December 2013 Winner - Kay Sullivan

St. Pius X School

We nominate Mrs. Kay Sullivan for an A+ for Education Award.  Mrs. Sullivan has been teaching at St. Pius school for 32 years! We have hundreds of reasons to nominate Mrs. Sullivan but here are our TOP FIVE reasons:

The Dinosaur Project:
Mrs. Sullivan knows how to motivate her students with special projects and she goes above and beyond in building the much anticipated "3rd Grade Dinosaur". Each spring Mrs. Sullivan helps her students construct a dinosaur out of milk jugs, newspaper, wood and chicken wire. The third graders work together to paper mache and paint the dinsosaur. The result is a huge dinosaur about 10 feet long and 6 feet tall and it is amazing! The dinosaur is proudly displayed at the third grade open house in May. After the open house, Mrs. Sullivan works with parent volunteers to transport the dinosaur to the Cedar Rapids Public Library where it is displayed for the summer. Mrs. Sullivan has graciously lead this project for the past 31 years with great enthusiasm and humor.

Trips to the Dairy Queen for Ice Cream:
Mrs. Sullivan also knows how to motivate her students with special rewards. One of the most memorable rewards is a trip to the Dairy Queen with Mrs. Sullivan. Once a student earns their "blue card" by passing all levels of the multiplication factors they earn their trip. It is a very special day for the kids.

Lego League Mentor:
Mrs. Sullivan is St. Pius' teacher representative for Lego League.  She has been doing this for nine years (ever since St. Pius began offering Lego League to its students).  This is a huge commitment! It starts in the fall right after school begins and goes until early December.  She meets with her lego students three times a week (one morning before school and two afternoons after school). If the team goes to the state competition, the commitment extends to January. In the past, the team has made it to state, winning the regional competition, which included competing against teams that were up to 4 years older than her students.

Mrs. Sullivan is an Exceptional Educator:
Mrs. Sullivan’s zest for teaching has never been stronger. She continues to have the energy and excitement for every new class she is presented with each year and she brings innovative ways to teach her students. Mrs. Sullivan has a fabulous sense of humor and there’s no doubt about it, Mrs. Sullivan makes the kids laugh! She balances learning with fun which captures her students’ attention and allows them to learn the concepts. Her enthusiasm and love of teaching is obvious to anyone who has had the privilege of speaking with her or observing her in the classroom. Mrs. Sullivan was taught in college to teach to the "average" student but she has never done that. She believes if you teach to the "brightest" student the rest will follow and that is what she does. She challenges each student to work to their maximum potential. She understands her students’ strengths and weaknesses and is able to help each child excel. Mrs. Sullivan is so excited to see her students learn and she is their biggest cheerleader.

Mrs. Sullivan is simply Awesome:
Mrs. Sullivan is an awesome role model that makes a lasting impression on the children she teaches. Her students come home from school telling all kinds of stories of what Mrs. Sullivan has taught them. In fact, not a day goes by when parents don’t hear, "Mrs. Sullivan said..." Her stories help the children remember whatever subject she is teaching. Mrs. Sullivan loves science and she instills this love in the children by making school exciting. Her students watch caterpillers turn into moths, seeds turn into plants and they enjoy seeing the pet turtles in her classroom. Mrs. Sullivan loves to read and she shares this love of reading with the kids, it is contantagious. Mrs. Sullivan is the most caring and loving person who always works her hardest. Every day she comes to school with a great attitude and a smile on her face. Mrs. Sullivan is very special to us and she is most deserving of this award!

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully submitted by the following children (and their parents) who were 3rd grade students of Mrs. Sullivan during the 2012 -2013 school year.
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