Corrie Chase, Monte Vista Elementary
“As a volunteer at Monte Vista Elementary in South Jordan, I have had the opportunity to observe many of the classroom teachers at the school. I have been impressed with what I have observed, however, Corrie Chase’s teaching practice is outstanding to the point where I would like to nominate her for the KSL award. I feel that she is the type of educator that this award wants to promote and honor.
When you enter Mrs. Chase’s room though an ancient castle door, you are immediately transported into the world of Harry Potter. The various Hogwarts’ house flags are hanging from the ceiling and Dobby greets you from the bulletin board managing the classroom tasks that students are to complete that day.
Corrie leads the faculty in their efforts to improve reading skills throughout the school. She is very passionate about this cause because of her own child who struggles with dyslexia and understands reading challenges. For this cause, she makes reading exciting and an adventure for students as indicated by the transformation of her room. She makes reading an exciting adventure Students excitedly open their books to be part of the fun.
Mrs. Chase uses test results to inform her practice in achieving students’ success. She is keenly aware of multicultural learners and incorporates inclusive strategies in all aspects of her teaching. For example, an overview of daily activities is posted on the board, she uses verbal and visual cues to reinforce learning. In addition, she captures kinesthetic learners through her science project of a hydroponic garden. Students are growing plants from seeds and will transfer the seedlings to a hydroponic tower constructed in the classroom. They talk about strategies of conserving earth’s resources. This project is one of the ways that can be used to manage water especially in our state where water is a valuable resource.
I think that one of Corrie’s greatest strengths is the love she has for her students. She is an enthusiastic teacher that uses an abundance of positive reinforcement. When discipline is necessary, I have witnessed her speaking privately to students who are disruptive and together they create strategies for that student to successfully manage his or her classroom behavior.
It is an honor to nominate Corrie Chase for this award. She deserves recognition for a job well-done especially in the challenging environment of teaching over the last year.”
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