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Breaking News: Agnes Meyer Winner Announced

Breaking News: Agnes Meyer Winner Announced

Photo: Diane Kolata works with her students at Chevy Chase ES

The Agnes Meyer award is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington metropolitan area school district by The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation. This year’s Montgomery County winner, Diane Kolata, has been teaching at Chevy Chase Elementary School for four years.

A National Board Certified teacher, Kolata gives students choices, which allows them to take ownership of their learning. Being able to select a book based on a students interest motivates them to achieve at a higher level and boosts their understanding. "This empowers students because it allows them to contribute large amounts of background knowledge to group discussions," Kolata says. "It also lets them know that I believe in them so that they believe in themselves." Kolata believes that working in groups allows children to support one another, and she creates extraordinary educational experiences that leave lasting impressions on her students.

Her hard work has paid off. There have been improvements in scores for the fifth grade MAP-R assessments and in the Maryland School Assessment for Reading. As part of the Agnes Meyer recognition, Kolata has been honored with $3,000 from The Washington Post.


Last Updated: 3/31/2009