March Teacher of the Month

March Teacher of the Month


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Name:  Cathy Proctor


Past Teaching Experience:  41 years of service at North Putnam Co. School Corp.  Taught at Russellville prior to Roachdale.


College Background:  Indiana State University undergraduate, DePauw University Master’s Degree



Most Memorable Teaching Moments:  She has been instrumental in helping a number of kids realize and reach their full potential.   May 22, 1995, Cathy was honored as a state finalist in the 1995 Presidential Awards for the Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Program.  There were only 3 elementary finalists selected for this award.


Hobbies:   Cathy enjoys spending time with other educators and her family.  Her students are her world.Cathy enjoys shopping and volunteering for Special Olympics.


Nominated by:  

January Teacher of the Month

January Teacher of the Month
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Sarah Chizum

Name: Sarah Chizum

Past Teaching Experience:

Taught for 1.5 years at Clark Pleasant Middle School (Greenwood) teaching 8th grade art.  Currently in my 3rd year at North Putnam High School teaching visual arts.

College Background:

Earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education and Fine Arts in Ceramics from Ball State in 2014. 

Most Memorable Teaching Moments:

A now graduated student chose to paint a portrait of a family member who had recently passed away in a tragic way.  The student struggled to make progress each day due to fear and worry that he might not be able to capture a likeness worthy of his subject.  We had maany conversations about the importance and positives of making mistakes during the creative process.  He was quickly falling behind and the deadline was approaching.  I requested that this student take his project home to work on, but with two requests.  First, that he allow himself to possibly "fail" at his goal by taking risks with his approach.  Second, and most importanly, that he be 100% kind to himself through the process.  After the weekend, the student returned to my desk with the canvas in his arms.  Before he showed me, he stated, " I could not have been kind to myself without your kindness first.  I was able to allow myself to make mistakes and recover from them."  He then revealed a breath-taking portrait of his loved one.  He had captured the subject's likeness beautifully.  It was such a moving moment that we both began to cry.  It was an unforgettable moment. 

Hobbies:

Throwing pottery, gardening, drawing, painting, and remodeling my home

Nominated by:  

November Teacher of the Month

January Teacher of the Month

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Heather Conner, Roachdale

Name: Heather Conner

Past Teaching Experience:

Assistant in an emotional disability classroom in Cloverdale, Special Education Teacher K-5 Roachdale,

5th Grade Teacher Roachdale, 2nd grade Bainbridge, 6th Grade Social Studies Middle School


College Background:

DePauw University

Most Memorable Teaching Moments:

I love watching students make that turnaround and decide they like school afterall.  So many times I have students come to me that don't really enjoy learning or had a rough year, and I love for them to make that turnaround!  I also love all the excitement of technology in our classroom.  I love learning from the students and implementing new ideas in education.

Hobbies:

I love spending time with my family and watching my children play all of their sports.  I also enjoy crafting, baking, and enjoying the outdoors

Nominated by:  Kaitlyn Hall, Stone Wass, Alec McKenzie, and Jenna Day