Dr. Dutko reacts as she hears Dr. Hightower name her as the award winner, as her colleagues cheer.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has presented his final award of the year for instructional excellence!
Dr. Hightower surprised Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy instructional lead strategist Dr. Julie Dutko with his Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award for Instructional Support during a meeting Tuesday with her colleagues, who cheered her on as she accepted the honor.
“This particular award is given to an employee who is not an everyday classroom teacher, but someone who supports teaching and learning every day,” Dr. Hightower said as he recognized Dr. Dutko, who earlier this spring was tapped to serve as an Assistant Principal next school year at Teasley Middle School. “She did a great job as an academic coach and a classroom teacher, and, this year, as an instructional lead strategist. We believe in the job you’ve done!”
The Instructional Support honor, which is awarded to an employee with a support role, is one of the four categories of the annual awards Dr. Hightower began last school year and describes as CCSD’s “premier awards.” Dr. Dutko is an instructional lead strategist, or ILS, a teaching coach position that provides classroom teachers assistance in creating lessons, meeting curriculum standards and implementing new initiatives, such as the Balanced Literacy approach to reading in the primary grades.
“I was completely taken back when Dr. Hightower called my name, as I looked around the room at all of the ‘real game changers,’” she said to her colleagues upon accepting the award. “I am so proud of all that Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy teachers have accomplished this year. These are your game changers, right here. I’m extremely honored to have even been considered, yet alone chosen, for this award.”
The three other Game Changer Awards are: Instructional Leadership, which recognizes a Principal or CCSD administrator and was presented to Avery ES Principal Dr. Lisa Turner; Instructional Advocacy, which recognizes an employee or community member and was presented to School Board Chair Kyla Cromer; and Instructional Excellence, which recognizes a classroom teacher and was presented to Woodstock HS teacher Kelly Burke.
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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower surprises Holly Springs ES STEM Academy instructional lead strategist Dr. Julie Dutko with his Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award for Instructional Support.