Educator Awards

We're excited to announce the 2017 Educator Winners. You can read their bios below, and read the official press release here

Stephanie Capan
Pittsburgh Langley K-8 School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Faced with the challenge of teaching frustrated math students a subject that they had learned to dislike, Ms. Capan and a colleague worked tirelessly to integrate MATH 180 into her lesson plans. As a result, Ms. Capan’s classroom Quantile™ has grown by an average of 311 points. One student says, “I like math now and feel confident when I work through problems…I feel like I will be ready for Algebra next year when I go to high school, thanks to Ms. Capan.”  


Amy Dendinger

Tiffin Middle School, Tiffin, Ohio

Ms. Dendinger is a reading intervention specialist dedicated to helping her students push past their comfort zones to achieve success that they ultimately never believed was possible. Because of this positive mentality, Ms. Dendinger’s average classroom Lexile™ has grown by 175 points, and 100 percent of her students have met their growth levels in the READ 180 program. 


Andrew Locke

Floyd Light Middle School, Portland, Oregon

As a teacher in the David Douglas School District, one of the most diverse districts in the state of Oregon, Mr. Locke works hard to create a sense of community in his System 44 classroom, developing meaningful relationships with every student and inspiring them to grow both personally and academically. His efforts have resulted in an average classroom Lexile™ growth of 210 points. 


Victor Soria

Grace M. Davis High School, Modesto, California

In Mr. Soria’s READ 180 classroom, 100 percent of his students are English Learners who have been in the United States for less than four years. His focus on creating a safe and welcoming classroom environment coupled with high expectations, a positive attitude and constant words of encouragement has resulted in an average classroom Lexile™ growth of 144 points. “His advice has not only helped me in his class,” says one student, “it has helped me in all of them, and in my life.”  


Lynn Thrailkill

Rosemont Elementary School, LaGrange, Georgia

Ms. Thrailkill’s high expectations and belief that each of her students can and will succeed results in a classroom full of students who are eager to embrace learning and a growth mindset through the READ 180 program. Colleagues describe Ms. Thrailkill as “an outstanding educator who yields student success in everything she teaches,” which is evident from her average classroom Lexile™ growth of 97 points.


About the Awards

Each year, we ask educators to nominate their colleagues to recognize their dedication and achievements inside and outside the classroom. In previous years, more than $25,000 dollars has been awarded to outstanding READ 180, Math 180, and System 44 students and their teachers. 

The prizes for educators are: an invitation to attend the 2017 Model Schools Conference in Nashville, TN (June 26-29) as an honorary guest. Approximate retail value of $1400) and one classroom book set worth up to $300. The nominator of each winning READ 180 and System 44 educator will receive one READ 180 paperback library for their classroom (worth of to $599.00). The nominator of each winning MATH 180 educator will be given a gift certificate of $1,000) for professional development publications from Math Solutions.