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Teacher of the Year

Katie Tusing

2018 Teacher of the Year

Second Grade Teacher

Ashby Lee Elementary


Ashby Lee Principal Steven Povlish does not mince words, “Whenever we think of our best and most successful professional educators, two characteristics often come to mind:  Perseverance and Adaptability. Thus, anyone who knows Katie will tell you that while she is an excellent teacher, probably her greatest attribute is her positive, can-do attitude in which she embraces her duties both in and out of the classroom, and it comes as no surprise that Katie approached her life-changing accident in the same manner.” Mr. Povlish applauds Ms. Tusing’s planning and classroom technique:  “Intentional lesson plans; student academic and social growth; a nurturing, welcoming and interactive classroom management system; and hands-on activities are certainly among her strengths. Even so, Katie’s main focus is the development of the whole child, especially as it relates to his/her specific needs. Katie truly approaches the essential needs of each of her students.” EL Teacher Karen Phillips elaborates:  “Katie’s class is comprised of students with a wide range of needs. All of her students have made progress in their core subjects. Their academic growth and progress is a testament to the caring learning environment and instruction Katie provides her students.” Retired teachers Debbie Kipps and Kathy Gangwer observe:  “Pure determination gives Katie the driving force to push for excellence. Because of Katie’s own passion for teaching and learning, her students grow academically and socially.” Ms. Phillips adds, “Katie’s students are fortunate to have her as their teacher. From her, they have gained and learned respect, compassion, courage, and strength.”

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