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Student - Teaching

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Tufts University
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston , Massachusetts 02111
United States

Company Description: Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University are international leaders in innovative medical...   more

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The Blackboard Awards, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Stacy Birdsell The Blackboard Awards
With her trademark energy, Stacy Birdsell tackles 7th grade reading
Some principals will cross a state to recruit a heralded teacher, but it's not often that a head of school crosses an ocean to do so. Seth Andrew, head of the Democracy Prep Charter School, met Stacy Birdsell in South Korea in 2000 and has been recruiting her ever since.
"I have seen many, many teachers in my time, and Stacy is truly a master," Andrew says.
After student-teaching as an undergraduate at Tufts University, Birdsell traveled to South Korea to teach English. There, she began to develop her now trademark boundless energy and gift for keeping a class enthralled.
"There's an aspect of entertainment in holding your students' attention," Birdsell said. "I started to learn how to do that really well when I had to communicate to a large group of people who didn't really speak my language."
Teaching 7th grade reading to more than 100 students who read anywhere from 2nd grade- to college-level, Birdsell is constantly finding new ways to engage all abilities. She says she keeps her expectations high from the moment her students enter the classroom, with the goal of giving each one the tools they need to succeed.
"Stacy has this way of making everything come alive to the kids," said Katie Duffy, director of development at Democracy Prep.
"I have 7th graders who not only have read it but can understand it and talk about it with more care and thoughtfulness than I can because Stacy has that passion to make it accessible."
Birdsell chose the text not for the sake of teaching Plato, but rather to prepare the students for a novel they were scheduled to read next that incorporated similar themes. All of her lessons are geared toward helping her students meet her college-preparatory expectations.
"So much is at stake for a lot of our students," Birdsell said. "They really have set their goals at 11 years old that they're going to go to law school or business school. They have their sights set so far beyond college graduation and that kind of thing that keeps you working hard."
In less than a year, Birdsell has carved a niche for her high-energy, upbeat teaching style in the halls of Democracy Prep.
The Blackboard Awards, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Charter Middle School Teacher of the Year: Stacy Birdsell
The Blackboard Awards, 10 Nov 2008 [cached]
Charter Middle School Teacher of the Year: Stacy Birdsell
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