Foundation names teaching chairs

May. 20, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation has named two  recipients of teaching chairs in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System.

Tate Little, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Carrboro Elementary School since 2005, was awarded the Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation. 

Jennifer Scott, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Phillips Middle School since 2004, was awarded the Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts.    

Little was Carrboro’s Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. 

“He is an exceptionally creative teacher who works continually to engage all students in learning,” the foundation said in a news release Monday.   “Mr. Little helps his students become independent learners by involving them in collaborative projects such as launching rockets into the atmosphere with a homemade microcomputer on board to record temperature, pressure and G forces.”

Little has involved students in organic gardening has been a Boys in Action co-leader.

Scott is a nationally board certified teacher and is working on her masters degree in curriculum and instruction.

 “Scott has a personal passion for reading and writing that she creatively translates into engaging lessons for her students,” the foundation’s release said.   “They create alphabiographies, writing about every letter in the alphabet.  They create book trailers using iMovie and enjoy this project greatly because they are in control of their own learning.”

The recipients were nominated by students, parents, and colleagues.   The candidates submitted applications, participated in interviews and were observed in their classrooms.   A committee of parents, students, administrators, teachers, donor representatives and Foundation Board members made the final selection.

“The Public School Foundation recognizes that experienced teachers are the most important factor in student learning and partners with the school district to attract and retain the best teachers,” the release said.
“Awarding Endowed Teaching Chairs each year is one way that the Foundation acknowledges the contributions of outstanding educators and rewards their efforts on behalf of the students.”

Endowed chairs are created and supported by private contributions from individual donors or groups of donors.