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Cherry Valley, CA, United States, 2006/01/05 - Diane Mierzwik, Teacher and Author, nominated for the prestigious Disney Apple Award.
Diane Mierzwik, an eighth grade, English teacher at park View Middle School is being recognized for her creativity and success in the classroom as a Disney Teacher Award Nominee. Mierzwik joins an elite group of teachers from across the country who have been recognized by their communities. As the next step in the awards process, Mierzwik is now submitting an application to be considered for the 2006 Disney Teacher of the Year Award.
Diane said, “It is such an honor to be remembered by a student and to be so highly thought of as to be nominated for this recognition.”
“Diane is an accomplished writer and has amazing skill at teaching students to write. Students and parents alike love her class and ask to be placed with her,” said Jeff Litel, her principal.
Since 1989, Disney Teacher Awards have been presented to teachers who construct learning environments where students and teachers alike explore, imagine and engage in a variety of stimulating ideas and experiences. Specifically, the program honors those teachers whose approaches exemplify creativity in teaching and who inspire a joy of learning in their students.
“Sixteen years ago, we started celebrating local heroes by establishing the annual Disney Teacher Awards to celebrate and honor America’s finest educators,” said Terry Wick, vice president, Disney Worldwide Outreach. “This nomination process shows thousands of teachers across the country how much their work means to their students, colleagues and communities.”
In addition to letters of recommendation, Mierzwik will submit an application that includes several professional reflection essays describing her classroom and approach to teaching, the impact of high stakes testing, how she approaches collaboration in her school and career and an event that shaped her as a teacher. A committee comprised of education experts from around the country will then review the nominee applications and select the 2006 Disney Teacher Award Honorees.
The Honorees will be announced in late spring and celebrated at a red-carpet Awards Gala in July. During the Gala, four Honorees will be selected as Outstanding Teachers and one will be named the 2006 Disney Teacher of the Year. In addition, the Honorees each receive $10,000, a $5,000 grant for their schools and a six-day professional development institute with their principals at the Walt Disney World Resort. At the institute, teachers share ideas to refine their innovative teaching approaches and learn how to engage other teachers to build an effective collaborative teaching culture at their schools.