TCTC instructor wins award for innovation

Staff report


Charmayne Polen, a nationally board-certified English instructor at Trumbull Career and Technical Center, has been named winner of the Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education Innovative Teacher of the Year Award.

Larry Crawford, academic supervisor at the center, nominated Polen for the award, and he and TCTC Superintendent Jason Gray accompanied her to the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield last month for the award ceremony.

Polen was nominated, Gray said, “because of her support of 21st-century skills and critical thinking, and for promoting creativity and innovation in her classroom. She engages and motivates her students and she has been an important component in the success of our iPad deployment.”

The superintendent said Polen was one of the brave teachers who piloted the devices the first year.

She “helped us to ‘work out the bugs’ and create a system that works,” Gray said.

P-16 is a comprehensive, integrated system of education that links preschool, elementary, middle, high school and postsecondary education. Its goals are to achieve kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading proficiency, eighth-grade math proficiency and postsecondary/career readiness.

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