2007--Riverhead, NY) Mrs. Pat Jordan-Cowley, a 5th grade teacher at
the Pulaski Street School, was recently celebrated as one of 12 Long
Island teachers chosen to be a “News 12 Educator of the Month.”
Clip.) Mrs. Jordan-Cowley was one of approximately 40 teachers nominated
for this distinction. News 12 and Dowling College, who co-sponsors the
award, choose the teachers based on the nomination of their principal
and a set of criteria. One of the panelists and the Dean of the School
of Education at Dowling College, Dr. Clyde Payne, traveled to the Pulaski
Street School to recognize Mrs. Jordan-Cowley for this achievement and
to award her with a tribute and a plaque during an assembly at Pulaski.
Dr. Payne, who had been an interim principal at the Phillips Avenue
School after his retirement and prior to his appointment at Dowling
College, congratulated Mrs. Jordan-Cowley on her achievement and listed
her many contributions to her students, her school, her district, her
community and the larger global community. Dr. Payne recognized Mrs.
Jordan-Cowley for her ability to:
her students needs above everything else—by recognizing their
academic, emotional and social needs – and tailoring her teaching
to those needs.
her love of literature with both her students and her colleagues throughout
the building. Model enthusiasm for writing. Mrs. Jordan-Cowley is
an author of two children’s books, That Ain’t Right and
Corner Man. She enthusiastically embraces the Reading/Writing Workshop
curriculum and has conducted Portfolio Book Publishing and Writing
on curriculum with her colleagues and mentor other teachers, both
formally and informally. A group of 5th grade teachers recently used
Tomie dePaola’s birthday as a leaping off point for a letter
her students with hands-on experiences, role playing and critical
her students in her concern for the environment. She involved her
class in a “Save the Bays” project and was the recipient
of the “Save the Bays” Award for being an exceptional
teacher of bay stewardship.
her students about social studies by involving them in social projects.
Her class wrote letters to pass the Harriet Tubman Bill and produced
a quilt in her honor that traveled the entire Underground Railroad
route with the Department of the Interior.
meaningful and engaging lessons that extend to the larger community.
She has been affiliated with NASA Teaching Projects, the Toshiba Project
for Gifted and Talented Students, the Tag and Release Program for
a species of fish in the Riverhead area, has participated in fundraisers
for special environmental field trips and organized letter and gift
package projects for veterans of the Iraq and Gulf Wars.
final judge of a great teacher, however, is his/her students, and
Mrs. Jordan-Cowley’s students gave her a big “thumbs
“She knows how to make learning fun,” shared Joseph
“I really like how she gets everyone involved in science experiments,”
stated Garrick Lynch.
“She’s great!” concluded Tyrell Brunskill.
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