The Durham Public Schools recently named Pamela Hansen of Sandy Ridge Elementary School and Jeremy Smith from Eastway Elementary School as its Instructional Assistants of the Year.
Hansen was described as an “integral” part of the classroom instruction for second-graders at Sandy Ridge where she works closely with teachers to identify areas where students need assistance.
According to a DPS news release, Hansen also sees additional duties such as carpool, bus or cafeteria duty as opportunities to interact with all of Sandy Ridge’s students and is always willing to jump in where needed.
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Meanwhile, Smith is said to “enthusiastically go above and beyond” at Eastway Elementary to use specific strategies to address the needs of his students.
He is credited with helping students to achieve “tremendous growth” through his dedication and leadership in the classroom.
Smith has attended professional development to learn how to map out curriculum for different grade levels.
He has also worked with the Project Win grant and been trained in the Jan Richardson guided reading model.
According to a DPS news release, Smith’s knowledge has been invaluable to the teachers and students at Eastway Elementary.