Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Award Winner's Secret: High Expectations

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Award Winner's Secret: High Expectations

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Sandy Hindy loves math and takes an innovative approach to teaching it. But perhaps her love for her students was the main reason this Oak Hills Elementary School, Calif., teacher took home the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest award of its kind.

At the beginning of each school year, Hindy tells her students to wave their hands if they become confused by the subject matter. She has them repeat a mantra that they know how to do math to build confidence in their abilities. And she takes the time to tutor pupils during recess and after school. Her fifth-grade students say she never gives up on them, no matter how much they struggle. "The best thing about my job is working with these kids," says Hindy, who has taught for 17 years, including 11 years in the Oak Park Unified School District. The admiration is mutual: After she was notified of the honor in February, her class gave her flowers along with a 115-page book in which they wrote about all the ways she had affected their lives. …

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