At HMH, we love celebrating teachers and education leaders like you—for all that you do, in and out of the classroom. That’s why we’re announcing our five 180 Educator Award winners during National Teacher Appreciation Week. The winners below, nominated by their colleagues and peers, showed that with perseverance and persistence, you can help students overcome personal and academic challenges and enable them to grow as learners.
HMH is honoring educators who have implemented or use one of our blended intervening learning programs—READ 180, MATH 180, or System 44—in their classroom or school. The winners receive a trip to our Annual Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., being held from June 23–26, 2019, and either a gift certificate for professional development or a paperback classroom library.
Below, see the list of winners.
READ 180 Stage A
WINNER: Hector McCormick
Lake Hills Elementary School, Bellevue, Washington
Students in Hector McCormick’s fifth grade READ 180 class understand that he sets high expectations for their growth in reading, and they work hard every day to reach those expectations—and often surpass them.
Mr. McCormick infuses rigorous, culturally-relevant instruction paired with strong social and emotional support. He makes learning authentic through the implementation of buddy classroom visits where older striving students mentor younger students, helping them build self-confidence, literacy skills, and community involvement.
"READ 180 is an electronic-based reading intervention program that identifies and addresses individual student needs through differentiated instruction," Mr. McCormick said. "Since using this program, I have found it very easy to fit it in my literacy block due to its flexibility. The highlight of the READ 180 program is when we, as a class, celebrate student success, and I start to see confident readers."
"Hector is an incredibly dedicated fifth-grade teacher who works hard to know each of his students and their academic and personal needs," said Vicky Capestany, Literacy Facilitator at Lake Hills Elementary School. "Hector has taken an innovative approach with his use of the READ 180 program and dives deeply into the available data to create meaningful instruction decisions. He clearly outlines his learning plans and goals, collaborates widely, and makes powerful interpersonal connections, seeking out the expertise of his colleagues, student families, and students themselves."