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Fourth-grade teacher honored for being among ‘teaching elite’

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Maggie Reardon, right, a fourth grade teacher at Lucille Rogers Elementary School, is honored with an award during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Power Luncheon at the Rio Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Clark County School Board President Carolyn Edwards applauds at left.

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce honored Rogers Elementary School teacher Maggie Reardon at its luncheon Wednesday as part of the Clark County School District's Teacher Appreciation Week.

The fourth-grade teacher received a $1,000 check from the chamber, school supplies from Office Depot and a standing ovation from luncheon attendees for raising her students' standardized test scores.

When her students came into her classroom at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, they were woefully underperforming. About 40 percent of students were proficient in reading and just 20 percent were at grade level in math.

By the end of the school year, 100 percent of Reardon's students were proficient in both subjects, according to the district.

"This puts Maggie among the teaching elite," chamber Chairman Jay Barrett said.

Reardon thanked her principal, staff and parents for the honor and for supporting her during her 13 years with CCSD.

"If I can get a kid to be literate, I think I'm saving lives," she said. "But it's not just about academics. I want my kids to be good role models."

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  1. So how did she do this?

    Why does the Sun do no digging? It is so surface-

    Good journalism would do far more for education in this city than any reform now being touted.

  2. Congratulations to teacher, Maggie Reardon! It was a challenge you met with full intent to reach all your students and see 100% of them make the grade. No easy feat! These children are so very blessed to have you in their lives, and they will carry on your good work.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  3. What they aren't telling you is that Rogers Elementary School has an overall "Average Yearly Progress" measure of "High Achieving," it's physically located in the upper middle class suburbs of Southwest Las Vegas w/ a high wealth index, it has half the normal Hispanic student population & twice the normal Asian population. In other words, the entire school has all the cards stacked in it's favor when compared to any school in the urban core.
    I'm sure Mrs. Reardon is a great teacher and she, as all teachers do, deserves the respect and accolades. However, this is the Chamber of Commerce giving an award which is usually equivalent to throwing a dart at a map.