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FSU COE Alumnus Named Best Teacher in the Nation

February 20, 2018 Leave a comment

From http://news.fsu.edu/news/education-society/2018/02/19/fsu-alumnus-wins-national-teaching-award/:

Bobbie Cavnar

Bobbie Cavnar

Florida State University alumnus Bobbie Cavnar said he never dreamed that his passions for education and Shakespearian literature would lead to him being named the best teacher in the nation. Cavnar, 40, recently told The Charlotte Observer he was astounded when he discovered he was being awarded $35,000 by the National Education Association Foundation and named the nation’s best teacher for 2018. He was honored at the 2018 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala Feb. 9 in Washington D.C.

He has spent most of his career teaching literature at South Point High School, located 10 miles outside Charlotte, North Carolina. He gives lectures in a classroom elaborately decorated with paintings and antiques — intended to captivate his students and encourage them to acknowledge the beauty of language.Dean Marcy Driscoll said Cavnar’s award puts a spotlight on the work the FSU College of Education is doing to train aspiring educators.“We need music, we need dancing, we need painting, we need the arts,” said Cavnar in his acceptance speech. “For it is the arts that teach us how to understand each other.”

“We aim to prepare our students to make a positive impact not only in their communities, but in the field of education at large,” said Marcy Driscoll, dean of the FSU College of Education. “Bobbie is a shining example of this mission and we couldn’t be prouder of the great work he’s doing. This recognition is a testament to the quality of our both our students and our programs here at FSU.”

After graduating from Florida State in 1999 with a degree in English Education, he spent a brief period of time teaching in south Florida before settling down at South Point H.S.

In 2016, Cavnar was selected as North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year. Local sponsors put his face on a billboard overlooking Interstate 85 as it runs through the center of Gaston County.

Cavnar accepts the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C.
Cavnar accepts the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C.

 

Cavnar takes great pride in his work. Among his students, he is known as the teacher who brings Shakespeare and literature to life. His enthusiastic teaching style makes it easy for his students to engage with the material and develop a more exciting outlook on learning.

He first developed that style at Florida State, where he used his love of literature to make a difference in his community.

During his freshman year, he took an Intro to Education course, which required him to give a lesson at a local high school. He taught a lesson on the Langston Hughes poem “Theme for English B,” a story about a black student writing to an older white professor. The students loved it and bombarded Cavnar with questions.

He walked out of that classroom knowing that teaching was what he wanted to do with his life, and he hasn’t looked back.


 

Check out his acceptance speech at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article200252364.html.

Job opportunities for the upcoming school year

June 3, 2016 Leave a comment

job opps

Innovation Charter School in Pompano Beach, FL job openings for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • K-4th Grade Teachers

  • Interested applicants may contact Tiffanie Holm.

    Community Leadership Academy in Tallahassee, FL job openings:

    • Middle School Math Teacher
    • Middle School Science Teacher
    • K-8th Grade Music Teacher
    • First Grade Teacher

    Interested applicants can visit www.clatallahassee.org/careers and contact Heidi Stidham.

    Florida State University Schools (FSUS) in Tallahassee, FL job openings for the 2016-2017 year:

    • Instructor (10 Month Position)– Math, Science, Latin Grades 6 – 12 (4 positions)
    • Instructor (10 Month Position) – Grades 3 – 5

    Apply online or contact Mandy Manning.

    Grady County, GA job openings for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • High School Science Teacher
    • English Language Arts Teacher
    • Art Teacher
    • Middle Grades Math Teacher
    • Foreign Language (Spanish) Teacher

    Fill out an application at http://www.grady.k12.ga.us or contact Dana Pritchett.

    Indian River Academy in Vero Beach, Florida job openings for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • Fifth Grade Teacher
    • Fifth Grade ELA Teacher
    • Media Specialist

    Fill out an application at http://www.indianriverschools.org/employment or contact Diane Fannin, Principal, or Meghan Davis, Assistant Principal.

    New York Film Academy based out of a new South Beach, Miami location:

    • Assistant Director of Recruitment position

    Click here for more information or contact Maria Culbertson.

    The School of Arts and Sciences in Tallahassee, FL job opening for the fall 2016 semester from 8:30-12:30:

    • Long-Term Substitute in Second Grade Math or Behavior Management

    For more information, contact koonj@leonschools.net or tourss@leonschools.net.

    The School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre (SASC) in Tallahassee, FL job opening for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • Associate Teacher to co-teach with Lead Teacher K-3
      Associate Teacher to work with a Lead Teacher in a multi-aged K/1 or 2/3 classroom with 25 students. The curriculum at The School of Arts & Sciences Center is teacher created, based on the Florida Standards. Applicant must be creative, flexible, and have the ability to plan and execute hands-on, thematic lessons, often with guidance from the Lead Teacher. A valid Florida Teaching Certificate in field is required and pay starts at $14.50 per hour for 38 hours per week. Benefits (medical insurance, retirement, leave) are available. Associate Teachers proven highly effective with strong classroom management can move into a Lead Teacher position within 1-2 years. Conscious Discipline training preferred.

    If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter with Associate Teacher Position in the subject line by June 24, 2016 to Lindsey Merrick, Principal at MerrickL2@leonschools.net.

    West Bainbridge Elementary in Bainbridge, GA immediate opening:

    • Fourth Grade Teacher

    Contact Principal Jamie Ard.

    Do you have a job opening you’d like us to add? Send the available positions and contact information to education.communications@fsu.edu.

College of Education graduate students recognized for excellence

April 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Congratulations to the following College of Education graduate students who have been recognized for their excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship:

Preparing Future Faculty Fellows
Abdullah Ahmed Alghamdi, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Anas Hamed Almuhammadi, School of Teacher Education
Meshari Alshammari, School of Teacher Education
Wasan Tawfeeq, School of Teacher Education
Sara Tours, School of Teacher Education

Preparing Future Professionals Fellows
Anas Hamed Almuhammadi, School of Teacher Education
Nicole Reid, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Gubernatorial Fellowship
Alyssa Hernandez, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Florida

Triangle Institute/Ethiopia READ Project Summer Internship
Wykia Macon, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Research

NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant
Matthew Bird, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Marvalene Hughes Research Incentive Grant
Smriti Jangra, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Lynn Bowens Turner, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
Clausell Mathis, School of Teacher Education

PEO International Peace Scholarship
Brenda Wawire, School of Teacher Education

National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Scholarship
Susan Yarbrough, School of Teacher Education

These students will be recognized at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the FSU Alumni Center.

Assistant professor receives Transformation Through Teaching recognition

October 21, 2014 1 comment
College of Education faculty and staff headshots. Lara Perez-Felkner

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner has been selected for the Transformation Through Teaching recognition by the Spiritual Life Project at FSU. She was nominated by one of her students for her transformational role in their academic life.

Perez-Felkner is an assistant professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education, and Outcomes of Higher Education, and Applied Regression. Impressed by the enthusiasm and caliber of FSU students, she is currently collaborating with and supporting multiple graduate and undergraduate students involved in research on higher education policies and pathways to degrees in the sciences.

The Transformation Through Teaching dinner will be held on November 17 at the President’s House.

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