The Longview School District is announcing a couple of significant awards. The Washington Association of School Administrators recently honored Superintendent Suzanne Cusick with a regional Student Achievement Leadership Award, recognizing Cusick for her work in implementing innovations that have resulted in measurable improvement in student achievement. Cusick says that she’s honored by the award, but she remains focused on her goal of helping to prepare Longview’s kids to be ready for a world that will be far different than the one we live in today.
Amy Johnson, a fifth-grade teacher at Northlake Elementary School, was recently named at Washington’s History Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes American history teachers from across the state; it’s noted that Johnson is a district leader in Social Studies instruction, and uses both the Internet and project-based learning to help bring history to life for her students. The award now puts Johnson in the running for the National History Teacher of the Year award; for her state award, Johnson wins $1,000, an invitation to the Governor’s Reception for Exceptional Educators, and an archive of primary historical materials, named in her honor.