Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors® Presents Two Public Schools Grants

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The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors® (GBRAR) is proud to present two outstanding East Baton Rouge Parish Schools educators with the Teachers’ Award of Excellence Grant. GBRAR has presented the Teachers’ Award of Excellence Grants for the last five years.

The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors® presented the Teachers' Award of Excellence Grant to Jamie Noel, an assistant principal and teacher at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School.

Sherwood Middle students Darion Faulkner, Ethan Sam, Shawntiana Sanders, Sherwood Middle Assistant Principal and teacher Jamie Noel, students Jena Stone and Tammy Ho

We’re so proud to support these teachers and our public schools, said Pat Wattam, GBRAR President. Educators work so hard, and Realtors® strongly value community service and involvement.

The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors® (GBRAR) is proud to present two outstanding East Baton Rouge Parish Schools educators with the Teachers’ Award of Excellence Grant. On May 8, 2013, the Association presented teacher Kathy Coldwell of Twin Oaks Elementary a $995.00 grant for her iRead with iPods program. On May 9, 2013, the Association presented assistant principal and teacher Jamie Noel of Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School a $1,000.00 grant for her Apple a Day program.

“We’re so proud to support these teachers and our public schools,” said Pat Wattam, GBRAR President. “Educators work so hard.” Wattam also pointed out that “Realtors® strongly value community service and involvement.”

Coldwell’s iRead with iPods program provided her third grade students with iPods so that they could practice reading both silently and aloud. The students recorded themselves and listened to the recordings to discover where they needed improvement. “They also became performers,” said Coldwell. “The text came alive when they could hear it in their own voices. It has helped with self-esteem and comprehension.” Coldwell said test results prove the program’s positive results; students have either shown improvements or stayed on level in reading tests even as material got harder at the end of the academic year. “Our principal is impressed with the results, and is expanding the program,” said Coldwell.

Noel’s Apple a Day program provided iPads as learning tools for her creative writing class. Students used the multimedia technology to expand the boundaries of traditional creative writing. “In five years I believe most learning will be done using technology,” said Noel. “It’s important to give students the skills necessary to negotiate that as early as possible.” Noel’s students also used the iPads throughout the writing process, from Noel’s introduction of the subject, to final products, which could be videos. “It just makes learning a lot more fun,” said Darion Faulkner, a participating student. Other participating students said they appreciated how green the program was, saving on paper, and that it improved their computer skills, teaching them to efficiently search the web. Noel says standardized testing shows the program has helped the students’ reading skills.

GBRAR has presented the Teachers’ Award of Excellence Grants for the last five years. The grants also come with a luncheon for the school’s faculty to show GBRAR’s appreciation for the educator’s hard work.    

About GBRAR
The Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association of over 2,200 real estate professionals in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.

Our members abide by a strict code of ethics and have access to a wide variety of business services that are not available to non-REALTORS®. This gives them a competitive edge in the marketplace, enabling them to provide superior services to buyers and sellers of real property.

GBRAR members include licensed real estate brokers and agents, certified appraisers, and others in affiliated businesses in the jurisdiction as assigned by the National Association of REALTORS®. That jurisdiction is made up of the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Ascension, Point Coupee, St. Helena.

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