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Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2019-20 Awards for Teaching and Service to Viewpoint School

On Friday, August 30, the students and faculty filled the Paul Family Athletic Center for the Fifth Annual All-School Convocation. In addition to being a spirited launch to the new school year, this school-wide event was also an ideal opportunity to announce the 2019-20 recipients of five awards for distinguished teaching and service to the school. The winners are nominated by their peers for their excellence both in and outside the classroom, and below are some of the remarks made along with their nominations:
Lance Argano-Rush, Upper School Science Teacher and Robotics Coach, August M. Watanabe MD Memorial Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies. “Absolutely the most impactful teacher for students interested in science/robotics! He goes above and beyond every day for every student; I wish I had him as a teacher in high school.”
 
Julie Clark, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Handley Chair of American Studies. “For Julie, American history is not just a subject that she teaches; it is a passion that she loves to share with others. Students engage in lessons to learn the milestones of our country’s history, but she goes well beyond the lecture and discussion. They engage in simulations that are intended to bring history to a more personal level for our students. Seeing students dressed up in period costumes from the Gilded Age show just how much fun they have learning from her and with her.”
 
Lara Conklin, Director of Support Service, Spirit of Viewpoint Award. “I used to think she was magic, then I thought she was really a computer in disguise or that she was one of those Duracell battery bunnies. The truth is she just really cares that her job is done proficiently and that we have everything we need to do whatever it is we need to do. She does all this and refuses to take any sort of credit. Humble to the core, she is dedicated and hardworking, always with a smile, always kind to all.”
 
Kate Iacoi, Fourth Grade Teacher, Viewpoint Excellence in Teaching Prize – less than 10 years of service. "Kate is a profoundly patient reading teacher who teaches students to not only live a ‘reading’ life, but to push themselves to discover literature in new ways. She is adept at teaching literary skills and at guiding deep, meaningful discussions in her Fourth Grade readers.”
 
Cait Kamins, Upper School English Teacher and Teacher of Human Development, Viewpoint Excellence in Teaching Prize – less than 10 years of service. “Cait goes above and beyond to help her students in and outside of classes and has changed their lives for the better. She is structured, while maintaining a flexibility to allow for personalized instruction so each student feels appreciated and cared for.”
 
Vicki Schulhof, Kindergarten Teacher, Viewpoint Excellence in Teaching Prize – over 10 years of service. “Vicki is a quiet magic. Her eagerness to learn and then implement is awesome. Her support and collaboration is admirable. Her home is Viewpoint and she has helped to make this school and the Kindergarten program true JOY.”
 
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s endowed chairs and prizes and thank you for all you do for our school community!
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