Press Release for Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Jacksonville Teachers Receive Prior Awards

Four Jacksonville teachers will each receive $12,000 in recognition of their dedication to area students and the teaching profession. Nancy Lotowycz of Atlantic Beach Elementary, Tim Clark of Baldwin Middle-Senior High, Marjorie Nolan of First Coast High and Dan Hall of The Bolles School will receive Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence.
This is the eighth year the awards have been presented, thanks to the generosity of Jacksonville native Gilchrist Berg, founder and president of Water Street Capital, an investment firm based in Jacksonville. Berg established the awards, which are administered by the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida, to honor the late Gladys Prior, one of his teachers at Ortega Elementary School. Berg said Prior saw his potential and encouraged him to succeed.
Nancy Lotowycz, Atlantic Beach Elementary School
Lotowycz has been teaching children with special needs for three decades. One parent describes her work with severely language impaired children as a magical transformation. According to Lotowycz, “I want to continuously seek better ways to help children learn. If they’re not learning, then I’m not teaching the skill correctly.”
Tim Clark, Baldwin Middle-Senior High School
Clark has spent the 31 years of his professional career teaching chemistry and physics at Baldwin Middle-Senior High. He also coaches football at the school. Clark tells people that his intention is to change the world, one student at a time. “It is my belief that each individual student is important and with the proper motivation and effort, each student can be successful.”
Marjorie Nolan, First Coast High School
For the past 26 years, Nolan has been in the classroom, teaching English and reading. Her work has received the praise of administrators, fellow teachers and students. According to Nolan, “I believe that learning is magical and that it ought to be a powerful force in everyone’s life.”
Dan Hall, The Bolles School
Hall has been a mathematics teacher for 36 years. During his career, he has received nearly a dozen awards for his outstanding work in the classroom. “Students must be engaged in exploring, conjecturing, and thinking rather than only in the rote learning of rules and procedures.”
Administrators from UNF's College of Education and Human Services will visit each of the schools today to announce the awards. They will be at Atlantic Beach Elementary at 8:45 a.m., Baldwin at noon, First Coast High at 2:00 p.m. and Bolles at 4:00 p.m.
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