Awards 

2006

Lee's education awards have been mentioned in the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas ISD website and The Communicator.

NATIONAL

American Star of Teaching, Representing State of Texas

     

From the Dallas ISD website, Current News 9/4/2006 

Lee Gabor, academic coordinator at Ascher Silberstein Elementary School, has been selected the Texas winner of the U.S. Department of Education's American Stars of Teaching Award.

Gabor, formerly a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at the school, received the award from Darla Marberger, deputy assistant secretary with the Department of Education, on Aug. 25 during an assembly in the school auditorium.

"The award was a complete surprise," said Gabor, who began teaching in 2002. Before teaching in Dallas ISD, she was a businesswoman for 25 years.  "It's always nice to be recognized by name, but this honor truly belongs to all the great teachers at Silberstein Elementary and with Dallas ISD who have inspired and guided me during my four years in education."

The award recognizes and honors superior teachers with a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative teaching strategies, and making a difference in the lives of their students. One teacher from each state in the nation and the District of Columbia are recognized each year.

 

    From the Dallas ISD Communicator,  9/18/06

Silberstein Elementary School teacher chosen Texas’ American Star of Teaching

EDDIE THE ELEPHANT, Catface, Sylvia Spider, Clara Fly and other magical creatures populate reading, writing, and math lessons at Ascher Silberstein Elementary School.

They come from the imagination of teacher Lee Gabor, who created them to help her  English-as-a-Second-Language students understand difficult concepts.

At one point, Eddie the Elephant hung perilously from the San Francisco Bay Bridge to help children understand a difficult reading concept. Eddie kept the children wondering what would happen next. His adventures helped students understand cause and effect, a basic concept in reading comprehension.

Students often use the other characters—who also make complicated concepts easier to understand— in their compositions and consider them friends. The mechanical toy Perry, "the Bad, Mad, Sad dog," for example, teaches children the concept of perimeter in math. His name, a mnemonic device, helps them remember to add in order to get the correct result in the test.

It was this creative approach to teaching that recently earned Gabor the U.S. Department of Education’s American Stars of Teaching Award in Texas.

The award was presented to Gabor in a surprise ceremony by Darla Marberger, deputy assistant secretary with the Department of Education.

"The award was a complete surprise," said Gabor, now Silberstein elementary school’s academic coordinator. "It’s always nice to be recognized by name, but this honor truly belongs to all the great teachers at Silberstein Elementary and with Dallas ISD who have inspired and guided me during my four years in education."

The award recognizes and honors superior teachers with a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative teaching strategies, and making a difference in the lives of their students. One teacher from each state in the nation and the District of Columbia are recognized each year.

Gabor, who worked in the private sector for more than 25 years, became a teacher at Silberstein elementary school in 2002. Since then, she has introduced not only her characters to her students and fellow teachers, but also many technological advancements.

As a teacher, she integrated computers and computer programs in her lessons because she believes students must learn to use technology to be successful in the future.

 

Named to Cohort 2 of Leaders for Teacher Preparing Schools, part of the National Network for Education Renewal. Fifteen teachers were drawn from throughout the United States to work on this panel.

BACK ROW (left to right): Annelle Reynolds (Modesto, Calif.); James Mitchel (Newark, NJ); Susan Fisher (Modesto); Frank Nascimento (Newark); Jennifer Ricadela (Newark); Sean Tomany (Hartford, Conn.); Masud Shamsid-Deen (Dallas, Tex.); Maria Uribe (Denver, Colo.); Antonio del Campo (Canutillo, Tex.).

MIDDLE ROW: Jane Duggan (Commerce City, Colo.); Lisa Minor (Dayton, Ohio); Karen Gunthorpe (Newark, NJ); Kathleen Foster (St. Louis, Mo.); ee Gabor (Dallas)

FRONT ROW: Carol Wilson (Denver); Judy Swanson; Ann Foster; Orvetta Moore (Newark) (Carol, Judy, and Ann were administrators of the cohort)

 

 

STATE

Texas Classroom Teacher of the Year - Runner Up - TCEA

From the Dallas ISD Website, Current News, Awards 2006

The Texas Computer Education Association announced the selection of Lee Gabor, a teacher at Ascher Silberstein Elementary School, as one of three finalists for the organization's Classroom Teacher of the Year award. The award is presented to a teacher who exhibits exemplary use of technology in the classroom. Gabor received a plaque and a $500 scholarship to further her knowledge of technology education.

 

LOCAL

May 10th: 2006 Annual “Service Above Self” Teachers’ Awards,

presented by Clarice Tinsley of Fox 4 News

 

2008

Invited to join Kappa Delta Pi honorary education society.

Invited to join National Scholars Honor Society.

named as University Scholar and to Dean's List, University of Texas-Arlington.

 

Previous

Writing - first place for short-story submitted online.

 

and various academic and music awards

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