Teri Dary is Wisconsin’s Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Winner
Therese Teri Dary of Waupun, a teacher at Beaver Dams
Jefferson Elementary School, has been named the recipient of the 2000
Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in recognition of her efforts to strengthen
the relationship between schools and communities.
Dary will take a sabbatical from her duties as a Grades 3-4 classroom
teacher to promote the Do Something program across Wisconsin.
Her contract will be paid through a grant from the Council of Chief State
School Officers, which manages the fellowship program.
The fellowship is named in honor of teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe,
who died in the explosion of the shuttle Challenger in 1986. A statewide
panel selects award recipients based on teaching experience, recommendations,
and a proposal for school improvement.
In a telephone conversation, State Superintendent John T. Benson congratulated
Dary on her selection. He said that all Wisconsin residents need to acknowledge
the important role of teachers and recognize their impact on the lives
Christa McAuliffe said it best, according to Benson, when
she described her own career by saying, I touch the future. I teach.
Darys proposal, Do Something: Schools, Children, and Communities,
stressed her belief in the need for a standards-based citizenship curriculum
that will produce students who take an active role in keeping their communities
safe, peaceful, and productive. The goal, Dary said in her application,
is to empower students to create strong and healthy communities
In hearing about the fellowship award, Dary expressed a great deal of
thanks to administration and staff in the Beaver Dam School District for
all of their help and support in implementing the Do Something League
in the district.
Prior to her current appointment, Dary taught emotionally disturbed and
learning disabled students for 10 years. During the last eight years at
Jefferson Elementary School, she has variously served as a trainer for
the schools peer-mediation program, acted as co-adviser for the
student council, and mentored beginning teachers.
Her Beaver Dam co-workers selected Dary as Elementary School Teacher
of the Year in 1998-99. In support of her candidacy, Beaver Dam School
District administrator noted, Teri has a rich background of active
involvement and commitment to her students, school, and community.
Wisconsins proposal for the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship program
is unique in connecting fellowship activities with the states citizenship
initiatives resulting in safe schools.
Do Something is a network of young people making a difference in their
communities. Do Something has found a way to reach young people and make
a meaningfully positive impact in their lives.
Through Do Something programs, young people develop, own, and execute
community building projects that help them measurably develop strong character,
belief in themselves, and regular and impactful involvement in their communities.
Do Something recruits and trains educators called Community Coaches who
guide and support young people as they work to improve their lives, schools,
and neighborhoods. Do Something supports the efforts of the Community
Coaches with innovative curricula, online and offline connections and
networks, and recognition and incentives.
Founded on the belief that students learn best by doing, the Do Something
League offers a simple structure through which young people of all ages
and backgrounds can develop leadership skills which they can immediately
apply to the real world through an established, year-round calendar of
community projects and events.
The curriculum is made up of lessons and activities centered around topics
such as strategic planning, public speaking, constructive criticism, time
management, tolerance, and much more. The lessons are conveniently divided
into age-appropriate learning groups (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12).
Because the Do Something League connects students and teachers with community
leaders and community institutions, students learn how every project
even every action contributes to a larger movement of community
building within their school, in their community, and across the nation.
Next fall, the Do Something League will be holding a state-wide training
for teachers in Wisconsin who would like to become trained community coaches.
For more information, contact Teri Dary, Jefferson School, Beaver Dam,
WI 53916, (920) 885-7392, email@example.com
or visit the Web site at www.dosomething.org.
Posted May 16, 2000