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  • Clarissa Stevenson named Indian River’s Teacher of the Year

  • The Indian River School District honored the best of the best among its schools’ educators on April 10 with a special ceremony held at Baywood Greens in Long Neck.
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    • MORE ABOUT STEVENSON

      AGE: 36


      HOMETOWN: Georgetown


      CURRENT LOCATION: Georgetown


      SUBJECT: Social Studies


      YEARS WITH INDIAN RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT: 10 (taught in the Raleigh, N.C....

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      MORE ABOUT STEVENSON

      AGE: 36



      HOMETOWN: Georgetown



      CURRENT LOCATION: Georgetown



      SUBJECT: Social Studies



      YEARS WITH INDIAN RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT: 10 (taught in the Raleigh, N.C. area for three years, and then one year at Lake Forest Central Elementary before moving to IR)



      YEARS WITH MILLSBORO MIDDLE SCHOOL: 10

  • The Indian River School District honored the best of the best among its schools’ educators on April 10 with a special ceremony held at Baywood Greens in Long Neck.
    The district recognized all 15 of its school Teachers of the Year with video presentations and an awards ceremony. The festivities culminated with the announcement that Millsboro Middle School social studies teacher Clarissa Stevenson had been chosen to represent Indian River as the district’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Stevenson, who has been teaching for the district for 10 years, will now compete for the title of Delaware Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in October.
    Q How does it feel to be named Indian River's Teacher of the Year?
    A  It is an honor to receive the recognition because I am very aware of all of the talented and committed teachers we have in this district. I am a proud graduate of IRSD, so it feels great to be able to support and represent the dedication our district has to our students.  
    Q What made you want to pursue a career in teaching?  
    A I had several experiences early on in my own educational career that made me realize the impact a teacher can have on his or her students’ lives and I wanted to be part of that. 
    Q What do you enjoy most about teaching and what lessons do you try to instill to your students?  
    A I love witnessing learning in action; it never ceases to amaze me how much a student can grow and improve in one school year.  The best part is when students “get it”—how they understand the Patriot’s frustration over taxation without representation when we do our taxation simulation or when they make connections between a historical time period and the present.  Not only do I want my students to know the content (history, civics, economics, geography), but it is equally important that they are able to discuss, debate, analyze, strategize, and work together to identify solutions to problems.  These higher-order thinking skills will pay off in all classes, as well as later in their careers.  I try to instill in my students that hard work, commitment, and challenging yourself play a large role in being successful. No one starts out as an expert; you have to work at it. 
    Q Looking ahead at the year ahead, what are your goals as Indian River’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year? 
    A My goal is to encourage all teachers to continue to purposefully incorporate lessons and activities that include those skills that will equip our students to be able to participate in civic discourse − thought-provoking discussions, evidenced-based debates, and project-based learning experiences. All of our students will be citizens throughout their entire lives, whether they stay in our community or move to the other side of the world, and they will be expected to solve problems we have yet to identify, so we must prepare them. 

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