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Education Briefs for May 14

Radloff receives Teacher of the Year award from local teachers’ union

Vickie Radloff, high school EL (English Learner) teacher, was recently awarded Marshall Education Association’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year.

The following is an excerpt from her nomination:

“Vickie creates an environment for her EL students to succeed and have a sense of belonging. Her influence and impact on her students are far greater than teaching them English. She genuinely cares for her students and provides a plethora of opportunities for students to be successful by providing homework help and snacks or whatever else they might need. Vickie maintains a safe and inviting room that ensures students know they all belong. Vickie’s classroom door doesn’t close at 3:45. Often she can be found in her room late in the afternoon and on weekends, assisting students with their homework, prepping them for their drivers or citizenship tests, and helping them complete college applications, FAFSA forms, and job applications. Vickie attends soccer games, church services, and other activities the students may be involved in. Vickie is more than an EL teacher; she is a life changer.

“Vickie is always growing professionally; she attends professional development that she implements into her classroom. She has extensive experience implementing and training staff in the SIOP model and presenting at professional development days.

“Vickie loves her students and her job! During passing times you will find her by her door in the hallway greeting and checking-in with students. She continues to check-in on her students after they graduate to be sure they know she is always there for them. Vickie has been a mentor to staff and shares her wisdom, training, strategies, and teaching resources. But, most importantly, she continually demonstrates her love and advocacy for her students.”

Radloff is retiring this year after 40 years in education.

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