospect Sierra who are represented in this tremendous honor. Finally, many thanks to you for supporting our school in this contest!

Katherine Dinh
Head of School

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