For Immediate Release — May 29, 2015 | HQ
ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 29, 2015 — Crossroads Elementary School teacher, Mary Hansen has been selected as the 2016 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year.
DoDEA ‘s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education, Dr. Adrian Talley, presented the award to Mrs. Hansen, at the school, during a special assembly.
“DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Mary Hansen, represents what we all want in our educators. She is dynamic, engaging, and reflective in her teaching practices,” said Dr. Talley. “She makes a difference in the lives our children. She makes a difference in the lives of her peers. Through word and practice, she sees the power of teachers collaboratively building an educational community for educators and students, and parents. We are all very proud of Mary Hansen.”
Mary Hansen is the 4-5th grade Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher and instructional coach at the new Crossroads Elementary School, on Marine Corps Base Quantico (VA). She has 20 years of teaching experience with 16 of those years in DoDEA.
Mrs. Hansen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, cum laude, from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning Elementary Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University.
She is professionally certified in Elementary Education PreK-6 and Gifted Education K-12, and is currently pursuing her Math Specialist certification.
Mrs. Hansen ignites her students’ interest in STEM by creating learning opportunities that are challenging, meaningful, and relevant. She believes that teachers must embrace change, encourage innovation, and foster creativity; not just in their students, but in themselves.
Mrs. Hansen is married to a retired U.S. Army officer and has two children. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors exemplary Pre-K, through high school teachers. The process begins at the nomination level where teachers may be nominated by peers, administrators, parents, students or community members. Each District Teacher of the Year is selected by a district panel using specified criteria to review District teacher of the Year applications. Fourteen teachers were named District Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. Each District Teacher of the Year is invited to apply for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year.
Along with the public recognition and the award, Mrs. Hansen will gain entry into the National Teacher of the Year application pool, and will be recognized by the President at a future event at The White House. Mrs. Hansen will also attend the National Teacher of the Year Conference in Arizona and participate in the Council of Chief of State School Officers (CCSSO) sponsored, Teacher of the Year events.
A complete listing of this year’s recipients is listed below. Additional information about DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year Program, including point of contact, may be found at the following web site: . http://dodea.edu/techers/TeacherOfYear.cfm
(Listed in alphabetical order by last name)
|Michael Lee Dodd II||Bavaria District||Robinson Barracks E/MS||Science|
|Mary Hansen||NY/VA/PR District||Crossroads ES||STEM Teacher and Instructional Coach|
|Kathy Holley||SC/Ft. Stewart/Cuba District||Bolden ES/MS||Gifted Teacher|
|Christopher Kaldahl||Mediterranean District||Rota M/HS||Science|
|Bridget Lester||GA/AL District||Ft. Rucker Primary School||Gifted|
|Ashley Melton||NC-Camp Lejeune District||Heroes ES||5th Grade|
|Catherine Mince||Japan District||Yokota MS||Social Studies|
|Todd Mitchell||Isles District||Shape HS||Science|
|Michael Perez||Korea District||Seoul ES||Music|
|Denise Sheedy||Guam District||Andersen ES||Kindergarten|
|Allyson Snowden||Okinawa District||Kadena MS||Special Ed|
|Kacey Toole||KY District||Lincoln ES||3rd Grade|
|Lisa Williams||NC-Fort Bragg District||Hampton Primary School||Special Ed (LIMM)|
|Gariann Wrenchey||Kaiserslautern District||Landstuhl E/MS||Language Arts and AVID|
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.