Michael Kascak, 1997
A parent nominator comments, "There are those rare and special educators who open vistas for the children they teach.
In the process, they change their students' lives.
has the ability to create a climate which enables students to become responsible scholars, active learners, caring colleagues, and creative artists.
knows how to challenge his
students to reach beyond and achieve at the highest level.
Depth and breadth, integration of subject areas, and clear focus are constants.
is very talented at integrating curriculum.
The 5th grade curriculum in his
class, for example, is taught through the theme of Revolution; for it contains the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and the Civil Rights movement.
One of Michael's
most impressive programs, which was detailed by several nominators, is a cognate approach to teaching vocabulary.
The pairing of students at computers is important, as Michael
believes that so many things done by students are solitary.
Thus use of the computer can become a collective enterprise.
Michael, in his spare time, teaches a course at Lesley College and is also working towards his Master's Degree in Educational Technology.
According to his Principal Andrea Wong, "Michael is like a fine conductor who brings out the music in all students, and this results in a melodious symphony.