National council names Loveland teacher top in nation for excellence
The Loveland City School District is pleased to announce Loveland Elementary School (LES) Teacher Heidi Weber is the winner of the 2013 Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of English, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Weber will be formally announced as the award recipient during the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention in Boston November 21.

“We are thrilled Mrs. Weber is being recognized on a national stage for the efforts she puts forth inside her third-grade classroom each and every day,” said Chad Hilliker, Loveland superintendent. “She is very deserving of this recognition and we applaud her dedication to the students she serves.”

Established in 2001 by Donald H. Graves (1930-2010), professor emeritus in the early childhood program at the University of New Hampshire and renowned educator, researcher, and author on writing, this award recognizes teachers in grades K-6 who demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in the teaching of writing. Applicants are judged on a reflective essay and the submissions of student writing samples; the winner receives a cash award.

“Mrs. Weber makes it personal, and that is the difference she delivers in her classroom,” said Jennifer Forren, LES principal. “Mrs. Weber allows her students see her as a writer – thinking aloud and composing her own thoughts and ideas – to demonstrate effective writing skills. She has been a school leader in the incorporation of technology into her classroom with Nooks, iPod audiobooks, digital cameras, and projectors. We are so proud of what she has accomplished.”

For more information about the NCTE Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing, including past winners, see http://www.ncte.org/awards/graves.
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