D.155 teacher, administrators honored by P.E. association | Education

Several Calumet City Elementary School District 155 employees have gained recognition from the Northeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

D.155 Assistant Superintendent Joseph Zotto made that announcement at Thursday’s School Board meeting and said D.155 Superintendent Troy Paraday, Wilson Elementary School Principal Deborah Smith, Wentworth Junior High School Principal Ermetra Olawumi and Wentworth Junior High Assistant Principal James Safarik are being named as 2016-2017 administrators of the year “for their continued support of the Physical Education and Health Department district wide.”

“Mr. (Mark) Foellmer, our junior high P.E. teacher, is also being honored by the Illinois Association of Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as the Physical Education Teacher of the Year,” Zotto said.

Paraday said Foellmer “has been doing a wonderful job as it relates to the curriculum and integrating technology into the curriculum in the P.E. levels.”

“And we’ve been very supportive of him doing those things,” Paraday said.

Paraday also thanked administrators present at Thursday’s meeting for their work done this year, particularly in regards to revamping curriculum.

“They have put a lot of time in with individuals from the state,” Paraday said. “In some areas, we’re basically tearing the entire curriculum down and starting from scratch.”

Zotto said the district is taking a closer look at all of its curriculum, primarily focusing on reading and math.

“And we’re taking a more data-driven approach to developing our curriculum,” Zotto said.

Thursday marked the first meeting since the new board was seated last month following the April election, and members have now been assigned to chair the following committees: Janet Oberman, finance; Guy Eveland, buildings and grounds;…

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