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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Charter educator gets Teacher of the Year, again

By Bill Turque

The public charter school community may believe that it gets shorted on issues such as funding and facilities. But it's a beast when it comes to the District of Columbia Teacher of the Year contest. For the third year in a row, an OSSE review panel has selected a charter school teacher for the honor. This year it's Jon Rolle, a third grade teacher at Friendship's Southeast Elementary Academy. Rolle, who teaches an all-boys class, was selected "because of his dedication to his students, his firm belief that all students can achieve, his commitment to teaching, and his ability to serve as an ambassador and role model for teachers of the District of Columbia," said the announcement from the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Two finalists were also from charter schools: Julianna Tabor, a second grade teacher at Excel Academy ,and Oliver Jones, a 10th grade math teacher at Hyde Leadership.

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By Bill Turque  | February 9, 2011; 3:50 PM ET
 
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Male teachers win these types of awards disproportionately. I don't think it is fair at all.

Posted by: heatherdc1980 | February 10, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Jon Rolle! Heatherdc1980, I do not know of evidence to show that male teachers are overrepresented in this award. If I remember correctly, last year's winner was a female special education teacher, also from Friendship. If anything, we should be giving awards out left and right to the few male elementary/middle school teachers in the District. These young boys need strong male guidance. It's wonderful to see Mr. Rolle receive this award. Congratulations again!

Posted by: lafilleverte | February 15, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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