This prize will be awarded every three years, beginning in 2018, to a full-time classroom teacher in the Lower, Middle or Upper School who has given service to Louisville Collegiate School for eight (8) or more consecutive years. Given in honor of Martha (Marti) Calderwood, this fund will supplement a teacher’s salary over the period of three years. In addition to an eight-year teaching tenure at Collegiate, those considered for this award must have engaged in academic professional development on an annual basis, received excellent evaluations from his/her division head and department chair every year, and in general, displayed an attitude toward excellence in scholarship and its innovative application in the classroom. Recipient also will have supported Collegiate students at their sports events, concerts and dramatic productions regularly.
In short, this award applauds a teacher’s dedication to genuine intellectual endeavor and lifelong learning as reflected in the line from Geoffrey Chaucer: “Gladly would s/he learn and gladly teach.”
Over her 27 years at Collegiate, Marti touched hundreds of students through her teaching of eighth and tenth grade English, American Literature, AP Literature and AP Composition. A scholar through and through, she earned several awards including the esteemed Helen Kent Longley Award for Distinguished Teaching and a Klingenstein Grant for an archeology dig in Switzerland.
Her strong belief in ongoing academic professional development led her to “Learning and the Brain” workshops, seminars at Oxford and Cambridge, an ecological tour of the Galapagos Islands and an architecture class in Poros, Greece. She taught American Literature at the Frauenlob Gymnasium in Mainz, Germany and led a teacher seminar in Jiujiang, China for Chinese teachers of English. All her course work and travel sharpened her skills so that she could bring the learning back to the classroom, enriching the lessons and her students.
Marti always expected more of Amazons and Titans, providing each of her students with the skills to reach his/her full academic potential. To say she made learning fun is trite, even pedantic. To say she lit the lamp of learning and stoked its flame is certainly more the case.
Click here to make a donation to this fund honoring Marti Calderwood.