NFPA's Teacher of the Year Award is now the Fire And Life Safety Educator of the Year.
Visit nfpa.org for more information and to find out about the 2008 winner.
2007 Teacher of the Year
Krouch and Jeff Malkowski from Farmers Branch, Texas were the 2007
Teachers of the Year. The team
has been teaching Risk Watch for two years at the Janie
Stark Elementary School. Both are physical education teachers who team teach
in their kindergarten through grade 5 classes.
Risk Watch lessons are taught each month. Each session begins with a
sit down discussion, first asking for prior knowledge, and then reviewing and
the Risk Watch materials. In most lessons, a demonstration using students and
various materials to visually show different situations are included.
"After working with this
team for two years, and seeing first hand the excellent job they are doing
with their students, I cannot think of anyone more deserving
of NFPA's Teacher of the Year Award. The obstacles overcome each day in the
classroom, the love for teaching they display, and the caring they show their
students in life and safety are just a few reasons why they should receive
this award." -- Wendi Kimpton, Risk Watch Champion, Farmers
Branch Fire Department
Risk Watch makes us so much more aware of the dangers children
face on a daily basis. As teachers, we have a golden opportunity to teach
to become more informed about the dangers of unintentional injures and
how to avoid them. As children we did not have a program like this. We
stories from the news and talk about injuries that happen in the world
where families are not being safe".
"We teach Risk Watch on a personal and daily level. We do
the main sit down lessons once a month, but we also reinforce things daily
We have morning and afternoon bus safety duty and we observe the kids practicing
safe bus rules daily! There are many times were we see and hear the kids
correcting one another when they observe someone not following a safety
rule taught in Risk Watch. It is encouraging to see them reinforce
and help each other rather than a teacher bringing it to their attention!"
Krouch and Jeff
Lesson plan: Tag for safety
Lesson plan: Secure your safety belt
2006 Teacher of the Year
Tina Dotson from Asheville, North Carolina was named the 2006 Teacher of
the Year. Dotson, a first grade teacher at the Oakley Elementary School,
has made the Risk Watch program an integral part of her teaching
because she believes in the importance and ability to protect her students
stresses the importance of bringing the messages home to parents and has
a CPR workshop
for interested parents. Many parents have commented that the lessons learned
will make a lasting impact on their children -- and in many cases, they are learning along with their children.
Tina Dotson's winning lesson plans.
2005 Teacher of the Year
2005 "Teacher of the Year" was Tracy Sparks, a fourth grade teacher at
the Marion Intermediate School in
Shelby, North Carolina.
Watch is fun. My class never complained when I asked them to get
ready for our Risk Watch class. Often, they didn't want me
to stop the lesson when it was time to change classes.
"Teaching Risk Watch has
also helped me learn about the many resources that are available in
the community to help students learn safety."
See Mrs. Sparks Hazards
Around Our Homes lesson plan.
2004 Teacher of the Year
2004 NFPA “Teacher of the Year” , Amy
Hein, is a first grade teacher
at the Hickory Bend Elementary School in Glenwood, IL.
Watch objectives can be reviewed constantly, as students are faced
with safety challenges on a daily basis! I feel proud to be a Risk
Watch teacher, and realize that I am providing my students
and their families with priceless knowledge that will help guide
throughout their lives, " said Teacher of the Year, Amy
since 1998, Amy first began teaching NFPA's Learn
Not to Burn® program before working with the IL Champion
Management Team (CMT) to implement Risk Watch in
teachings were responsible for a documented 2003
NFPA "Save" involving one of her students. To
date, she has personally installed 98
car seats. The user rate
in her classroom has improved to 76%.
Amy's winning lesson plan on playground safety.
2003 Teacher of the Year
winner of the 2003 NFPA Teacher of the Year Award was Rae
a third and fourth grade teacher at the Chris Akkerman Elementary School
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Watch is the only program that I have ever encountered that addresses "life
as a child". Children have to make decisions regarding their personal
safety each and everyday. They make many choices subconsciously that
can have ever lasting effects on their lives. Risk Watch enables
children to reflect on their choices and provide them with the knowledge
to make safe choices, said McMullen.
of the Year
winner of the 2002 NFPA Teacher of the Year Award was Michele
Clayton, a first grade teacher at Leland Street Elementary School in San
has developed activities such as Sparky® Says and
the Safety Spin for her first grade
students. These innovative activities help students demonstrate their knowledge
learned from Risk Watch in a fun way. She has also developed
a Go Fish game where students identify
and select Risk Watch vocabulary and safety pictures.
of the Year"
The winner the 2001 NFPA "Teacher of the Year" Award was Connie Rowden, a second
grade teacher at Cirby School in Roseville, CA.
As one of Roseville Fire
Department's pilot teachers for Risk Watch, Connie has been teaching the
program since 1999. Her classroom is a mix of English and Spanish speaking children,
creating an added challenge. Connie works hard to ensure that the injury prevention
games and lessons she develops benefit both groups of children. The walls in her
classroom are filled with pictures of the injury prevention messages covered in
Risk Watch -- created by her students.
2000 "Teacher of the Year"
The recipient of the 2000 "NFPA Teacher of the Year" award was Michael
a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Walt Morey Middle School in Troutdale, OR.
As one of the Gresham Fire Department's pilot teachers for the Risk Watch
program, Michael created innovative ways to teach the hard to reach age group
of seventh- and eighth-graders. He also turned students into Risk Watch
safety advocates by having them present safety skits and safety book presentations
to elementary school students.
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