Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

ITEA Member Receives Disney Teacher Award

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

ITEA Member Receives Disney Teacher Award

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ITEA member Douglas Dillion, a middle school technology education teacher at Honey Creek Middle School in Terre Haute, Indiana, was chosen from more than 75,000 nominees nationwide to receive the 2006 Disney Teacher Award in celebration of his creativity, innovative teaching methods, and ability to inspire his students.

Their peers--representatives of leading educational associations from across the United States and former Disney Teacher Honorees, select Disney Teacher Honorees. The process includes letters of recommendation from one of the teacher's administrators and one from either a student or parent. Each nominee must also answer four essay questions about classroom practice and environment, creativity while following accountability guidelines, collaboration to improve students' success, and events that have shaped them as a teacher. Honorees come from every subject field and every level of PreK-12 teaching. Dillion is one of three Honorees being recognized for applied fields education.

As one of only 44 Disney Teacher Honorees, Dillion received $10,000 from Disney and a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California for a week of fun and celebration. In addition, Disney awards $5,000 to Honey Creek Middle School. The Disney Teacher Awards do not simply honor one teacher; they also make an investment in that teacher's educational community. During the week of celebratory events in Anaheim, five exceptional teachers will be chosen from the 44 Honorees. Four Outstanding Teachers and one Disney Teacher of the Year will receive an additional $15,000 from Disney.

In addition to the monetary awards, Disney will also fly Dillion and his principal to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando in October for a six-day professional development institute where they can refine their own innovative teaching approaches by sharing ideas and learn how to engage other teachers to build an effective collaborative teaching culture at their school. …

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