June 18, 2013 > New Haven School District Teacher of the Year
New Haven School District Teacher of the Year
Submitted By Vicki Ballard, New Haven Unified Personnel Coordinator
Catherine Schoon, who has been teaching at Pioneer Elementary School in the New Haven Unified School District for 30 years, has been recognized as the District's Teacher of the Year. Schoon teaches Kindergarten and is the grade level chairperson for Kindergarten, working collaboratively with her fellow teachers.
She has a Reading Specialist Credential and a Master's degree in reading. Schoon holds "Parent Nights" for her students where the focus is on home reading. Additionally, she applies for and receives many grants to purchase additional materials for her classroom and students. Above all, Schoon is very welcoming and tries to include and utilize parents, former students and community volunteers in her classroom.
She is a lifelong learner and embraces new learning and new teaching strategies. Her greatest gift is her work with children and sets high expectations for each child. Schoon looks for the best in each of the students she teaches and encourages them to believe in themselves.