News release from the Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association
(Aurora, Ind.) - Randy Dennis, social studies teacher at South Dearborn Middle School, has been selected as the 2010-11 Educator Award winner for the Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association. This is the second year for this award and gives Dennis up to $500 to be spent on needed classroom supplies.
Randy Dennis accepts the 2010-11 Educator Award
from the Dearborn County Retired Teachers
Association. In the photo are Etta Boswick, Marilyn
Cook-Booker, 2010 Educator Award winner Randy
Dennis, Dearborn County Retired Teacher President
Jim Pierce, and Educator Award Chair Betty
Dennis has been selected from the many entrants who were nominated by their colleagues or administrators at their respective Dearborn Co. Schools. At the award ceremony he commented that “in this economy, it is unheard of for teachers to receive $500 for classroom supplies.” He was most appreciative of the opportunities the award will provide.
The Dearborn County Retired Teachers’ Award is a result of the award-winning Teachers’ Treasures Sale which was held last year to recognize young educators who are making a difference in our local schools.
Working in pairs or small groups, students in Mr. Dennis’ class are involved in numerous projects to produce artifacts such as exploratory maps, timelines, campaign posters, and biography charts. They must simulate political rallies, protest marches, campaign speeches, Civil War fleets, and telegraphy.
Using the $500 which has been awarded to him, Dennis will buy materials for semaphore flags and Civil War shelters, food for slave ship relations, poster boards for maps, game boards, picket signs, and political campaign posters. Markers, paints, crayon, and colored pencils are just a few of the basic supplies which are needed for his hands-on activities.
According to Dennis, “History is a subject that is very much alive. Students must understand why it is one of the most important subjects they will study in school. This should not be accomplished through lecture: it must occur through hands-on activities which put the students into the shoe of the people from that time period.”
Dennis, a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Saint Mary, has taught U.S. history for South Dearborn Middle School for the past seven years. The instructional leader for his four-person social studies, he also is the sponsor for the National Junior Honor Society, head coach for the academic team, a seventh and eight grade football coach, and the building rep for the middle school.
A resident of Dillsboro, Dennis and his wife Sara have three children. His wife is also an educator, having taught Spanish at South Ripley High School before resigning to stay home with the couple’s young children.
The Dearborn County Educator Award recently won state recognition as an outstanding project at the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. It is currently being considered for national recognition. As a local affiliate of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, the Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association “strives to promote the welfare of Indiana’s retired teachers, encourage and perpetuate education, and provide community leadership, service, and guidance.”
The Dearborn County Retired Teacher Association is open to any active teacher through its associate membership, any retired teacher from anywhere in the United States, and those who are interested in advancing the needs of retired teachers and educators. Any active educator is encouraged to submit an application for the $500 grant/award. Administrators and colleagues are invited to nominate worthy applicants.
For additional information about the Dearborn County Retired Teachers, contact Jim Pierce, DCRTA President, 623-5125, or Betty Bourquein, Educator Grant/Award Chair, 934-4454.