The 2011 Miller Foundation Awards event honoring local high school teachers was recently held at Portland’s Benson Hotel. Seven out of 33 honorees are GSE alumni and will be receiving monetary awards of up to $5,000 each to support programs at their schools. In addition to the individual prizes, each award is accompanied by a cash prize for the recipient’s school.
These teachers, who are chosen early in their careers, will utilize their awards for things like classroom projects and continuing professional development activities. For example, Sarah Kaye Crunelle, ’08, MEd ’09, will use her award to investigate what high school students need in order to be successful in college level chemistry classes. She is a chemistry and environmental science teacher at Portland Public School’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School.
Douglas Howe, ’02, GTEP ’10, is a physics and engineering teacher at Portland’s Harriet Tubman Leadership Academic for Young Women in Portland. His award helps finance engineering curriculum for his ninth and tenth grade students. “The Miller Foundation will help us fund ‘Project Lead the Way,” he says. It is a national program that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. “The project gives them access to engaging, hands-on curriculum that is relevant. Project Lead the Way will give them professional experiences and tools that are timely and appropriate.” Douglas Howe has a BS in mechanical engineering and is working on a thesis for a MST in physics.
The Miller Foundation has been helping support arts and education in Oregon since 2002. A recent grant for sustainability education was awarded to PSU and totaled over 25 million dollars. It was the largest gift received by PSU to date.
About the Miller Foundation
The James F. and Marion L. Miller awards are intended to “…provide public high school teachers with opportunities for growth and development, with the goal of strengthening their commitment to, interest in, and effectiveness in a long-term classroom teaching career. The ultimate goal is helping teachers pursue activities that will stimulate and nurture student achievement.”
2010-11 Teaching Award Recipients
Elizabeth Crow, Teacher, Roosevelt High School, MEd ’09
Sarah Kaye Crunelle, Teacher, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School, ’08, MEd ’09
Kathryn Favali, Teacher, ACT @ Roosevelt High School, MEd ’08
Haley Harkema, Teacher, Hood River Valley High School, MEd ’09
Douglas Howe, Teacher, Harriet Tubman, ’02, GTEP ’10
Erin Mahony, Teacher, Newberg High School, ’07, MEd ’08
Kesia Micheletti, Teacher, Parkrose High School, ’00, MEd ’07