Six Receive Cato Awards for Teaching Excellence in Art, History and Science

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Why this matters: Because teachers who are willing to think and act outside the box with their approach are more likely to engage students with a thirst for learning that lasts beyond the classroom.
Congratulations to our 2018 Cato Excellence in Teaching Award winners! (Left to right: Adam Traynor, Bridget Burrows, Nancy Bullard, Bruce Schulman, Kathy Bosiak. Not pictured: Justin Pierce)
Congratulations to our 2018 Cato Excellence in Teaching Award winners! (Left to right: Adam Traynor, Bridget Burrows, Nancy Bullard, Bruce Schulman, Kathy Bosiak. Not pictured: Justin Pierce)
By Angela Haigler 

With a new school year right around the corner, it’s good for parents and students to be reminded of the quality of educators found in the region.

That’s why ASC is proud to recognize the six teachers who were named recipients of Cato Excellence in Teaching Awards. The annual awards recognize teachers who have distinguished themselves in teaching art, science or history, or who have demonstrated creative infusion of arts, science or history into the core academic curriculum. Through the support of The Cato Corporation, the annual awards recognize six educators – two each in the categories of art, science and history.

Recipients received $1,500 and a sculpture by local artist Greg Scott at an award ceremony in June. Here’s a look at the recipients and how their dedication to integrating arts and culture into the classroom has benefitted students in our region.

Arts

  • Bridget Burrows, Porter Ridge Middle School, Union County
    An award-winning chorus teacher and theatre director, Burrows helps students gain social and communication skills by allowing them to express themselves freely through the arts.
  • Justin Pierce, William Amos Hough High School, Mecklenburg County
    A digital photography teacher who consistently implements Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) strategies into his assignments resulting in highly engaged students armed with the ability to apply their knowledge individually and globally.

Sciences

  • Kathy Bosiak, Lincolnton High, Lincoln County
    Through her work, students are constantly challenged to use problem-based learning techniques to move through their educational experiences. Bosiak is known for such creative endeavors as creating solar cookers in her Earth/Environmental courses.
  • Nancy Bullard, Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, Mecklenburg County
    An integral member of the teaching staff, Bullard was a 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Her innovation and creativity ignites student learning and under her guidance, science test scores increased by 20 percent.

History

  • Bruce Schulman, Community House Middle School, Mecklenburg County
    A teacher who regularly infuses cultural activities into his science and social studies instruction, Schulman created an interdisciplinary unit to teach students about ancient Maya as part of the school’s cultural awareness program.
  • Adam Traynor, Pleasant Knoll Middle School, York County
    Described as a teacher who always finds a way to make learning fun and interesting, Traynor also understands the importance of targeting learning to diverse styles.

To be eligible for the annual award, individuals had to be a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher working for a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln or Union counties in N.C., or Lancaster or York counties in S.C.

Learn more about the award and view past recipients.

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