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The Achievement Network Honors JPPSS Teacher and Student

The Achievement Network (ANet) has named a Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) teacher, Dawn Lobell, a second grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, and a fifth grade student at Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary School, Rogelio Estrada, as its “Teacher of the Year” and “Student of the Year,” respectively. The two honorees were chosen from nominees among 64 schools in Louisiana that partner with ANet, encompassing 1,400 teachers and 20,000 students.

“I want to congratulate Dawn Lobell and Rogelio Estrada for all of their accomplishments,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “To be selected as the Teacher of the Year and Student of the Year from this pool of talented nominees across the state is a real honor.”

ANet partners with schools to provide data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning and embed those strategies into schools’ everyday routines, and currently works with 24 JPPSS schools.

“By working with ANet, we are able to strengthen our schools’ practice and culture of using learning standards and achievement data to get breakthrough results for students,” said Meza.

Lobell and Estrada were honored at ANet’s 2013 Annual Showcase, which included an awards ceremony that recognized nominees in four categories: School Leader of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Student of the Year, and the School Impact Award. Seven school leaders, 17 teachers, and 10 students were nominated by their colleagues and ANet staff members.

“The showcase is a wonderful event where we reflect on the year behind us and highlight the excellent work of our students, our teachers, our school leaders, and our schools,” said Michael Ripski, Executive Director of The Achievement Network Louisiana. “We are proud to recognize Dawn and Rogelio and have them represent the strong partnership between ANet and JPPSS.”

Nominated by her colleagues, Lobell was recognized for her focus on excellence, her use of standards and data to increase student achievement, and her status as a “change agent” in her school. According to ANet, Lobell was selected for this honor based on her embrace of the rigor of the Common Core Standards and the significant increase of her students’ scores on ANet’s interim assessments since the beginning of the year.

Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary principal Elizabeth Wren nominated Estrada for his achievements this school year, investment in his own learning, and his eagerness to help his peers reach academic excellence. In her nomination, Wren highlighted Estrada’s achievements, which included maintaining a data notebook, tracking his progress and reflecting on his preparation and performance, and tutoring classmates.