IRA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

The International Reading Association will honor an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing, across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). At least 60% of the school's students must be eligible for free or reduced lunch. The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs.

The US$2,500 award is supported by a grant from Regie Routman.

Submission deadline: extended until January 15, 2015

IRA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant Application

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Award Recipients

Tiffany Mercer

Tiffany Mercer, a 5th grade English Language Arts and Reading teacher at Hillsboro Intermediate School (HIS) in Hillsboro, TX, is passionate about integrating technology into the literacy classroom. Mercer believes advanced technology provides students the opportunity to learn vital technology skills and access to additional creative outlets, as well as increase peer-to-peer collaboration.

Since joining Hillsboro ISD in 2009, Mercer has had a positive impact in the classroom, serving in various teaching positions including 3rd, 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts and Reading. She has also excelled in leadership and administrative roles including team leader for both 4th and 5th grades, ELAR department chair, and a principal internship. Prior to joining HIS, Mercer was a 3rd grade teacher at Reagan Elementary in Quanah, TX.

A Master Reading-certified teacher, Mercer is committed instilling the love of reading in her students through the creative and innovative use of technology.

Among Mercer's impressive accolades are recipient of the Hillsboro Education Foundation Scholarship (January 2012) and member of the Hillsboro ISD Employee Honor Roll (Spring 2011). In addition, she has been a multiple-grant winner with the Hillsboro Education Foundation, in which she has purchased items to improve literacy in both her classroom and across the grade level.

Mercer earned a B.A. degree from Midwestern State University in Mass Communication and an M.A.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Triple Literacy from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has also completed the Principal Certification program through Lamar University.
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