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2024

Region 11

Elementary School

Katie Bezayiff

Maple Elementary School

Fullerton School District

Katie excels in the art and science of teaching, demonstrating prowess in balanced and structured literacy, particularly with Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students, many of whom arrive in her classroom at varying levels of readiness for reading. Despite their differences, her TK students consistently progress to reading at or above the Kindergarten grade level. In Math, Katie's mastery of Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) fosters advanced academic vocabulary and strong numeracy skills. She embraces FOSS inquiry-based investigations in science, recently integrating Project-Based Learning with remarkable success. Leading Maple’s PBIS team, she elevated implementation from Bronze to Platinum level in three years, showcasing exceptional leadership. Katie's commitment extends to community service, actively participating in the district's Community Schools Steering Committee, emphasizing her dedication to holistic education. Her exemplary teaching methods and community engagement make her truly deserving of recognition.

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