Kelly Price, a fifth grade teacher at Bayville Intermediate School, received the Margaret Simon Award for Excellence in Elementary Social Studies Education from the Long Island Council for the Social Studies.
To receive this award, a teacher must not only advocate social studies on the elementary level but integrate its study into multiple facets of the elementary program. Nominated by Coordinator of Social Studies and Business Bryan Sarandrea, Ms. Price is described as going above and beyond to cultivate civic knowledge and responsibility in her classroom.
“The emergence of Mrs. Price as a champion for elementary social studies has allowed her to provide leadership on important district social studies initiatives,” Mr. Sarandrea said. “She is an inspiration to her students and colleagues and is the perfect candidate for recognition as an outstanding elementary school social studies teacher.”
Ms. Price developed a classroom social studies program called “We Have Character,” which not only ties in with other classroom subjects but provides students the opportunity to collaborate with younger students. Ms. Price’s classroom regularly collaborates with second-grade teacher Dani Schatz. Each month, the fifth graders are taught and focus on a new character trait, becoming teachers and mentors to the younger students through specially designed activities centered around the introduced trait. Some of the activities included thank-you letters and a panel interview with local veterans. They collectively created “Jars of Joy,” jars filled with messages to boost first responders’ spirits. They also displayed empathy and provided emotional support by gifting cards and sunglasses to the Matthew Fetzer Foundation, a children’s cancer foundation.
“My goal with social studies is to teach students to become better human beings and to learn the value of citizenship,” Ms. Price said.
As a winner of the Margaret Simon Award for Excellence in Elementary Social Studies Education, Ms. Price will be honored at an award ceremony on June 9. She will also have the opportunity to present her program at the 41st annual LICSS Conference.
The district congratulates Ms. Price on this outstanding accomplishment.
Date Added: 5/13/2022