Marian College alumni Isabella Gabbard ‘00 and Kimberly Irvin ‘00 were two of 25 Indiana educators awarded the Indianapolis Power and Light Company’s (IPL) 2009 Golden Apple Award
. The IPL’s Golden Apple Award is given to central Indiana and Pike County educators who use math, science, and technology to inspire student achievement.
Gabbard, a fourth grade teacher at Mill Creek East Elementary School, started the Family Math and Science Night in the fall of 2008. Gabbard created the program to connect family involvement with student achievement; the program helped boost 5th grade students’ ISTEP scores from 79 to 89 percent.
Irvin, a third grade teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, created an innovative lesson, “April Showers Bring Amazing Water.” Students explored the water cycle through hands-on experiments and learned to make valid predictions about how many water droplets would fit on the surface of a penny. By the end of the lesson, students had demonstrated improvements in their experimental predictions.
Gabbard and Irvin join over a dozen other Marian College graduates who have received the Golden Apple Award since the program’s inception in 1991. Marian College has a strong tradition in producing award-winning educators. Recently, Donald Cave ’05 was awarded the 2009 Teacher of the Year award for McClelland Elementary in Wayne Township; Alice Mattingly ’79 received the Teacher Creativity Fellowship from Lilly Endowment Inc. and will spend three weeks in El Salvador; Jackie Swihant ’85 won the Saint Theodora Excellence in Education award from Archdiocese of Indianapolis; and physical education teacher Ashleigh Allen ’07 was nominated for the Hope Award, a teacher of the year award at Paul Hadley Middle School.
Marian College has a history of preparing excellent teachers and offers a variety of pathways to teaching. In addition to the traditional program, the School of Education
at Marian College also offers the Master of Arts in Teaching program and professional development opportunities for in-service teachers. Marian College is the exclusive partner of Teach for America
, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows
, and The NavityMiguel Network of Schools
, initiatives that help talented college graduates earn licenses to teach; many graduates of these programs teach in low-income urban and rural communities to help combat educational inequity.