Hillsborough County Teacher Named 2012 PBS LearningMedia Innovator Award Winner


TAMPA, FL (April 24, 2013) — “Pre-School children are a curious bunch of kids! They have so many questions and I was actively searching for a way to answer them,” said Kelley Beall, a Hillsborough County District Resource Teacher.

It was during an educator workshop presented by WEDU, West Central Florida’s primary Public Broadcasting Station, that Kelley found the answer she had been looking for.

“When I met Sid the Science Kid, I thought, ‘I have to get Sid in my Pre-K program.’ So, off to work I went.”

Kelley partnered with WEDU and The Jim Henson Group to create a complete science curriculum pilot program that was presented during the 2012 summer VPK program to 40 classrooms and over 800 children.

Due to the success of the program, Kelley Beall has been named a 2012 PBS LearningMedia Innovator Award Winner. The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize 30 PreK-12 educators across the country that are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students’ learning across key subject areas.

“WEDU is excited about the wonderful partnership with Hillsborough County Schools and the use of quality PBS resources that led to the creation of the Sid the Science Kid program. We are looking forward to future projects with Hillsborough and other area school districts,” said Susan Howarth, WEDU President and CEO.

Kelley attended an educator workshop presented by WEDU in January 2012 that featured free resources available to educators including PBS LearningMedia which WEDU offers online locally at: http://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/.

Kelley was presented with her 2012 PBS LearningMedia Innovator Award during WEDU’s April Board Meeting. As one of ten first place winners, Kelley will participate in an all-expense paid, week-long “Innovation Immerse Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan in August 2013 and will receive a free online professional development course for PBS Teacherline.

Learn more about Kelley’s winning innovative project
The official 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards list from PBS

Download the full press release at www.wedu.org/press.