Pamelia Denise Valentine has been selected as Shelton School District’s Teacher of the Year
Pamelia Denise Valentine has been selected as Shelton School District’s
Teacher of the Year for 2013. This marks the start of the 2013 National Teacher
of the Year selection. She will represent Shelton School District in the
regional ESD 113 Teacher of the Year this fall and if selected could move onto
the Washington State Teacher of the Year and the National Teacher of the Year
Pamelia Denise Valentine’s contributions to Oakland Bay Junior High School
continue to be irreplaceable as she is always ready to lend her
teacher-leadership in support of increased student academic achievement. Her
free thinking and new age conceptualization have made her an agent of change on
the School Improvement Plan committee (SIP). Her work on the School Improvement
Plan team has been instrumental in helping to change the professional climate
and Teaching and Learning environment at Oakland Bay by fostering and adopting a
School Wide Vision & Mission and energizing all staff trainings and staff
development days. Denise makes a positive difference in our building. She is
highly involved in SIP, Renaissance, PRIDE, Drama, PTSA and the Arts.
Regularly, Ms. Valentine stands before the entire staff giving instruction and
guidance on assessment concerns and issues as she helps faculty make the state
assessment targets more transparent to students.
Ms. Valentine has National Board Certification in Art. Her assessments
expose her students to rubrics and make them use higher level thinking skills.
While planning lessons and delivering instruction, Ms. Valentine differentiates
instruction to address the learning levels and Multiple Intelligences of all her
students. Over the school years, Ms. Valentine volunteered with a ninth grade
English teacher to lend her artistic expertise in producing three separate
dramatic evening performances held in the school’s commons. She also fosters
Shelton High School students as they create their own productions in support of
Senior Projects. Ms. Valentine took a role in promoting a new look at classroom
discipline called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) now known as
the Pride Committee. She is a catalyst on the electives team at Oakland Bay
Junior High School. She is an active member of the Renaissance Committee which
has invigorated student recognition for all students and she fosters and
supervises Oakland Bay Junior High School’s Timberwolf News Broadcasts during
her planning period. Ms. Valentine hosts the annual Arts Night where industrial
arts, drama, and choir as well as the arts are highlighted and recognized.
Just this year, Denise was invited to present at The National Art Education
Association’s National Convention in New York City. Denise Valentine provided
substantive professional development services that included the advancement of
knowledge in sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving
visual arts instruction in American schools. She is Shelton School District’s
Teacher of the Year for 2013.