The Newport - Mesa Unified School District (N-MUSD) Board of Education recognized Teacher of the Year recipients, a National Board Certified teacher and Employee Super Star Award recipients, at the February 9, 2016 Board meeting.
Teachers of the Year
Above: (left to right) Secondary Teacher of the Year Tim McFadden, TeWinkle Intermediate Principal Kira Hurst, Adams Elementary Principal Gabe Del Real, Elementary Teacher of the Year Melissa Price, N-MUSD Board of Education Clerk Vicki Snell.
The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers recognizes teachers from school sites throughout the District as Teachers of the Year. The top elementary candidate, Melissa Price, from Adams Elementary, and the top secondary candidate, Tim McFadden, from TeWinkle Intermediate, were recognized by the N-MUSD Board of Education as District Teachers of the Year. Price and McFadden will represent N-MUSD in the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year competition.
Elementary Teacher of the Year, Ms. Melissa Price, is an autism teacher at Adams Elementary and is known for implementing creative ways to engage students. She makes substantial contributions to her school community and coaches members of her instructional team while maintaining a model academic and behavioral program in her own classroom.
“Melissa’s intricate behavior systems are a major component of her moderate-severe autism classroom, but never at the expense of developing each student’s ability to read, write, solve math problems, and contribute to class discourse,” said Gabe Del Real, principal at Adams Elementary.
Secondary Teacher of the Year, Mr. Tim McFadden, is the music teacher at TeWinkle Intermediate School with more than one-third of students enrolled in his music classes. He is a talented teacher and musician and through his love of music, inspires students to learn not only the fundamentals of music, but develop a real love for their craft and instruments. He motivates even the most reluctant student to be successful.
“Tim unequivocally encompasses all of the qualities synonymous with exemplary teaching, while demonstrating unparalleled dedication, ethics and character in the performance of his daily educational responsibilities,” said Kira Hurst, principal at TeWinkle Intermediate.
Price and McFadden also will be recognized, along with all of the District Teacher of the Year winners, at the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Teacher Award Banquet on February 11.
Board Certified Teacher – Ms. Mary Schiesser, Adams Elementary
The N-MUSD Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of the most recent National Board Certified teacher in the District, Ms. Mary Schiesser, from Adams Elementary.
Ms. Schiesser has a gift of connecting with students, building their strengths and supporting them in areas of need. Parents and fellow teachers recognize this quality in her, yet her humble and service-oriented natures are two of her most powerful characteristics.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), created in 1987, is an organization of teachers and other education stakeholders working to advance the teaching profession and to improve student learning. The National Board Certification process is rigorous, requiring a two-part assessment based on the National Board standards and reflecting various facets of teaching. The assessment includes a classroom-based portfolio and a set of exams and exercises organized around student work and standards-based teaching.
National Board Certification has become a symbol of commitment to excellence in teaching and the Board congratulated Ms. Schiesser on a well-deserved accomplishment.
Super Star Awards
The Super Star Award program recognizes employees who go far beyond the call of duty, doing more than expected. Recipients strive for and maintain the highest standards, paying attention to the smallest detail and going far and above they daily job duties.
N-MUSD congratulates the following Super Star Award recipients:
- Diego Arias, Counselor, Ensign Intermediate School
- Annette Arora, Administrative Assistant, Costa Mesa Middle/High School
- Erin Gordon, Teacher, Special Education, Victoria Elementary School
- Kelley Katz, Teacher, Back Bay High School
- James May, Teacher, Corona Del Mar High School
- Jamileth Paley, School Community Facilitator, Wilson Elementary School
- Daniel Patterson, Assistant Principal, Corona Del Mar High School
- Deborah Pridmore, Nutrition Services, Estancia High School
- Merrilee Randall, Teacher, College Park Elementary School
- Janna Reid, Nutrition Services, Newport Harbor High School
- Cynthia Ridens, Administrative Assistant, Killybrook Elementary School
- Jean Shanley, Teacher, Special Education, Costa Mesa High School
Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contributions made by the employees of the N-MUSD.