Teacher Recognitions

St. Pius X School Teacher Speaks at the National Catholic Education Association Convention

Megan Cleary, 1st grade teacher, has been chosen to speak at the National Catholic Education Association Convention in New Orleans April 26-28, 2011.  The NCEA Convention is the largest gathering  for Catholic educators both in the United States and the world.  Ms. Cleary will be presenting ways to create an interactive museum in a classroom for students to present subject knowledge to other students, the school, and parents.

St. Pius X School Teacher accepted as an Oregon Writing Project Fellow

Rachel Youm, St. Pius X middle school language arts teacher, has been accepted as an Oregon Writing Project Fellow through Lewis and Clark College and the Oregon Writing Project (OWP).  She was selected to participate in the Summer Institute, along a select group of K-12 teachers and administrators, to develop leadership potential in writing.  The program focuses on the theory and practice of writing in effort to support the education and success of all of Oregon’s diverse student population.  While developing and sharing new curricula, participants will focus on fostering social justice and democratic ideals through the writing process.

According to the organization’s website, “for over 25 years, OWP has been a vital resource for teachers across content areas who recognize the value of using writing as a means of thinking, exploring, and increasing academic achievement with students. The Invitational Summer Institute, OWP’s centerpiece offering, provides teachers with time and space to write while examining how to prepare students to:

* Write in all subjects with clarity and style;
* Seek deeper and more critical understanding of writing and the world;
* Wake up their own voice and authority;
* Take command of their own learning;
* Manage portfolios and other exhibition forms.”

Mrs. Youm is looking forward to working with the Oregon Writing Project to research and develop meaningful writing activities for the St. Pius X community.

St. Pius X School Teacher Receives Fulbright-Hays Grant

Mrs. Irlbeck has been selected to participate in the 2011 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to Argentina. The program is administered by the International and Foreign Language Education Office of Postsecondary Education, in cooperation with the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Department of State.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

For five weeks this summer, Mrs. Irlbeck will be traveling with fifteen other teachers from across the country. Her trip begins in Buenos Aires with an introduction to modern Argentina. This phase includes lectures, panels, and general discussion on different aspects of Argentine history, economy, politics, culture, education and society. The next phase will be spent travelling to different regions of the country such as Misiones, Salta, Jujuy, Cordoba and Mendoza. This part will include visits to cultural sites as well as lectures.

As part of this experience, Mrs. Irlbeck will be required to develop and submit a curriculum unit relevant to her teaching. This project will be posted on Fulbright Commission Web sites. In addition, Mrs. Irlbeck is responsible to share her project with colleagues and conduct outreach activities upon her return to the United States.

Candidates recommended for Fulbright grants have high academic achievement, a compelling project proposal and/or statement of purpose, demonstrated leadership potential, and flexibility and adaptability to interact successfully with the host community abroad.

We are honored and very proud of Mrs. Irlbeck and congratulate her for this award.