The Area Progress Council of Warren County recently honored two Mason High School educators for excellence in teaching.
The nonprofit organization recognizes two teachers from public school districts in Warren County each year at its annual Project Excellence dinner.
Mason High School math teacher Andy Shur was awarded Mason’s Innovative Teacher of the Year award while Mason Early Childhood Center kindergarten teacher Christie Lienesch was honored as Mason’s Excellent Teacher of the Year.
Schur, who teaches honors math and coaches the girls’ soccer team, is noted for being instrumental in a co-teaching program that provides support to students who struggle in math.
His unique approach to helping students learn and engage with the subject made him a natural candidate for the honor, said colleague Anne Toohey.
“His ability to relate math to a variety of learning styles and a diverse student population is no small feat,” she said of Schur. “Andy takes difficult math concepts and relates them to real world situations that students at every academic level will need to encounter.”
“Andy not only embraces the ongoing learning required to be an excellent teacher, he puts these ideas into action and involves his colleagues in collaboration and reflection,” added Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart.
Lienesch, who chairs the MECC kindergarten language arts department, is described as a leader for developing new and innovative literacy approaches, such as developing and performing a child-friendly reading song and holding after-school reading workshops for students and parents.
“I feel honored to have Christie teaching in my building,” said MECC Principal Melissa Bly. “We have a true gem of a teacher who is making a difference for kids every minute of every day. She is dedicated, caring, nurturing, passionate and highly skilled in providing children with a well-balanced educational experience.”
Both teachers received a trophy and cash award.
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