posted by: Cindy Omlin
| April 18, 2013, 09:59 PM
We are proud to announce that Leora White, an NWPE member in Nampa School District, Idaho, has been honored with a $200 NWPE scholarship award to attend and present at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Denver, CO, this April. Leora, a math teacher at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa, stated that the conference will help with implementation of the Idaho State Common Core Standards and raise student achievement in areas identified as needing improvement. Mrs. Brenda Miller, an NWPE member representative, awarded the grant at an 8th grade assembly.
“NWPE is proud to reward educators for their hard work and creativity in the classroom. Leora’s award is certainly well-deserved as she seeks ways to increase student achievement,” commented Cindy Omlin, NWPE Executive Director.
A member of NWPE for five years, Leora appreciates having a nonunion option for professionalism and protection. “When I began teaching, I joined the NEA/IEA. I appreciated the professional ‘protection’ offered, but was uncomfortable with some of the political views and activities of the organization. After a few years, I dropped the membership and purchased liability insurance through my membership in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Several years ago, I visited the NWPE booth at the Idaho Middle Level Association conference. I was impressed not only with the liability protection, but also with the pro-education stance and the focus on only educational issues. I appreciate the newsletters and professional resources as well.”
Congratulations to Leora and we hope you have a very rewarding trip and conference!