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+ CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 - 59 S( &. EDUCATION Cape Region teachers earn national certification Amy Reardon photos Beach Babies students celebrate with Thanksgiving Feast Beach Babies Child Care center, which serves infants to school-aged children, held its Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 26. The center provided the turkey and the children brought the fixings. Shown above are the 3- and 4-year- old classes. At left, the students wore Native American and pilgrim costumes they made out of construction paper during their feast. Shown in the back row are (l-r) Robert Jackson, Nora Kelly, and Courtney Norman. Logan Shuttleworth smiles in front. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has released the names of 7,786 teachers, among them 53 Delaware teachers, who have attained the highest professional credential National Board Certification - for the 2001-2002 sclaool year. Area teachers attain- ing this certification include Nancy Thornburg of the Cape Henlopen School District; Kelly Deleon and Karen Timmons of Indian River; and Edward Dougherty and Renee Parsely of Sussex Tech. The 53 teachers, representing 13 of Delaware's 19 school dis- tricts, bring to 163 the total of Delaware teachers who have earned this honor since the nation- al program began during the 1993-1994 school year. "I am very proud of the accom- plishments of these 53 outstand- ing professionals," said Valerie A. Woodruff, Delaware's Secretary of Education. "Receiving National Board Certification is truly a testament to each teacher's commitment to hard work, excel- lence in their subject matter and dedication to their profession." Woodruff added, "The success of each of these outstanding profes- sionals is certainly due to their hard work and to the on-going support provided to them by the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) and the Department of Education (DOE)." DSEA, in collaboration with DOE, runs a year-round support network for teachers who want to find out just what is involved as well as for those who decide to undergo the rigors of the process. "This is an extremely rigorous and consuming process which can take up to 200 hours to complete," said DSEA President Barbara Grogg. "we all congratulate them, and, as the professional associa- tion for our teachers, we will con- tinue to do whatever we can to help those who choose to seek this recognition." In order to become National Board Certified, a teacher must complete an innovative two-phase process. The first phase is con- ducted at the teacher's school where each teacher builds a port- folio which illustrates evidence of good teaching practice as well as demonstrating how their teaching meets the advanced standards in their fields. The portfolio is pre- pared according to instructions Continued on page 60 The perfect ;hristmas gift for children - a book What's the hot item for giving children this Christmas? Books of course! Long after the toys are piled in a corner, books will remain to delight and inspire chil- dren from toddlers to teens. Books are a gift that keep on giving. When they are outgrown, they can be passed onto younger family members, saved for grand- children or donated to a school or shelter. Here are some suggestions taken from the Independent Bookstores' website. These books represent the top 10 vote getters for this year complete with a comment from the bookseller to help you choose the best book for children on your Christmas list. "A House Called Awful End: Book One of the Eddie Dickins Trilogy" by Philip Ardagh; illus- trated by David Roberts - "All you fans of Mr. Snicket and Mr. Dahl, here you go! Mr. Ardagh is here with a new series about kids persevering despite some dire straits. Here's the first ridiculous, witty, and fun installment. Enjoy!" Carol Schweppe, Hicklebee's, San Jose, Ca. SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese x secret in the author's own family, this story works on many levels. Martin opens our eyes to shades of gray, where it's hard to make choices and live with the conse- quences. A great choice for moth- er/daughter book clubs." - Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Books, Houston, Texas. "Feed" by M.T. Anderson - "Anderson has created such a con- vincing future world complete with so many provocative ideas and sly commentary, I marveled at one. It's a very deserving finalist for the National Book Award, with more awards likely." - Carol Chittenden, Eight Cousins Bookshop, Falmouth, Ma, "Toot & Puddle: Top of the World" by Holly Hobbie - ''Toot's off again, so, knowing what his best friend loves to do, Puddle hops trains, planes and bicycles until he finds Toot in a French caf6. Then, off they go to Nepal for the biggest adventure of them all. Complete with beautiful watercolor illustrations, this one should get you hooked on these irresistible characters!" - Mary Fellow, Annie Bloom's Bookstore, Portland, Ore. "Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Henry" by Maira Kalman - "This is a clas- sic that will be just as powerful 50 years from now. I am immensely grateful Kalman had this book in her. Portions of the proceeds of sales of this book will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund." - Tony Miksak, Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, Mendocino, Ca. "A Corner of the Universe" by_ how he fit them all into one book. "The House of the Sco_rl?ion" by Ann M. Martin - Based on a I think teens will really enjoy this Nancy Farmer - 'Two-ume Newbery honoree Farmer is back with a futuristic tale about a strange place and time. This won- derful novel has strong characters, provocative and timely ideas, and a gripping plot." - Susanna Nawrocki, The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, Texas, also a National Book Award Finalist "The Sands of Time" by Michael Hoeye "Another delightful adventure with Hermux Tantamoq, the mouse watchmaker we met in Time Stops for No Mouse. He is back with his friends in search of an ancient civ- ilization of mythical creatures called 'cats.' Did these fearsome- beasts actually exist? Travel with Hermux through another exciting exploit and find out." - Mary Swanson, The Bookloft, Enterprise, Ore. "New York's Bravest" by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher - "Osborne has done it again. This book is a wonderful, heroic tale that will inspire and excite all who read it or have it read to them. Osborne never talks down to her audience, and, as a result, her story pulls the reader/listener into the adventure and makes him/her one with the action." - Marge Grutzmacher, Passtimes Books, Sister Bay, Wi. "The Spider & The Fly" by Mary Howitt; illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi - "In this delightfully ghoulish picture book, the classic morality tale of the spider and the fly is played out with the sparkling, delicate illustrations of the talented DiTerlizzi. The spooky dream-like tone of the backgrounds is a perfect match to the growing troubles of the fly. Sure to be a storytime favorite." - Alex Pippard, BookPeople, Austin, Texas. "Catalyst" by Laurie Halse Anderson - "I inhaled this in one sitting. High school senior Kate Malone, daughter of the local minister, keeps her motherless family together and deals with the struggles of one of her classmates. His is a touching look at how important it is not to judge some- one by what his or her life looks like on the outside." - Mary Ellen Kavanaugh; My Sisters' Words, Syracuse, N.Y. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.