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CCSD Teacher Named to Inaugural National Extraordinary Educators Group

Posted On: Friday, December 13, 2019

Olivia Ruggirello

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named to a new national group of top educators!

Johnston Elementary School kindergarten teacher Olivia Ruggirello is one of 31 teachers from across the country selected by Curriculum Associates for its inaugural Extraordinary Educators recognition program.

The selected teachers “exhibit best-in-class use of i-Ready and/or Ready [math instructional resources designed by Curriculum Associates] in their classroom, illustrate growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrate classroom innovation and engagement practices for students, are evangelists for high standards and student achievement” and have been teaching for at least two years.

“We’re so proud to see one of our outstanding teachers earn recognition for excellence in teaching math and engaging kids in learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We know she will represent us well and share the knowledge she gains through this opportunity with her students and colleagues.”

The honorees have been invited to attend and present at the two-day Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit in July 2020 and will be invited to other professional learning events throughout the year.

“As a company founded by passionate educators, we have deep respect for the powerful ways in which talented teachers impact the lives of their students,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “We are proud to recognize and learn from these Extraordinary Educators and look forward to sharing their innovative practices that support student achievement.”

Ms. Ruggirello will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s Jan. 16 meeting.


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