Vote for Rocky Ridge in Farmers Insurance contest

Rocky Ridge Elementary is the last Washington state school standing in the Farmers Insurance Thank a Million Teachers Dream Big contest. Teacher Elissa Dornan was surprised in an assembly today with the news that she is one of three teachers left in the running for a $100,000 grant.

VOTE FOR:    E. Dornan, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Graham, WA

Teaching Students HOW to Love Reading

My name is Elissa Dornan and I have been an educator in elementary education for almost 20 years in the Puyallup and Bethel School District. Currently, I am an Instructional Coach at an elementary school of over 400 students. Many of our students come from various levels of poverty and English proficiency. Last year 70% of our students qualified for free/reduced lunch. Our students struggle to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. Upon months of research I have discovered a reading approach by Sarah Collinge called the C.I.A. (Collect, Interpret, Apply) Approach to Reading Chapter Books. This approach could make a huge impact on our 3-5th grade students and their teachers. For $2,500 I would be able to purchase Sarah Collinge’s Book Study, guides, and novel sets for all of our 3-5th grade classrooms. Your gift would help our staff and students embark on a journey of discovery that could last a lifetime.

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Run sheet (interviews begin at 6:16) 0:00 – Rocky Ridge principal Michelle Fox “Why would Mrs. Fox call and assembly?”

0:07 – Principal Fox holding iPad “How many of you would like to have these in your classroom?” kids cheer

0:24 – Teacher Elissa Dornan surprised by announcement that she’s a finalist in Farmers Insurance Thank a Million Teachers contest. Rocky Ridge is the only school in WA still in the running

1:07 – kids clapping

1:11 – Randy Rice (National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance) talking about how much money teachers spend out of their own pockets

2:19 – Secretary of State of WA Kim Wyman talks about how the kids can vote for Rocky Ridge

2:33 – Kids shouting yes to Wyman’s question

2:38 – Wyman “I’m excited…”

2:45 – Teacher Elissa Dornan speaks during assembly, quotes Russell Wilson, “Why not us?”

3:25 – Principal Fox “How many of you want these iPads?” kids cheer

3:34 – More from Randy Rice

4:45 – More from Principal Fox

5:56 – High fives to Rocky Raccoon

6:16 – Soundbites from interview with Dale Kelley, local agent for Farmers who sponsored Elissa Dornan’s grant proposal.

6:58 – Soundbites from interview with Elissa Dornan – Teacher, instructional coach at Rocky Ridge Elementary


2 Comments Add yours

  1. says:

    I am unable to open the attachment



    Thanks Carol!

    Birdie Davenport
    Aquatic Reserves Program Manager
    Deprtment of Natural Resources
    Aquatic Resources Division
    Cell 360-915-4005

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    This should work as a link to pierce prairie post. Let me know if not. Carol

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