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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 8, 1997
Contact:Alan Safran

Rockport and Dennis-Yarmouth Teachers Selected as 1996 and 1997 Christa Mcauliffe Fellows

Malden - Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Robert V. Antonucci announced today that Cheryl Sullivan, a grade K-5 Technology Teacher at the Rockport Elementary School, and Deirdre Callanan, an English teacher at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, have been selected as the 1996 and 1997 Christa McAuliffe Fellows, respectively.

"Both of these teachers have designed projects which will benefit numerous teachers and students across the state," commented Commissioner Antonucci. "I was very impressed with the way each of their projects tied into our state's Education Reform efforts, specifically the curriculum frameworks."

The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program is a federally-funded program which provides fellowships nationally to outstanding teachers to engage in educational activities that will improve the knowledge and skills of teachers and the education of students. The Fellowships honor the late Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who served as an astronaut on the Challenger Space Shuttle in January, 1986. Both Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Callanan will receive an award of $36,400 to support their project.

Ms. Sullivan has been teaching in the Rockport Elementary School for eight years, seven as a Fifth Grade Teacher, and one year as the K-5 Technology Teacher. Her project "TEAM: Technology Encourages Active Minds," will help teachers and students incorporate technology in the classroom to solve real and simulated problems. She will use her award to observe other model technology programs across the state, to provide training sessions for teachers, and to continue training and licensing students as "Master Mac Mentors."

Ms. Callanan has taught an array of subjects and grade levels during her distinguished career. Since 1986 she has been at the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District where she currently teaches senior English and a writing elective. Her project, "Windows and Mirrors: Writing's Power of Reflection and Illumination" will help teachers use the newly approved statewide English Language Arts Curriculum Framework to improve their teaching of writing. She will use her award to spend the 1997-98 school year developing in-depth workshops for teachers, producing a handbook on the teaching of writing, and making a film.

The winning teachers were chosen from among 44 applicants. A seven member statewide selection committee composed of two teachers, two administrators, one parent, one college professor and one former Christa McAuliffe Fellow recommended four candidates to Commissioner Antonucci, who selected the two Fellows. The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program was not conducted in 1996, so funding for two fellows was made available in 1997.



Last Updated: April 8, 1997
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