Dresden teacher honored

Dresden teacher honored
By BRAD GASKINS
News Editor
Dresden Middle School teacher Erin Warrilow got what she called a pleasant surprise Oct. 25.
That’s when state Rep. Andy Holt recognized the second-year science teacher with a proclamation praising her teaching efforts. The proclamation was presented during a morning assembly in front of all the school’s students.
“It was awesome,” Warrilow said. “I was not expecting it.
“The best part of it was getting all the students to see that teachers do something outside of the classroom.”
Warrilow has received numerous grants and awards in her young teaching career. The most recent came last summer, when NASA selected her as one of 12 teachers from across the nation to work for a week at the Glenn Research Center in the extreme Green Lab in Cleveland, Ohio.
Warrilow graduated from Dresden High in 2001. She received a bachelor’s in business in 2007 from Bethel and got a master’s in teaching from Bethel in 2010.
“It’s a challenge,” she said of teaching. “Every day is interesting. It keeps me on my toes, but I enjoy every minute of it. I try to do as much hands-on activities as possible. I feel that’s the way kids learn science the best — by doing it.”
She uses video games and an Ipad in the classroom — “anything that gets on their (students’) level.”
During the lesson on motion, students take turns playing a racing game on the iPad, with the screen image projecting on a wall so everybody can see.
“They get to race and then calculate their motion, velocity and speed,” she said.
Warrilow initially wanted to be a language arts teacher but settled into science. She credited longtime Dresden Middle School science teacher Buddy Blakemore with instilling in her a love for science when she was an eighth-grade student at the school.
“He really grew my interest in science,” she said of Blakemore.
Email Brad Gaskins at wcpeditor@frontiernet.net.
Published in The WCP 11.1.12

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