Eric Hale is the first Black man named Texas Teacher of the Year: ‘I’m not the first to deserve it’

“I’m the first to win it, but I’m not the first to deserve it,” he said.

Hale teaches first and second grade at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Dallas, where 98 percent of students live below the national poverty line.

For Hale, being an educator is about far more than teaching letters and numbers.

“I am a teacher because I’m chasing the ghost of the educator I needed as a child,” he said. “My mission is to make sure that children that are going through poverty and traumatic experiences get the hope they need.”

Hale’s own childhood trauma steeled him, he said, supplying him with the necessary tools to reach out to children living through similar circumstances.

Growing up in West Phoenix, Ariz., Hale’s troubles began when he was 6. His stepfather’s mental health challenges spurred erratic and violent attacks toward his mother and the children. Hale and his

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The College of Health Care Professions Named as San Antonio Express-News 2020 Top Workplace Winner

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), a trailblazer in the delivery of allied health education that offers accredited stackable degree and certificate programs aligned to the region’s fastest-growing healthcare fields, has been named The San Antonio Express-News Top Workplace winner. This is the third year in a row CHCP’s San Antonio and South San Antonio campuses were recognized on the Top Workplace list.

“This award highlights the hard work of the entire San Antonio team whose leadership inspires and motivates students to achieve their career goals,” said Eric Bing, chief executive officer of CHCP. “Our faculty and staff are the bedrock of our work to help aspiring professionals find success in careers throughout their lives.”

CHCP was recently featured on the podcast, A Model to Watch, where Bing discusses student wellbeing during the pandemic, how CHCP has designed its

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People in Business: Bruce Dixon named chief executive officer of the Tech Foundry

Springfield – The Tech Foundry, a nonprofit whose mission it is to support the region’s growing need for a qualified technology workforce and elevate underrepresented groups into sustainable careers in information technology, has named Bruce Dixon as their new chief executive officer. Dixon will work alongside an 11-member board, lead a five-member staff, and drive strategic business partnerships and curriculum development to propel the already thriving organization forward.

Founded in 2014, the Tech Foundry has offered internships, networking opportunities and instruction to traditionally low-income, underserved populations, preparing graduates for entry-level IT workforce in the Pioneer Valley. These programs are offered free of charge to participants through generous donations from area businesses and members of the local community.

Dixon previously served as the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program, a social venture that inspires and prepares underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s this

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Baltimore City middle school teacher Wyatt Oroke named 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Wyatt Oroke, a teacher at City Springs Elementary/Middle School School in Baltimore City, was named the 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year on Thursday night.

Oroke has taught at City Springs in West Baltimore since 2015, and currently teaches seventh and eighth grade English, while also serving as a team leader, girls volleyball and boys basketball coach, and in a number of other roles in the school and his community. Oroke has received recognition for his teaching, including awards from the Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland State Senate, the Orioles and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon made the announcement during a live special hosted in partnership by the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Public Television, celebrating Maryland educators and their commitment to excellence in education, according to a Maryland Department of Education news release. The special also marked 30 years of

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Beacon Capital Management Named One of CNBC’s Top-Rated Financial Advisory Firms of 2020

DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Beacon Capital Management (www.BeaconInvesting.com), a registered investment advisory firm that seeks to offer long-term investors innovative portfolio management solutions, has been named to the second annual CNBC FA 100 list that ranks the top-rated financial advisory firms of 2020. The RIA is ranked no. 24 on the list. The ranking celebrates advisory firms that top the list when it comes to offering comprehensive planning and financial service that help clients navigate through their complex financial lives.

“It is a tremendous honor to be included on the CNBC 100 FA list amongst so many esteemed financial firms, especially during a year where there has been so much economic uncertainty,” said Chris Cook, founder and CEO of Beacon Capital Management. “At Beacon, we pride ourselves on providing innovative portfolio management solutions that work to capture gains while striving to limit losses from today’s

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Hoffman Estates instructor named Special Education Teacher of the Year

Hoffman Estates High School Special Education teacher Katie McGarvey has been named the 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year.

McGarvey was told of her selection during a meeting with Principal Michael Alther, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small, and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education on Sept. 21.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

As part of this year’s Teacher of the Year program, the Illinois State Board of Education added three new categories, including Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year and Special Education Teacher of the Year. With these additions, McGarvey became the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.

McGarvey said she was shocked when she was notified that she had been selected.

“I am so honored to have been selected,” McGarvey said. “This was incredibly unexpected. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent Hoffman Estates and District 211.”

Hoffman Estates

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6 Tucson-area students named to advisory panels to improve K-12 education in Arizona | Local news






6 Tucson-area students named to advisory panels on education

State schools chief Kathy Hoffman selected six Tucson-area students to be members of the 2020-2021 Student Advisory Council and others intended to help improve Arizona’s K-12 education.

Tucson eighth-graders Isabella Alvarez and Jade Leon, ninth-grader Jenine Annett and 12th-grader Elena Durazo were appointed to the student advisory council.

Marana 11th-grader Carlisa Parra was appointed to the Equitable and Inclusive Practices Advisory Council, which includes students, teachers, education stakeholders, business leaders and community members.

Tucson ninth-grader Lexana Echegaray was appointed to the Indian Education Advisory Council, also comprised of students, teachers and the various education stakeholders.

Hoffman created the advisory council as a way to center students’ voices and improve K-12 education in the state, a news release said. Students go through an application process before being selected to represent their schools and students across the state.

Students

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Candidate Bryan Anderson Named To Education Honor Roll

Press release from Bryan Anderson:

October 2, 2020

State Representative candidate Bryan Neil Anderson (119th District- Milford & Orange) has received two important designations from Connecticut education groups in his quest to challenge Republican incumbent Kathy Kennedy.

The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) placed Anderson on its Honor Role. Scoring 99% on the Legislative Questionnaire, CEA stated, “On behalf of the Connecticut Education Association’s thousands of active and retired members, I am honored to inform you that you have received an Honor Roll designation from our organization in the 2020 election for the 119th Assembly District.

After careful consideration, your support for issues important to our members, their students, and the fundamental right of workers to collectively bargain has been made clear, and as a result our organization is proud to award you an Honor Roll designation.”

Anderson also was endorsed by the Connecticut State University AAUP Political Committee which represents

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Roaring Fork Schools cultural diversity director named bilingual Leader of the Year by state organization

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Amy Fairbanks, director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) for the Roaring Fork School District, was recognized recently with a top statewide honor.

Fairbanks was recently named Educational Leader of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education for 2020.

The award recognizes someone who “has distinguished themselves as an outstanding leader and advocate for emerging bilingual students and families and as an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy,” according to a press release. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have Amy as part of our instructional team. Under Amy’s extraordinary leadership, (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education) programming and emerging bilingual students in Roaring Fork Schools have benefited greatly,” Rick Holt, Chief Academic Officer for the district, said.

“Amy has not only improved academic programming and outcomes, she has successfully navigated the difficult adaptive challenges of influencing the ways people act to provide equitable access for

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D211 Post: Hoffman Estates Teacher Named Illinois Special Education Teacher Of The Year

September 29, 2020

Hoffman Estates High School Special Education teacher Katie McGarvey has been named the 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year. McGarvey was told of her selection during a meeting between with Principal Michael Alther, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small, and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education September 21.

As part of this year’s Teacher of the Year program, the Illinois State Board of Education added three new categories including Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, and Special Education Teacher of the year. With these additions, McGarvey became the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.

McGarvey said she was shocked when she was notified that she had been selected.

“I am so honored to have been selected,” McGarvey said. “This was incredibly unexpected. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent Hoffman Estates and District

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