Five Outstanding Early Childhood Educators Selected for Kohl/McCormick Awards

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kohl-McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards

    CHICAGO, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Five of metropolitan Chicago's finest
 teachers who work with children between birth and age eight have been selected
 as winners of the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards.  The winners
 exemplify the best practices of quality early childhood teaching: dedication,
 innovation, leadership, respect for children and their families and commitment
 to professional growth.
     These educators were chosen by a committee of leading early child care
 professionals from among more than 1,000 nominees who work in preschools,
 childcare centers, Head Start programs, and kindergarten through third-grade
 classes in public, private, and parochial schools across the Chicago area.
     The Kohl/McCormick Award winners for 2001 are (see listing and profiles
 for additional information):
 
     * Debbie Appelbaum, a preschool teacher from South Africa, currently works
       with children at the NAEYC-accredited Moriah Preschool & Day Care in
       Deerfield, Illinois using the Reggio Emilia approach to explore Judaic
       curriculum.  Previously she worked with under-resourced rural black
       communities in four provinces in South Africa.
 
     * Yoko Y. Avramov speaks only Japanese to her diverse group of Latin
       American, Japanese, Caucasian and African American preschoolers at the
       InterCultura Foreign Language Immersion Montessori School in Oak Park,
       Illinois.  She does this in part to help them develop a sense of respect
       for all human differences -- including language.
 
     * Maria Blank uses her Mexican American heritage to help preschoolers
       understand the rich diversity that exists in Chicago at her state
       pre-kindergarten program at the Daley College Child Development Lab
       School.  Described as a "Master Teacher" by colleagues, Blank became
       involved in the Peace Project to help her students "use words" and deal
       with disappointment in an effective way.
 
     * DeCarla Burton helps parents who bring their children to Ms. "D's" Jump
       Smart Group Home Day Care understand that childcare extends far beyond
       babysitting.  Through wide array of creative activities, Burton provides
       educational experiences for the youngsters in her home on Chicago's
       south side.
 
     * Melinda Daubitz emphasizes the importance of values by using the
       Character Counts! Program for her preschoolers at the Child Care Center
       of Evanston.  Recognizing the stress on today's families, she provides
       family support in many ways including educational workshops and
       emergency resources.
 
     "The winners who have been selected represent the best characteristics of
 quality teaching.  We hope that the awards program validates their efforts
 and the work of all outstanding educators," observes Lana Weiner, executive
 director of the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards.
     The five winners will be honored at the 2001 Kohl/McCormick Early
 Childhood Teaching Awards luncheon ceremony on June 4 at the Fairmont Hotel.
 Each of the five recipients will receive:
     * A $5,000 cash award
     * A $1,000 cash award to each winner's school or center
     * A series of visits and workshops from the new Kohl/McCormick Story Bus
       providing hands-on learning for early literacy
     * A series of workshops designed by the Kohl Children's Museum
     * A graduate-level course at Chicago's renowned Erikson Institute
     * Induction into the Kohl Academy of Outstanding Educators
 
     While there are numerous teaching awards programs in the United States,
 the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards is the first awards program
 to formally recognize the contributions of early childhood teachers working
 with children from infancy through third grade.  Now completing its sixth
 year, the Kohl/McCormick Awards Program has become a model for recognizing
 outstanding early childhood educators.
     The Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards are sponsored by the
 Dolores Kohl Education Foundation and the McCormick Tribune Foundation, and
 are part of the McCormick Tribune Foundation's Focus on Quality Initiative,
 which has invested more than $35 million to improve the quality of early
 childhood education in the Chicago area.
     Visit www.kohlmccormickawards.org to learn more about the awards program.
 
         Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award Winners -  2001
 
     Debbie Appelbaum
     Moriah Preschool and Daycare Center
     200 Tabu Dr.
     Deerfield, IL
     847-948-8930
     Preschool
     Residence:  Evanston
 
     Yoko Y. Avramov
     InterCultura Foreign Language Immersion
     Montessori School
     301 S. Ridgeland Ave.
     Oak Park, IL
     708-848-6626
     Preschool & Kindergarten  (Japanese immersion)
     Residence: Oak Park
 
     Maria Blank
     Daley College Child Development Lab School
     7500 S. Pulaski
     Chicago, IL
     773-838-7561
     State Pre-K (preschool)
     Residence:  Chicago (Westlawn)
 
     DeCarla Burton
     Ms. "D's" Jump Smart Group Home Day Care
     8168 S. Cornell
     Chicago, IL  (Hyde Park/Avalon)
     773-768-0289
     Home Day Care
     Residence:  Chicago, IL  (Hyde Park/Avalon)
 
     Melinda Daubitz
     The Child Care Center of Evanston
     1840 Asbury
     Evanston, IL
     847-869-2680
     Preschool
     Residence:  Highland Park
 
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    CHICAGO, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Five of metropolitan Chicago's finest
 teachers who work with children between birth and age eight have been selected
 as winners of the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards.  The winners
 exemplify the best practices of quality early childhood teaching: dedication,
 innovation, leadership, respect for children and their families and commitment
 to professional growth.
     These educators were chosen by a committee of leading early child care
 professionals from among more than 1,000 nominees who work in preschools,
 childcare centers, Head Start programs, and kindergarten through third-grade
 classes in public, private, and parochial schools across the Chicago area.
     The Kohl/McCormick Award winners for 2001 are (see listing and profiles
 for additional information):
 
     * Debbie Appelbaum, a preschool teacher from South Africa, currently works
       with children at the NAEYC-accredited Moriah Preschool & Day Care in
       Deerfield, Illinois using the Reggio Emilia approach to explore Judaic
       curriculum.  Previously she worked with under-resourced rural black
       communities in four provinces in South Africa.
 
     * Yoko Y. Avramov speaks only Japanese to her diverse group of Latin
       American, Japanese, Caucasian and African American preschoolers at the
       InterCultura Foreign Language Immersion Montessori School in Oak Park,
       Illinois.  She does this in part to help them develop a sense of respect
       for all human differences -- including language.
 
     * Maria Blank uses her Mexican American heritage to help preschoolers
       understand the rich diversity that exists in Chicago at her state
       pre-kindergarten program at the Daley College Child Development Lab
       School.  Described as a "Master Teacher" by colleagues, Blank became
       involved in the Peace Project to help her students "use words" and deal
       with disappointment in an effective way.
 
     * DeCarla Burton helps parents who bring their children to Ms. "D's" Jump
       Smart Group Home Day Care understand that childcare extends far beyond
       babysitting.  Through wide array of creative activities, Burton provides
       educational experiences for the youngsters in her home on Chicago's
       south side.
 
     * Melinda Daubitz emphasizes the importance of values by using the
       Character Counts! Program for her preschoolers at the Child Care Center
       of Evanston.  Recognizing the stress on today's families, she provides
       family support in many ways including educational workshops and
       emergency resources.
 
     "The winners who have been selected represent the best characteristics of
 quality teaching.  We hope that the awards program validates their efforts
 and the work of all outstanding educators," observes Lana Weiner, executive
 director of the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards.
     The five winners will be honored at the 2001 Kohl/McCormick Early
 Childhood Teaching Awards luncheon ceremony on June 4 at the Fairmont Hotel.
 Each of the five recipients will receive:
     * A $5,000 cash award
     * A $1,000 cash award to each winner's school or center
     * A series of visits and workshops from the new Kohl/McCormick Story Bus
       providing hands-on learning for early literacy
     * A series of workshops designed by the Kohl Children's Museum
     * A graduate-level course at Chicago's renowned Erikson Institute
     * Induction into the Kohl Academy of Outstanding Educators
 
     While there are numerous teaching awards programs in the United States,
 the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards is the first awards program
 to formally recognize the contributions of early childhood teachers working
 with children from infancy through third grade.  Now completing its sixth
 year, the Kohl/McCormick Awards Program has become a model for recognizing
 outstanding early childhood educators.
     The Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards are sponsored by the
 Dolores Kohl Education Foundation and the McCormick Tribune Foundation, and
 are part of the McCormick Tribune Foundation's Focus on Quality Initiative,
 which has invested more than $35 million to improve the quality of early
 childhood education in the Chicago area.
     Visit www.kohlmccormickawards.org to learn more about the awards program.
 
         Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award Winners -  2001
 
     Debbie Appelbaum
     Moriah Preschool and Daycare Center
     200 Tabu Dr.
     Deerfield, IL
     847-948-8930
     Preschool
     Residence:  Evanston
 
     Yoko Y. Avramov
     InterCultura Foreign Language Immersion
     Montessori School
     301 S. Ridgeland Ave.
     Oak Park, IL
     708-848-6626
     Preschool & Kindergarten  (Japanese immersion)
     Residence: Oak Park
 
     Maria Blank
     Daley College Child Development Lab School
     7500 S. Pulaski
     Chicago, IL
     773-838-7561
     State Pre-K (preschool)
     Residence:  Chicago (Westlawn)
 
     DeCarla Burton
     Ms. "D's" Jump Smart Group Home Day Care
     8168 S. Cornell
     Chicago, IL  (Hyde Park/Avalon)
     773-768-0289
     Home Day Care
     Residence:  Chicago, IL  (Hyde Park/Avalon)
 
     Melinda Daubitz
     The Child Care Center of Evanston
     1840 Asbury
     Evanston, IL
     847-869-2680
     Preschool
     Residence:  Highland Park
 
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