[Vision2020] Former MSD Teacher Get Award
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Sat Sep 9 10:29:06 PDT 2006
Angie Dorman used to teach at the Alternative High School, before it became
the Paradise Creek Regional High School and while it was still in the Moscow
High School basement. She is one HECK of a teacher and motivator and now
she receives the recognition she deserves.
Published Saturday, September 9th, 2006
By Lynne Lynch, Herald Basin bureau
WARDEN -- Yaquelin Valdivia is heading to the University of Washington later
this month for her first year of college, but that doesn't mean she's
leaving her old teacher in Warden behind.
Valdivia, 18, knows that Warden High School history teacher Angie Dorman has
phoned former students at college to make sure they stay focused.
"She was really involved with my education," Valdivia said. "It was really
her way of teaching. She also talked to us about what college was going to
Dorman's dedication was recognized Friday in the high school gym during a
surprise ceremony, disguised at a routine pep assembly.
In between applause and camera flashes, the 15-year teacher tearfully
accepted the federal No Child Left Behind 2006 American Star of Teaching
Only one teacher from each state and the District of Columbia are chosen
annually for the honor.
This year, a committee of former teachers at the Department of Education
selected the winners from 4,000 nominations.
Valdivia is one of many students Dorman has helped advance their education.
Over the past three years, Dorman has urged Warden students to apply for and
receive over $4 million in money for higher education, said Cindy Omlin, of
Northwest Professional Educators.
And Dorman's also helped 12 students enroll at the University of Idaho.
"Wow," Dorman said upon receiving the honor. "Guess what, I'm very
Dorman said she was embarrassed to receive the award because she works with
such a great group of teachers.
"The sky's the limit, guys," Dorman said. "So go out there and make a
difference in your lives."
Cindi Williams, deputy assistant secretary with the Education Department,
and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., traveled to Warden for the award ceremony.
The award winners are chosen, in part, for their success in "improving
academic performance and making a difference in students' lives," according
to a statement from the Education Department.
"We had teachers choosing teachers," Williams explained.
Hastings said Dorman's award speaks well for the entire school district.
"The enthusiasm you have here shows a great deal," he said.
Before the ceremony, Williams and Hastings visited Dorman's class,
explaining they were only touring the building.
They watched Dorman show students how to write their life stories while
filling out a scholarship application and financial aid forms.
Dorman, 43, has taught at Warden for six years. Last year, two of her
students were chosen as Gates Millennium scholars, and four other Warden
students received scholarship money from the University of Idaho.
She has two children, a 5-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, with her
husband, David Dorman.
And in between her work and family commitments, Angie Dorman is a
dissertation away from earning a doctorate in history, David Dorman said.
"(For her, it's) service before self," her husband said. "It's the kids that
are important. She keeps them in school. It's all about that, not anything
else. It's not about pay."
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