Dear English teaching colleagues,
Owing to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you that the
meeting with Shanna Peeples, U.S. Teacher of the Year 2015, due to take place
at the American Center Jerusalem on Tuesday September 1 at 5:00 p.m., has been
We do hope you will be able to make it to another encounter with Shanna
Peeples, scheduled to take place at the MATACH offices in Tel Aviv on the
following day, Wednesday September 2 (see details below).
Thanks as always for your understanding, --Jackie
When: Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 16:00-18:00
Where: MATACH (CET), המרכז לטכנולוגיה חינוכית, קלאוזנר 16, תל אביב
Who: Teachers and Educators who speak English. Please invite friends and
What: Celebrate the start of the new school year at a meetup (talk and Q&A)
with Shanna Peeples, named 2015 USA National Teacher of the Year on April 27,
Background: Shanna took a circuitous route to the classroom. She worked as a
disc jockey, medical assistant, pet sitter and journalist before teaching, as
she says, chose her. Peeples now teaches at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo,
Texas, where she spends half of her day as a high school English teacher and
the other half mentoring, coaching and challenging her colleagues to grow in
the teaching profession.
At Palo Duro High School, her students come from many different backgrounds.
Amarillo is one of several cities in the United States that helps refugees find
new paths in life and gain access to critical resources. As a result, Peeples
works with many students who speak English as a second language or recently
entered the United States from another country.
“My students, survivors of deep and debilitating trauma, have shaped the kind
of teacher I am," she says. "They have taught me to never make a promise I
can't keep because so many already have learned to see the world through
suspicious eyes. To be the best teacher to them, I have to remember this and
honor their background. I remember so I can gain their trust because I want
them to read and write their way out of where they are."
We recommend watching this clip:
To reserve a spot, email Risa Levy
Guests should park in public parking or arrive by train
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