Mourn­ing High teacher fi­nal­ist for Florida Teacher of the Year

South Florida Times - - METRO - WIN­NING TEACHER: Molly Win­ters Di­allo, sec­ond from right, is joined by Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­berto M. Car­valho, Com­mis­sioner Pam Ste­wart and Christo­pher Shinn, prin­ci­pal of Alonzo and Tracy Mourn­ing High.

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MI­AMI - When stu­dents' pass-rate ex­ceeds the global mean pass-rate, it’s very likely they’re be­ing taught by a pretty spe­cial in­struc­tor. Molly Win­ters Di­allo teaches Hon­ors U.S. His­tory, Ad­vanced Place­ment (AP) Psy­chol­ogy and AP Hu­man Ge­og­ra­phy at Alonzo and Tracy Mourn­ing High School. Her stu­dents’ pass -rate on the U.S. His­tory end-of-course as­sess­ment has av­er­aged 90 per­cent, with last year’s rate be­ing 98 per­cent.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing named Mi­ami-Dade County Pub­lic Schools’ (M-DCPS) 2019 Teacher of the Year Di­allo, the So­cial Sciences De­part­ment Chair was named one of five fi­nal­ists for the 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year dur­ing a sur­prise visit to the school by Com­mis­sioner of Ed­u­ca­tion Pam Ste­wart. Com­mis­sioner Ste­wart pre­sented Di­allo with the fi­nal­ist des­ig­na­tion and a check for $15,000. The statewide Teacher of the Year will be an­nounced at the an­nual Florida Teacher of the Year Gala July 13 in Or­lando.

“This week, not only does Mi­ami-Dade join the na­tion in cel­e­brat­ing teach­ers, but we con­grat­u­late one of our school dis­trict’s shin­ing stars,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Al­berto M. Car­valho. “The first of five teach­ers to be named a state fi­nal­ist for Teacher of the Year, Molly Di­allo is a bril­liant ed­u­ca­tor who is a cham­pion for her stu­dents, demon­strat­ing an ab­so­lute ded­i­ca­tion to their aca­demic progress. She is a world-class pro­fes­sional with a heart for teach­ing.”

Di­allo has been rec­og­nized by the Be­zos Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and Stan­ford Univer­sity; served as an AP reader for Col­legeBoard; worked with the dis­trict’s Di­vi­sion of So­cial Sciences to de­velop the dis­trict’s U.S. His­tory cur­ricu­lum; and at­tained Na­tional Board Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

This year’s five fi­nal­ists were cho­sen from more than 198,700 pub­lic school teach­ers through­out the state. Af­ter each school dis­trict se­lects its Teacher of the Year, a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing teach­ers, prin­ci­pals, par­ents and the busi­ness com­mu­nity re­views each dis­trict ap­pli­ca­tion on the ba­sis of out­stand­ing abil­ity to teach the sub­ject taught, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, phi­los­o­phy of teach­ing, and out­stand­ing school and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MDCPS

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