Sewell Elementary School teacher wins an ING ‘Unsung Heroes’ award | News
Candace Doerr, a Sewell Elementary teacher was one of 2013 ING Unsung Heroes award winners. A program that ING introduced some 17 years ago that honors educators from across the U.S. who work tirelessly, and many times without recognition, to help make an impact in the classroom on their students.
Several of the winning programs over the years have enabled teachers to bring innovative and engaging teaching techniques to their students, after traditional funding from districts has run out.
One such innovative program the ‘Sting-array App’, created by Doerr won an award in 2013. Her submission was just 1 of a 100 that won recognition in this year’s competition. The Sewell Elementary teacher will receive a $2000 grant to help fund her new app. She will go on to compete with other winners from across the U.S. for an even larger prize of either $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from ING.
According to an ING news release on the award the “Sting-array App”, Doerr’s creative teaching idea, will “allow third-grade students to create a new Apple iPad app that promotes multiplication fact fluency. The digital sting-arrays have a series of dots on their backs, arranged into equal groups. Students will then “tag” their tails with the correct multiplication fact corresponding to the array. For example, a sting-array with two groups of three dots becomes tagged as 2x3=6. Students will collaborate just like real marine biologist research teams. Students will develop information about their sting-arrays, presenting information as an online field guide to function as an educational app. They will then inform the entire school and the world about the Sting-Array app by developing interactive presentations and online promotions. By using iPads, they will access online graphic organizers, showcase pictures of their sting-arrays using graphic art websites, and begin the process of transforming their work into an app using free online application development programs. Doerr, who lives in Tucson, hopes her program further engages students with the use of technology, while embracing their critical thinking skills.”
“ING U.S. is honored to salute these outstanding teachers for their innovative ideas and dedication to America’s youth,” said Jamie Ohl, president of Tax-Exempt Markets for ING U.S. Retirement Solutions, in the same release. “Each day, we help individuals prepare for a secure financial future, and we are proud to help these men and women who prepare students for their future. With this grant Candace Doerr is receiving through our ING Unsung Heroes program, her project can continue making an impact on the children she serves.”
ING began the Unsung Heroes program in 1996 to demonstrate the company’s commitment to the education community. Over the past several years, the program has awarded more than $4 million to 1,800 kindergarten through 12th grade educators for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach.
The 2013 ING Unsung Heroes winners were selected from a group of nearly 1,300 applications. To learn more about this year’s winning projects, as well as those from previous years, visit the ING Unsung Heroes website (unsungheroes.com).
More information about the program can also be found on the ING Unsung Heroes Facebook page (facebook.com/unsungheroesgrant) where people can like and share the page to encourage more educators to apply.
Applications for the 2014 ING Unsung Heroes awards are currently being accepted through the website.