Journal of the Effective Schools Project, Volume 18, 2011 Page: 73
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Bank Branch on Campus
Camp Write Along
2010 Instructional Leadership Award Winners
Ms. Judy Jones, second grade reading teacher, Alvarado Elementary North, who exemplifies the idea "Whatever
It Takes" according to a peer, is the 2011 Teacher Excellence Award winner. Ms. Jones states that "whether her
students are listening to stories on a computer, playing an interactive game, doing games on my Leapsters, or read-
ing novels and books in small groups, all of my students are reading, learning, and enjoy being able to reach their
small goals which continue to lead them to accomplish their big goals: to be a confident, successful individual
with no boundaries and limits."
Ms. Jones' day starts at 6:50 as she prepares to tutor students at 7:20 or read with students on independent AR
books while other students are busy working on computers. Her class, in her own words, "looks like organized
chaos as the students move through reading class. One group works on computers while others work on Leappads,
Leapsters, art centers, reading games, or SMARTBoard games, while I am reading in small groups." This descrip-
tion certainly supports her principal's statement that "walking into her classroom is always a treat. You will see
differentiation in place in so many forms."
A parent stated that "Judy's climate of high expectations benefited both of her children." She was informed of her
children's progress with regular progress reports and weekly newsletters. Ms. Jones "serves as an advocate for
children and helps parents feel that they are an important part of their children's education."
Whether you step into Ms. Jones classroom for the overnight Camp Write Along or her after school reading club,
you will see her students having fun as she throws in laughter and things that they are interested in doing.
The ESP Leadership Team and Tarleton State University salute you for working to ensure that students become
successful readers and connecting with parents and peers.
Ms. Lauri Mapes, Principal, Glen Rose Intermediate School, Glen Rose, Texas, who in the words of a teacher,
"balances the many challenges of campus leadership, remembering that the needs of students come first". Ms.
Mapes "supports us, challenges us, and creates a campus climate whereby we are successful."
Mrs. Mapes' vision, when she became principal in 2008, was to become partners with parents and community
members. To accomplish this vision, she organized parent meetings and conducted surveys with the help of the
PTO. Using this support and information, Glen Rose Intermediate established the Trunk or Treat, Jingle Bell Run,
Book Fairs, and Science Night. She initiated the successful Watch Dog Program that invites fathers to spend time
at school. The school partnered with a local bank to create a student-run branch, and all students now have saving
accounts. Fund raising events held on campus benefit Barnard's Mill and Fossil Rim Wild Life Park. When you
visit Fossil Rim, look for two cheetah cubs that were named Ranger and Strike by Glen Rose Intermediate stu-
Ms. Mapes led her campus in discovering the work of Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea. To ensure that her
teachers and students were aware of his work before the ESP presentation in January 2009, she purchased copies
for her teachers to read, condensed electronic copies for the students, and loaded the book on iTouches. Then to
help the students make connections to the real world based on their readings, she supported students when they The
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