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CBHS Teacher is Award Winning!

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CBHS Teacher is Award Winning!
Posted on 09/20/2018
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Mallory Haar, an English language learner (ELL) teacher at Casco Bay High School, is the winner of three awards for outstanding teaching. Haar has won a 2018 Lawrence W. O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which includes a $15,000 grant, and is the 2018 recipient of the Education for the Common Good Award from Bowdoin College. She also recently was awarded a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant.

The Lawrence W. O’Toole Teacher Leadership Awards recognize public high school teachers who are advancing student-centered approaches to learning throughout New England. Haar is one of just 13 New England educators to receive the award this year and one of only two in Maine. Nellie Mae selected Haar because she “seeks to overcome education inequities caused by language barriers.”

Each educator winning the award also won a $15,000 grant to help them continue to make an impact on the lives of New England students through student-centered learning. Haar plans to use the O’Toole grant to support the district’s goal of equity, with the vision of bolstering professional learning among teacher-leaders in the middle and high schools about the causes of educational inequity and strategies to disrupt the structures that perpetuate inequities in their respective schools.

Bowdoin gives the Common Good Award to educators who represent the three core values of the college’s Education Department: be aware of the big picture; embrace theory and practice; and live and model a spirit of inquiry.

Haar also was notified this summer that she is the recipient of a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. Those grants are given out for academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Derek Pierce, principal of Casco Bay High School, said the recognition of Haar is well deserved. “Mallory Haar is one of this planet's finest educators, and her students and colleagues are so grateful for the opportunity to learn alongside her,” said Pierce, who was himself a winner of a Lawrence O’Toole award in 2014. “Ms. Haar is an irresistible champion for her students and adept at inspiring them to ever greater feats of academic achievement and character.”

Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana said that the Portland Public Schools is fortunate to have Haar and many other outstanding educators on its staff. “Ms. Haar is a wonderful ambassador for the profession and represents everything that is great about the people who work here,” Botana said.

Haar and the other winners of the Lawrence W. O’Toole Teacher Leadership Awards will be recognized at a formal award ceremony on Nov. 2 in Boston. The awards are named in honor of Nellie Mae’s founding president. This year’s group of award winners was chosen because of their advocacy for student-centered approaches that address issues of inequities within their classrooms, schools and districts. The other winner from Maine this year is David Boardman, an instructor of mass media communications at Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville and the education program coordinator at Maine Public broadcasting.

This is the second year that Bowdoin has bestowed its new Education for the Common Good Award. Haar was selected from a pool of educators nominated by Bowdoin alumni and school partners. A formal presentation of the award will take place at Bowdoin on Oct. 18.

Doris Santoro, associate professor and chair of Bowdoin’s Education Department said, “Mallory represents the practicable ideals we hope to impart to our Education students at Bowdoin. She demonstrates an unquenchable thirst for learning about her students and their communities. It is this passion that enables her to empower students to take charge of their own learning and to make our world a better place for all.”

Haar is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program in 2018-2019. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program gives students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Haar said that the TGC Fellows program has not yet announced where she will be traveling next summer. “Wherever I land,” she said. “I'll be collaborating with other teachers and learning about different educational models. The focus of the program is to promote global competency.”

The goal of the program is for TGC Fellows to become global ambassadors in their classrooms, schools, and broader communities through the following:

          collaboration with U.S. and international colleagues to promote mutual understanding

          rigorous professional development so teachers return to their schools as catalysts for global engagement

          international field experience and curriculum development focused on global competency, technology integration, and cross-cultural communication.