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Patricia A. McFall Receives Teacher of the Year Award

Channel 13/WNET has announced that Patricia A. McFall of Scotch Plains has been selected as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year 1997 by the National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI).

The NTTI is an annual intensive teacher training conference designed for Kindergarten through Grade 12 mathematics, science and technology teachers from the tri-state area. Mrs. McFall’s selection was announced during the institute’s annual four-day training period in New York City.

The institute is sponsored by Channel Thirteen/WNET, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Texaco.

Mrs. McFall has been a first grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in Scotch Plains for the past 10 years. She served as a master teacher for the NTTI for two summers, along with working at Fairleigh Dickinson University helping candidates for master’s degrees in science to improve their teaching techniques.

The award comes with a $1,000 prize, which Mrs. McFall said she may use to buy a new television for her classroom. She uses television as an interactive interdisciplinary method to enhance and enrich her lessons. Instructional Television (ITV) is a methodology that is used to explain, motivate, reinforce and reach different learning styles of students as they try to understand math and science concepts.

McFall is an A+ grant winner for a program called the "McBug Club" and a mini grant winner in 1995 for a program entitled "Get a Smart Start — Read."

She is the recipient of a grant from the Educational Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood to establish a butterfly garden, and helped track butterflies with her class during migration through the University of Kansas.

In 1997 she received a mini grant for a project called "Come Fly With Me" that complemented her butterfly garden. She served as site coordinator for the GEMS science pilot program for the University of California.

Kean College of New Jersey named her as one of the outstanding cooperating teachers in 1996. She has served as a panelist for WNET in a program that focused on equality in education.

Mrs. McFall has earned two master’s degrees from Kean College, one in early childhood, the other in administration and supervision. She is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society at Rutgers University.

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