Maryann Molishus (PA '08)
TeacherGoodnoe Elementary School
At the time of the Award, Maryann Molishus was:Teacher
Goodnoe Elementary School
From social studies to math, second-grade teacher Maryann Molishus makes the curriculum vivid through technology at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Students learn to participate in webinars with, for example, authors of books they are reading, use digital photography and create podcasts—projects that help all of her students meet district benchmarks in reading. Molishus combines geography, current events and poetry as students track the mushers during the annual Iditarod. Students get to know the mushers the way some children know baseball players, with fifth graders serving as team sponsors. She involves her students in the Habitat Project, a yearlong collaborative effort during which small student groups investigate a specific habitat, culminating in eight-foot murals painted to include all animals and plants researched. Another hallmark Molishus project is a science unit on balance, culminating a five-day Science Circus Camp with a "Cirque de la Balance" show for parents. Known for her creativity and persistence with academically or behaviorally challenged children, Molishus motivated one struggling student by involving her in a yearlong study of the city of Philadelphia, with support from classmates. As a Keystones Technology Integrator for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Molishus provides professional development at school and district levels. She serves on the Superintendent’s Professional Advisory Committee, as a teacher representative on the board of the Council Rock Education Foundation, and was a grant reviewer for the Classroom of the Future program—a good fit for an educator who prepares her students to succeed in the 21st century.