Eileen A. Thornburgh
Silver Sage Elementary School
7700 Snohomish
Boise, ID 83709

Elementary, 3

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Tell us about a funny moment in your classroom that had meaning for you.


Eileen A. Thornburgh, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Idaho
Eileen Thornburgh, Idaho's Teacher of the Year 2001, has taught in Idaho public schools for 20 years. Her experience spans grades 3 though 8, as well as music and Title I reading and math. Eileen's love of learning and literature was the impetus for her dissertation on gender equity in children 's literature. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University in 1997. In 1999 she earned National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification. She believes strongly in the depth and quality NBPTS standards require of teachers, but feels standards for students, and their accompanying assessments, are detrimental to creativity, curiosity, and intellectual growth. "In America, we must hold dear our freedoms that promote individuality. I believe public education should encourage individual success, rather than continually measure for a global numerical ranking. In 20 years of teaching I have never had a student who was a 3.2."  

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