Campus: CSU San Marcos -- September 23, 2002
CSU San Marcos Alumni and Roosevelt Middle School
Teacher, Roxane Rollins, Named 2002 Disney's American Teacher Awards
Disney Awards $515,000 to Deserving Teachers and Schools
Roxane Rollins, a sixth, seventh and eighth grade teacher at Roosevelt
Middle School in Oceanside, Calif., has been selected a Disney’s
American Teacher Awards honoree for 2002. Rollins is one of 32 teachers
selected from more than 185,000 nominees. Rollins will be flown to Los
Angeles with other outstanding teachers from across the country, who
collectively will be receiving awards totaling $515,000, and who will
be honored for their talents, skills and commitment to their profession
in July 2003.
“Our nation’s teachers and their creativity are an integral
component making a positive impact on our nation’s future,”
said Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “Disney’s
American Teacher Awards is one way to recognize those whose dedication
and devotion educate and help shape our nation’s children. Roxane
Rollins exemplifies the best of the best. It is our honor to honor her
and all the other teachers who do so much for so many.”
Rollins’ innovative classroom environment is centered around music.
“It is music that bridges our ages, our experiences and our development.
There is music to come in with and music to go out with and if the situation
is right, there is even music to write or think with,” says Rollins.
When she introduced the book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1964, she
featured music classics from the 60’s such as Yakkety Yak and
I Heard It Through The Grapevine. It is this constructive engagement,
combined with her genuine enthusiasm to teach, that has earned Roxane
Rollins a Disney’s American Teacher Award.
The 32 honorees, chosen by a national selection committee comprised
of distinguished educators, are nominated in one of 10 teaching categories.
In July, one finalist will be selected in each category, and the Outstanding
Teacher of the Year will be chosen by the honorees from among the 10
The 10 teaching categories include:
- Elementary: Early Childhood, Primary and Intermediate
- Middle School/Junior High: The Sciences and The Humanities
- High School: The Sciences and The Humanities
- Kindergarten through 12th Grade: The Arts, Special Needs &
Gifted Education; Wellness and Sports
The Walt Disney Company will award $10,000 to each of the 32 honorees,
and their respective schools will receive $5,000. The 10 category finalists
each will receive an additional $5,000. The Outstanding Teacher of the
Year will be awarded $25,000, with $10,000 being given to the Outstanding
In addition to the awards ceremony and monetary contributions, honorees
will participate in a unique professional development program focused
on innovative approaches to teaching and learning and leadership development.
The teachers and their principals will attend a workshop in October
2003 at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, Fla., where they
will learn how to share their creative teaching practices, and also
develop an action plan focused on improving professional collaboration
and teacher learning in their schools during the 2003-2004 school year.
Since 1989, Disney’s American Teacher Awards have saluted exemplary
teachers in Kindergarten through 12th grade for innovative teaching
methods that actively engage students in learning. The focus of Disney’s
American Teacher Awards is to recognize the teaching profession, showcase
creativity in the classroom and honor those who assist in developing
creative teaching strategies in their school districts.
The honorees were chosen by a selection committee comprised of representatives
of the following organizations: American Association of School Administrators,
American Federation of Teachers, Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development, The Council for American Private Education, Council for
Exceptional Children, Council of Great City Schools, The Galef Institute,
Harvard University’s Project Zero, National Association of Elementary
School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals,
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education
Association, National Middle School Association and National PTA. In
addition, past Disney’s American Teacher Awards honorees have
served on the selection committee.
Disney’s American Teacher Awards is part of DisneyHand, the worldwide
outreach for the Walt Disney Company, whose mission is dedicated to
making the dreams of families and children a reality through focused
public service initiatives, community outreach and volunteerism in areas
including learning, compassion, the arts and the environment.
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