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published on 12/29/2006

Red Bank High School Named the 2006 National Career Academy of the Year

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Red Bank High School received its third national Academy Award, as the school’s teaching Academy and was named the 2006 National Career Academy of the Year.

The high school delegation, which included Red Bank High School Principal Gail Chuy, Susan Thurman – Teaching Academy Director, Lead Teacher Pam Boaz and Academy Teacher Pam Rector, received the Henk Koening Outstanding Academy Award from the National Career Academy Coalition at the organization’s annual conference in San Francisco last week in front of nearly 700 representatives from more than 40 states and Japan. This honor recognizes the one academy program in the country, which has demonstrated the greatest success in creating a school-in-a-school theme program and significant links to the local community and employers.

The Red Bank High School Teaching Academy began in 2002. It features a collaborative curriculum, written by Pam Boaz and Pam Rector with input from local educators at both the primary, secondary and university levels. It includes classes such as Exploring Teaching as a Career, methods and Strategies of Teaching and Arts in Education. The Teaching Academy is open to students in grades 10-12 who want to explore the idea of a career in education.

This is the 3rd national award for Red Bank high School in the last two years. In 2005, Sandra Cox from the Health Academy was named National Academy Teacher of the Year and the school and Chattanooga Area Hospital District won the National Community Partnership Award.

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