Lawrence Schools Foundation Board President Rosy Elmore and Superintendent Rick Doll surprised an elementary teacher with a check for $10,000 during a school assembly on Monday at Schwegler. The $10,000 Bobs’ Award is a teaching honor created through the Foundation by a group of civic leaders who share the same first name, Bob. The benefactors choose to remain anonymous to focus attention on the outstanding educators selected annually to receive the award.
This year’s recipient is Schwegler Title I reading interventionist Renee Babin. She joined the Lawrence Public Schools in 2008 as a reading instructional support assistant at Deerfield. This is her second year at Schwegler, where she works with students to meet their reading needs, while supporting other teachers and staff in developing plans for improving student reading instruction.
Principal Jared Comfort says that Babin has provided leadership in student progress monitoring for the school’s teaching team “She has played a critical role in developing the plan for implementation of a student data warehouse, helping to provide professional development to teachers and supporting teachers as we review and analyze student data for instructional impact on a regular basis,” said Comfort.
“Her instruction is always data-based and she monitors student progress frequently to ensure instruction is meeting its mark. With her leadership, we continue to increase the number of students meeting end-of-year reading benchmarks at every grade level,” Comfort added, noting that Schwegler is celebrating marked improvement in student reading performance.
The Foundation’s Bobs’ Award honors a teacher who exemplifies extraordinary instruction skills; reflects commitment to quality education and dedication to teaching; focuses on individual student achievement; administers to the whole child, guiding each student to achieve his full potential; and is deemed to be proficient, caring, adaptable, and professional.
–Lawrence Schools Foundation