PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Tammy Lanier, Director
Communications and Public Information
Cell: 281.543.7845 or Office: 713.696.0752

Carol Vaughn, Communications Manager
Communications and Public Information
Cell: 281.660.9205 or Office: 713.696.0756



HCDE Highpoint North teacher wins educator award
HCDE
Teaching at-risk, behavioral-challenged teens requires a high degree of structure and skill and a pound of patience.

Science teacher Lopamudra Gupta is responsible for teaching and reinforcing both science and social skills in her classroom at Harris County Department of Education’s Highpoint North, a school for adjudicated or expelled youth.

The OfficeMax/Education Foundation of Harris County “Surprise Patrol” visited Gupta and her students Dec. 8 at Highpoint North, 11902 Spears Road in north Houston as she won the Teacher of the Month award for December 2006.

Her nomination as Teacher of the Month submitted by Principal Michele Kronke is filled with anecdotes about her dedication to her students. Most notably, the teacher is lauded for her sense of calm with students who are sometimes frustrated, wowed and excited while gaining academic and social success.

Gupta receives gifts that include a digital camera, printer and $350 gift certificate from OfficeMax. She’ll also be honored with flowers, balloons and a banner.

Teacher of the Month nominations are sent electronically or through the mail from students, community members or teaching staff in Harris County. The selected teacher is surprised by the Education Foundation of Harris County and OfficeMax representatives via a surprise patrol celebration the first Friday of each month.

At year’s end, one teacher is selected from the monthly winners as “Teacher of the Year.” All nine teachers are being honored this January at a banquet by guest speaker Barbara Bush. To nominate a teacher, access www.educationfoundation.info .
About Teacher of the Month Lopamudra Gupta:
This 8-12 grade teacher incorporates hands-on learning in her science lessons. When teaching about friction, she brings in miniature race tracks, using Hot Wheels and a racetrack to demonstrate theory to bring friction alive. To demonstrate how bacteria spread, she covers students’ hands with single-color glitter-glue and has them shake hands.

Gupta clearly enjoys being around adolescents. Her principal says she has this innate sense of knowing when to ignore bad behavior or to confront it. The students at Highpoint North are expelled or adjudicated youth who travel by bus from referral school districts. After a period, they return to their home schools equipped with the social and academic skills to succeed.

“Ms. Gupta’s love of learning is contagious,” said Kronke. “She encourages her kids to aim high and dream big.”
The Education Foundation of Harris County, a 501c3 organization founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the Harris County Department of Education, which supports programs for the 26 school districts in Harris County creating opportunities for all children.
###
Close Window