CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 23, 2018) – Six teachers have been named winners of the Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) 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 winners – two each in the categories of art, science and history.
The 2018 winners are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
“Teachers are one of our greatest resources and these six selected for the Cato Award have fully embodied ASC’s fundamental belief in how exposure to the arts, science and history are essential components of a well-rounded education,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “We are proud to join with The Cato Corporation to recognize these teachers whose efforts have led to increased student achievement and cultural competence.”
Each recipient will receive $1,500 and a sculpture by local artist Greg Scott. The award is made possible through an endowment gift made to ASC from The Cato Corporation.
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.
ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.
ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.