GREENBURGH, N.Y. - A Westchester County educator has earned a prestigious award for “being an outstanding innovative teacher.”
Main Street School fifth-grade teacher Susan Wallace was awarded the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center 2017 Transforming Education through Leadership and Learning (TELL) Award for the work she has done with elementary students in the Irvington Union Free School District.
Each year at the annual awards initiative - which has become a two-decade tradition - the organization honors three “school district leaders” from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam County who “are instrumental in implementing and maintaining successful instructional technology programs in their schools.”
Winners of the TELL Award - formerly known as the Pioneer Award - are chosen through a nomination and committee selection process. Wallace’s achievement was celebrated over the weekend at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor.
According to the LHRIC, Wallace “demonstrated a transformation of education and student learning through her leadership. LHRIC, a support division of BOCES that serves the Lower Hudson Valley, collaborates with school districts in transforming teaching and learning through the use of technology.”
During her tenure, Wallace and her students have engaged in various projects and she has developed a network of colleagues around the world to bring exciting work into her classroom, Main Street School officials noted. She “has shared fun and easy activities for teachers to get involved in, such as the Global Read Aloud, which has been positively embraced by the entire school community. Her students also participate in Genius Hour, which grants them freedom to explore and follow their passions through self-directed learning.”
“This award is well-deserved,” Principal Joyce Chapnick said. “Susan has engaged in learning opportunities to deepen her understanding of global citizenship and the ways in which technology can be used in the classroom. Her passion and commitment to this work are assets to the students within her classroom as well as the Main Street School community.”