Walker Elementary Receives 2018 QSiEN Award for Positive School Environment, Culture and Climate. 

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Walker News

20 June 2019

  • Walker Teachers Invest in the Future of Teaching, and Students Benefit

    Last Wednesday evening, in Montezuma Hall of SDSU’s new Student Center, Cristy McConahey was honored as a 2018-19 Exemplary Guide Teacher.  That same evening, Nicole Davis, a Student Teacher in Mrs. Silva’s kindergarten class, received honors as the top teaching candidate of her SDSU cohort.  Seven other Walker Student Teachers received formal credentials and a warm welcome into the teaching profession.

    Here’s the best part: the real winners were Walker students!

    Through a strong partnership with San Diego State’s School of Education, several expert and veteran Walker teachers invest in the development of aspiring teacher candidates each year.  In this role, Walker “guide teachers” model best practices, coach their new colleagues, and prepare them for careers in teaching and learning.

    In addition to the support of capable guides, pre-service teachers benefit from the challenge of helping such a diverse group of learners experience success in the classroom.  Walker is the proud home of promising students, with over 20 different languages spoken, 10% military families, over 25% “homeless/doubling up,” 50% emerging bilinguals, and 85% qualifying for free and reduced lunches.  This level of diversity in the classroom pushes teachers to plan lessons for an uber diverse set of learners. It compels them to utilize research-proven strategies. And it offers a learning environment where progress and daily success are both expected and evident.

    Pre-service teachers like Nicole Davis feel more than ready after their time at Walker. “Teaching at Walker was arealexperience.  [While still a student teacher], everyone made me feel just like them. I was able to try things and get honest feedback.” Nicole adds, “I am prepared to teach in a diverse setting like Walker.”

    Guide teachers benefit from the added expertise in the classroom as well. Guide Teacher Kristen Silva rattles off the benefits, “They add enthusiasm and energy to our classrooms.  They bring evidence-based practices. And their technology skills are off the charts.” She smiles and and concludes, “I learn as much from them, as they learn from me.”

    In the end, students benefit from cutting edge teaching strategies, additional teacher presence, and access to some of the best young teachers that are poised to make contributions in our profession.

    “We look forward to continued partnership with SDSU’s School of Education,” Principal Phillips shares.  “These pre-service teachers add emphasis and action to our commitment to professional learning.

    "Judging from the accolades of the 2018-19 class of teachers, our profession is in good hands.

    “And we are in a great position to add top teaching talent to our staff,” adds Phillips.

  • Colleagues Honor Grace Nall, Success Maker Awardee

    Grace Nall once worked as a journalist.  Now, she helps young Authors, Illustrators, and Journalists (AIJ) discover passion and talent in the same field.

    Grace became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2010.  Now, she helps second grade students, who are learning to read, transition into reading to learn.

    Grace has a deep love of literature and stories.  At Walker, she leverages relationships with authors to make Read Across America unforgettable at Walker.

    Grace values collaboration.  This school year, she worked with a team to implement Number Talks, an approach to math problem solving that focuses on the process, across the second grade.

    We are pleased to announce that Grace Nall is being recognized with the Mission Federal Credit Union Success Maker award for her efforts to create conditions of success for students at Walker.

    It's clear that Grace is highly motivated and satisfied in her work.  In her words, "I love seeing colleagues and families working together.  I love to see kids' eyes light up when they get a new book.  I love to contribute to school events that make Walker feel like family."

    In the words of one colleague, who nominated Grace for this award: "Grace is an amazing person and educator....  She is accommodating, creative, and dedicated to students, parents, and our school.  She dedicates time and effort well beyond what is typical."

    In honor of Grace's dedication to seeing Walker students experience success, she will receive $100 in tools/items of her choice to support continued development in her second grade class or the AIJ club.  Congratulations, Grace!

     

  • Robotics
    We are recruiting early elementary students at Walker Elementary to form a Junior Robotics team for the 2019-2020 school year.  Next year, we will be participating in F.I.R.S.T. LEGO Junior’s Challenge and Expo. No experience is necessary. There is no cost to participate.  Kids just need to show up to team meetings, do their best, and have fun.

    F.I.R.S.T. Lego Junior is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving them world around them.  This program features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination. (The details of the ‘19-’20 challenge will be released in August.) Students will work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts, and then present them for review.
     
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