Rebecca Scarfone, a math teacher at Gardner Middle School in Temecula Valley Unified School District, spent June 4-7 in New Orleans participating in TeachFest, a unique professional development event focused on creating high-quality Common Core curricular resources. Scarfone attended the event as part of LearnZillion’s Dream Team of 200 talented math and English language arts (ELA) teachers.
At TeachFest, the Dream Team kicked-off a rigorous summer-long collaboration with educators from around the country – deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and gathering best practices as input for their work with LearnZillion. Dream Team members have now returned to their respective districts to continue their work as part of a LearnZillion-facilitated digital professional learning community (PLC).
“TeachFest is a unique and amazing opportunity to create a professional community of talented and dedicated teachers,” said Scarfone. “I will take with me the energy and enthusiasm to inspire kids to enjoy engaging in the work of understanding content at a deep level.”
“Rebecca, like every member of our Dream Team, has embraced this challenging professional learning opportunity because she is passionate about developing her practice and scaling her impact for the benefit of teachers and students around the world,” said Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion CEO. “It is an honor to work with and to champion talented, impact-oriented educators like Rebecca.”
The diverse 2014 Dream Team members were selected from a competitive pool of 4,000 applicants. They represent 42 states, three countries (U.S., Singapore and Tunisia) and over 2,300 years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom. Click here for a complete list of educator names by state.