Goldin Foundation Award Honors GPISD Recipients
Houston, Texas: On Thursday May 8th 2014, The Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education held its annual celebration and forum honoring the latest group of Goldin Foundation Award recipients at Goose Creek Memorial High School. This year, the award recipients included two employees from Galena Park ISD, Ms. Charlene Culpepper from North Shore Senior High - 9th Grade Campus and Ms. Maria D. Rodriguez from Galena Park High School.
The Goldin Foundation recognizes and rewards educators who have made outstanding contributions in their classrooms, schools and communities. At the Educators Forum, award recipients share their efforts to generate appreciation of educators and further dialogue on innovative teaching practices and programs.
“The nominees for the Goldin Award should be excellent at what the do, experts in their own fields. Generally they illustrate out of the box thinking with their approach to education, creating novel programs that may be replicated by other districts and schools around the country,” said Bobbie Fagan, Texas Coordinator for Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Rodriguez, Galena Park High School Librarian Secretary, has been in charge of The Interact Club at Galena Park High School for the last five years. The students are immersed in community service by volunteering at a local food pantry and helping to support the Rotary Club International through a program entitled “Purple Pink”, which seeks to eradicate the disease of polio throughout the world. Additionally, GPHS Interact contributes to “Books for Around the World,” a program supplying books to young people around the world including the Middle East and India.
Galena Park ISD’s second nominee is a dedicated educator, as well. As a classroom teacher for the past 19 years, and a campus instructional leader at North Shore Senior High School – 9th Grade Campus, Culpepper’s passion for teaching, and for students, is immediately evident. With a fondness for project-based learning, Culpepper is piloting a class called “Encounters,” a Pre-AP English/GT (gifted & talented) class where students are producing a yearlong research-based project in conjunction with their pre-AP Biology class. This year’s theme is “Containment,” which requires students to research a biological or social “epidemic” and develop a viable solution with an action plan. The class will culminate with students creating original Public Service Announcements (PSA) and “TED Talks” to introduce their topics and PSAs. These will be presented at a district-wide event attended by hundreds of parents and community members called “Challenge of the Mind” in the spring.
Both 2014 GPISD recipients have shown outstanding commitment to students, and their innovative teaching practices continue to develop students’ ultimate potential.
Pictured: Bobbie Fagan, Texas Coordinator for Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education and Maria Rodriguez
Pictured: Charlene Culpepper
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