The Massachusetts state board of education has named Frank W. Haydu III, a businessman and former state board member, as the state's interim education commissioner. He will temporarily fill the job being vacated by Robert V. Antonnucci, who has served as the schools chief since 1992. Mr. Antonnuci announced his resignation recently to become the president of ICS Learning Systems, based in Scranton, Pa.
Mr. Haydu is the chairman of Wellesley, Mass.-based Haydu and Lind, a developer of senior-living projects. He served on the state school board from 1992 to 1996.
The board has began a national search to find a permanent commissioner. Mr. Haydu, meanwhile, is scheduled to take up his new duties March 2.
Five California teachers from the elementary through high school levels are the first beneficiaries of a program that recognizes innovative teaching with grants of $25,000 apiece.
The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation recently named the winners of the first TeachEach awards, a recognition program for California teachers. The award, designed to identify and showcase educators with teaching methods that engage a wide range of students, was launched by the foundation last year. Based in San Mateo, Calif., the philanthropy supports efforts to improve the lives of children with learning differences.
Each winner of the new award received a $15,000 cash grant and a $10,000 grant for her school for professional development.
The winners of this year's awards and their programs are:
Margaret Carlock, a high school chemistry and biophysical-science teacher at Albany High School in California. Ms. Carlock uses activities such "interactive science talk" to help students master the principles of science.
Brenda Goldstein and Vonneke Miller, 6th grade team teachers in science at Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale. The two procured funding to design and build a replica of a space station with lab stations and a media center on the perimeter of their school.
Jennifer Miley, an elementary general education teacher at Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto. Ms. Miley uses conflict resolution and class meetings to allow students to voice their concerns and learn to respect one another.
Jane Risk, a middle school mathematics teacher at San Francisco Community School. The 25-year teaching veteran leads her students through projects that emphasize real-life experiences.
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