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Mara Pufko, English teacher ...
Mara Pufko, English teacher at Hidden Valley High School, has been selected as the 2008 Roanoke County Educator of the Year during the 74th Annual Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony March 6 at the Holiday Inn-Tanglewood.Pufko
has been teaching for 20 years, the last eight years in Roanoke County.She
holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from James Madison University and a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. In addition to her
teacher duties, Pufko
has presented at conferences, sponsored student activities, mentored aspiring teachers and kept abreast of technology.
"I have always held clear in my mind the fundamental importance of encouraging children's critical thinking.Imagine then my delight when a student asked ,Mrs.Pufko
, why do you make us think so much?Why do you answer every question with a question?' It was at this moment that my greatest achievement was actualized.To this day, I work on a daily basis to hear a child ask ,why?' It is then that I know that I have been successful as a teacher and parent," said Pufko
"What makes Mara
so special is how she dedicates herself to forming personal working relationships with each individual student who is in need of support," Stegall added.
is married with two children and lives in Roanoke.
roanoke.com - Extra stories -A great read, y'all; now pass the cake
As Pufko explained: Published in 1960 but set in the late '30s, the novel addressed many issues that were ahead of its time, from addiction and racism to single parenthood and rape. "It was a microcosm of America, published at a time when all of these issues were about to explode," said Pufko, who teaches English at Northside High School.
"I felt like Maycomb had grown up by the end of the book."
Mara Pufko, Hidden Valley High School
roanoke.com - Extra stories -Ageless 'Mockingbird' appeals to the Internet generation
April 26 under the leadership of Northside High School English teacher Mara Pufko; call 981-3435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group, now meeting at the WVTF Public Radio studios on Kingsbury Lane.
roanoke.com - Extra stories -Members find 'Owen Meany' timely and meaningful
"It was refreshing to read a 20th-century book about faith," teacher Mara Pufko said.
, who teaches the book in her Advanced Placement English class at Northside High, argued that Johnny did have a purpose-filled life: "If Johnny wasn't there, then who would tell the story?
added that characters like Owen, "the freakish and the bizarre, jolt us into believing.