2010 Shining Star Award Winners
Terry Cash --- Shining Star Award Winner
Mrs. Cash is second-time nominee for the Shining Star award and has received multiple grants. Cash was awarded a grant for “Operation Save Planet Earth.” Through this grant, Cash hopes to teach children the 3 “R’s” to recycling: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The project will address conservation and environmental issues, creating opportunities for students to learn about the importance of taking care of the earth and its resources. Cash will be able to purchase, books, posters, DVD’s and utilize web sites to educate her lower elementary science students on the importance of taking care of the planet. The grant will be used within the current science curriculum and also allow her to begin a school-wide project of saving and recycling.
Cash, who received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in education from Oklahoma State University, is in her 33rd year of teaching, all with Grove Schools. She taught third grade for 22 years and second grade for seven years. She is in her fourth year as a science teacher for the lower elementary where she teaches over 600 students every week. She is married to Ron Cash and they have two sons, Jordon and Jared.
Nominee Kathy Daigle --- Shining Star Nominee
She received a grant for “O-si-yo U-na-li-i: PLAINLY Speaking.” The grant will allow the students in Daigle’s classroom to experience the heritage of the Plains Indians through traditional food, music, dance, forms of communication, including language, dress games and art.
This is Daigle’s second nomination for the Shining Star award and she has received numerous GEFFE grants in the past 12 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in early childhood education from Oklahoma State University and began teaching in Grove in 1986. She previously taught in Oklahoma City, Moore, Afton and Commerce and has over 30 years of teaching experience. In 2009, she was a runner-up for the Early Childhood State Teacher of the Year. She has been married to Joe Daigle for 29 years and they have two grown children, Kelsey Rossman and John Daigle and three grandchildren.
Pam Chaney --- Shing Star Nominee
Mrs. Chaney is a science teacher at Grove High School, and was nominated for her grant “Science Stimulus Package.” Chaney’s grant provided new laboratory equipment, including two stereomicroscopes, two microscopes, two different types of electric balances and two digital hot plates. The new equipment helped establish a new Advanced Placement Environmental Science class as well as a pre-AP biology class at the high school, along with enriching the entire science curriculum. The Advance Placement program offers college level classes in the high school setting. After completing the class, students take a test to determine the number of college credits they will receive. Chaney noted that current school budgets could not the fund the expensive equipment needed for these classes.
Chaney received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s in Education Leadership from Pittsburg State University. She has taught school for 17 years, including stints at Welch, Miami and Oklahoma Union before coming to Grove five years ago. She and her husband, Jarrod, have three children, Taylor, Jonas and Lauren, who all attend Grove Public Schools.
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