PBS honors nation's best teachers

Today, PBS celebrated 50 of the nation's most innovative preK-12 educators. The PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program honors teachers who are transforming classroom learning and providing children with the tools they need to reach their full potential. All winners will receive instructional technology resources from PBS and its partners and participate in a peer-to-peer network to share best practices using public digital media. The top 10 winners will receive a SMART Board™ Interactive Whiteboard System, a Logitech camera and are invited to the PBS annual membership meeting.

Through the online resource PBS Teachers, the winners' submissions will be featured as best practices case studies.

The top 10 award recipients are:

Kareen Borders, science teacher, Key Peninsula Middle School, Lakebay, Wash.
Tricia Fuglestad, art teacher, Dryden Elementary School, Arlington Heights, Ill.
George Hademenos, science teacher, Richardson High School, Richardson, Texas
Louisa Hodges, upper elementary science teacher, Bethany Christian School, Baker, La.
Colleen Howard, middle school science teacher, Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, Ariz.
Michael Lampert, science teacher, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.
Samantha Melvin, art teacher, RJ Richey Elementary School, Burnet, Texas
Fanny Perez Michaud, high school science teacher, Rockland BOCES Career & Technical Education Center, West Nyack, N.Y.
Robert Schechter, reading/language arts teacher, Sunny Brae Elementary, Winnetka, Calif.
Monica Schnee, elementary ESL teacher, New Bridge Center, River Edge, N.J.