TJL Reading teacher awarded for excellence

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The district is proud to announce that Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School Reading Specialist Denise Bowles was awarded the New York State English Council’s Educator of Excellence Award for 2014.

Recipients of the New York State English Council Educator Award are nominated by colleagues and presented to educators who inspire excellence in students as well as teachers. Along with the Educator of Excellence Award, Ms. Bowles was instrumental in the entire TJL reading department receiving the New York State English Council’s Program of Excellence Award for their “Word of the Day” program.

Six years ago, in an effort to enhance the ongoing development of student vocabulary, the reading department at TJL launched a voluntary, building-wide vocabulary enrichment program called “Word of the Day.” This program has become a vital part of the school’s culture and fosters student learning through academically challenging and fun opportunities.