Four Noblesville Schools’ teachers who regularly demonstrate new and exciting ways to connect with their students through innovative techniques were recognized March 11.
The four educators named 2015 Innovative Teachers of the Year were nominated by their peers and then selected by a committee of teachers and administrators. One teacher was chosen to represent each academic level: kindergarten to second grade, grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. This year’s honorees include:
● Lauren Caldwell, kindergarten at Hazel Dell Elementary, who provides student-led problem solving opportunities in her classroom and is creating a learning environment using digital tools that connects her kindergarten students to the larger world in which they live.
● Noble Crossing Elementary media specialist Jessica Homan has created “makerspaces” in the school library to encourage creative thinking and has launched a Kindle digital reading program, student computer coding clubs and a school-wide genius fair.
● Kelly Geisleman, seventh-grade social studies at Noblesville East Middle School, is seen as a leader by her peers and is a go-to resource for ideas and assistance regarding classroom technology use, creative student engagement practices and successful student-centered learning experiences.
● NHS art teacher Kayti Hahn is bringing innovative approaches to the classroom and creating a larger audience for her students’ work by incorporating digital media interaction into student exams and launching public student art shows in downtown Noblesville.
The winners were presented an award made by Noblesville High School students and a $250 professional development grant. Their names will also be engraved on a plaque displayed at the district administrative headquarters. Noblesville Schools employs approximately 650 teachers.