Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Awards Presented by Greenville Federal Credit Union

During today’s Teacher of the Year breakfast, Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster announced two Emerging Teachers of the Year.

Katie Inclan, a second grade teacher at Plain Elementary School, was named the Elementary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year, and Matthew Giacalone, a seventh grade science teacher at Greenville Middle Academy, was named Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year.

The Emerging Teachers of the Year Program, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union, recognizes two second or third year teachers for outstanding performance. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for their school.

Katie Inclan Elementary Emerging Teacher of the Year

When Katie Inclan realized students were not mastering certain math skills, she researched best teaching practices to create a new math curriculum for small group instruction. Not only did she share her ideas with her peers, she also assisted them in adapting the ideas for their classrooms.

Ms. Inclan connects with students to build self-confidence, to challenge them to do their best, and to teach them to be risk-takers. She has designed an early morning reading skills intervention program to assist students beyond the classroom. She builds a classroom community focused on important social skills needed to work effectively as a team. 

Matthew GiacaloneSecondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year

Matt Giacalone’s vast knowledge of teaching practices allows him to engage, challenge, and support his students. He is a natural learner, constantly striving to improve by keeping abreast of relevant scientific information. He shares his enthusiasm for science with his grade-level team by working one-on-one with a student or by offering support at school functions.

Mr. Giacalone’s lesson plans include reading, writing, and vocabulary. He encourages students to be note-takers to help them organize content. He collaborates with organizations to bring field trips into the school to highlight science, math, and technology.

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