Promethean North America, NA (PressExposure) May 24, 2012 -- The Ron Clark Academy (RCA) and Promethean presented Amanda Morris from Tarboro, North Carolina and Donna Porter from Picayune, Mississippi with the 2012 Thank A Teacher Award. Morris and Porter were selected out of hundreds of nominees from all over America.
Both teachers were given a two-day, all expenses paid trip to attend the RCA Educator Training Program. Their best teaching practices and stories about how they are inspiring students will be shared with millions of educators on the website of classroom technology supply company Promethean Planet.
Amanda Morris' motto, "Go the Distance," is known by peers, students and her family. She was nominated for doing "whatever it takes to motivate her students!" This included eating live worms to reward her students for increasing scores on state assessments, and dressing up like a pop star and singing original songs to keep students motivated.
Donna Porter's nomination from a former student started with "ninety seconds changed my life." The student continued with a heart-felt story about how she didn't give up on him or any other students, and was enthusiastic about using interactive whiteboard systems to help keep all those students engaged in their lessons. They also told how her charm and keen understanding helped motivate them to stay in school, graduate and continue on to college.
"Great teachers know how to touch the hearts and minds of their students. They inspire and challenge them to reach higher and do whatever they set their minds to.
"It is truly a pleasure to recognise Mrs Porter and Mrs Morris for their years of service and give them an opportunity to continue to build their skills with the amazing teaching team at The Ron Clark Academy," said Jim Marshall, President of Promethean North America.
Photos and essays from a number of the Thank A Teacher nominees are posted online at Promethean Thank A Teacher Facebook: [http://www.facebook.com/ThankATeache]
The Ron Clark Academy Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RCAcademy