Courtney Dishian, a Fifth Grade Teacher at Perry Hill Elementary School in Shelton, was recently awarded the 2016 Weller Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of her project entitled, “Out of the World Alien Project”.
The goal of her project was “for students to research a planet of their choosing and construct a 3D model of an alien that could live on their planet based on the planet’s features. Students presented their findings as a passport which allowed their alien to travel to Earth and visit their classroom. Aliens were created out of recycled materials, the passport detailed their alien’s features connecting it to real facts that were researched, and also contained additional information about the planet. Students presented their information by visiting the international space commissioner, Ms. Dishian, and showing their passport.”
The Weller Excellence in Teaching Award (formerly The Weller Outstanding Teacher Award) program was introduced to the Shelton Public School System in 1994. The award recognizes the teaching quality and innovation exhibited by classroom teachers of Grades Kindergarten through Grade 5. It is hoped that this honor will help encourage the teaching excellence that is so vital to our youth.
As recipient of this award, Ms. Dishian was honored at the Foundation’s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University on April 27 and presented with a $1,000 award and a certificate of honor.