Sister Clara Esker

ClaraTitle: Teacher, Learning Center Director

Company: Moreland Notre Dame School

Location: Watsonville, California

Watsonville, CA, August 25, 2015, Sister Clara Esker, Teacher and Learning Center Director of Moreland Notre Dame School, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in language arts.

Sister Esker has 51 years of professional experience, with 16 years as a teacher and learning center director of Moreland Notre Dame School. Throughout her career, she has set herself apart as an expert in language arts. Each day, she teaches English to eighth-grade students, and religion to seventh-grade students. She also manages a composition class for first- through eighth-grade students.

Sister Esker volunteers her spare time working with wildlife protection groups. She is also a fervent supporter of sports events at her school. The 2010 Moreland Notre Dame yearbook was dedicated in her honor. She became involved in her profession after receiving inspiration from her teachers and tutoring her classmate. She found that she could impart a great deal of knowledge to others. The most gratifying aspect of her career is meeting with returning alumni, who thank her for teaching them how to write well, as well as reinforcing the English skills necessary for success.

Sister Esker received a master’s degree in elementary education, with a minor in social studies, from Clarke College in 1977, and she maintains affiliation with the National Community Education Association. In five years, Sister Esker hopes to continue teaching and helping children express themselves.

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Sharon Schied

Title: Teacher

Company: Haverling Central School

Location:  Bradford, NY

Bradford, NY, August 6, 2015, Sharon Schied, Teacher at Haverling Central School, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in education. Continue reading

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Mary Lou Cortez

Title: Reading Specialist

Company: Northside Independent School District

Location: San Antonio, TX

Mary Lou Cortez has 45 years of experience as an educator, and two years as a reading specialist at Adams Hill Elementary School, which is part of the Northside Independent School District. As an expert in special education, Ms. Cortez teaches special ed for first- through fifth-grade students, in the subjects of reading, mathematics and language arts. She teaches catechism in the evenings. She attributes her success to her hard work and to the support she received from her teachers. Ms. Cortez became involved in her profession because of her experience with her brother, who had learning problems. In years to come, Ms. Cortez hopes to continue teaching. Continue reading

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Janice Tucker Shepard

janice shepard 1953781Title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Company: Chicago Public Schools

Location: Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL, August 4, 2015, Janice Tucker Shepard, MS, CCC-SLP-L , Speech-Language Pathologist at Chicago Public Schools, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievement and leadership in speech pathology. Continue reading

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Richard Novak, Ed.D.

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Company: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Richard Novak has 28 years of overall experience and two years as Vice President of Continuing Studies and Distance Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Each day, he directs the operations of RutgersOnline, the centralized home for Rutgers University online degree programs, while also providing executive leadership for a large and diverse university-wide division at Rutgers University that includes more than 125 employees in 15 distinct units at more than a dozen locations, that coordinate hundreds of credit and non-credit programs, enroll thousands of participants and reach audiences from youth to retirees. Continue reading

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Keith B. Anderson

Title: Online Distance Learning Specialist

Company: Self-Employed

Location: Pharr, TX

As an Online Distance Learning Specialist, Keith B. Anderson attributes his success to his passion and calling to serve God, and a wife who has been serving with him in ministry. He became involved in his profession after he received his degree in seminary studies. He wanted to help others in the field, particularly those who only spoke Spanish, as well as serve God with the experience he obtained through his studies.. The highlight of his career was experiencing how God directs his life through various experiences and circumstances. God always shows that His ways are better than man’s ways. Continue reading

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Sally VanBebber-Salter

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Title: Speech Pathologist

Company: Club Z In-Home Tutoring

Location: Stockton, CA

Stockton, CA, August 14, 2015, Sally VanBebber-Salter, Speech Pathologist at Club Z In-Home Tutoring, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievement and leadership in speech patholohy. Continue reading

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