Karen Giesler, a third-grade teacher at the Center for Creative Learning (CCL), was named a Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award recipient, according to a Monday news announcement from the Rockwood School District.
Giesler is in her 21st year as a gifted education teacher. The CCL program includes students from all four of Rockwood's geographic quandrants.
The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program supports educators who foster the future workforce and prepare students to compete in a global marketplace.
Dottie Barbeau, director of the CCL gifted education program, described Giesler as an innovative classroom teacher who integrates both excitement and rigor into curriculum and instruction. “Karen has great strength in supporting a wide range of abilities and is masterful at meeting the social and emotional needs of students,” stated Barbeau in the announcement.
“Her dedication and professionalism have resulted in very effective experiences for our students and families.”
In addition to supporting her students in their learning, Giesler is committed to professional development, both for herself and her colleagues.
“Through the use of Twitter, blogs and her Professional Learning Network, Karen has become a connected educator who values collaboration and interaction as an important part of her education,” said Barbeau. “She continually encourages and supports her peers as they explore the power of these tools to enhance learning opportunities for themselves and their students.”
The Leaders in Education program honors dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Honorees are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.