Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Natalie Attar - Teach for America Success Story

Teach for America Success Story - Natalie Attar of Waianae Elementary School

Natalie Attar (Hawai'i Corps '06)
Undergraduate University: University of Arizona
Major: Nutrition

Natalie Attar teaches third grade math at Waianae Elementary in the Leeward Complex Area. Natalie collaborated with Courtney Owen (Corps ’06) to design an ambitious new curriculum map for her school, focusing on new assessments, lessons, and long-term plans that were both rigorous and in line with state standards. Her hard work and relentless dedication to her students paid off. At the beginning of the year, only 12 percent of Natalie’s students scored at a basic level or above on the Hawai‘i Quarterly Assessment, but by the end of the year, 100 percent of her students scored at the basic level or higher, with 93 percent of her students demonstrating proficient or advanced work. The success in Natalie’s classroom is representative of the impact that our movement is having in schools across Hawai’i.

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