The 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year goes to Kristen Whitacker

March 15th, 2015 by

These days, getting family members involved in their children’s school work is no easy task, but one Washington, D.C. teacher has decided to take on the challenge.

Kristen Whitaker is a teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) in Washington, D.C, where the student population is 100 percent minority and 90 percent low-income. She leads a family engagement effort, where she herself, as well as fellow faculty who she has trained, have completed over 200 combined family visits.

On March 11th, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota recognized Kristen Whitaker as the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year for her efforts in engaging students’ families in their children’s education.  The award included a $20,000 grant to fund a family summer camp program she created for low-income minority students and their families.

“The family summer camp Kristen plans is a great example of using the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year grant to employ the latest approaches to intergenerational learning in a program that will appeal to and reach entire families,” said Mike Goss, Vice President of External Affairs, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.

How do family visits help the students? “Study after study has proven that parents engaged in their children’s learning increases student achievement,” said Sharon Darling, President, NCFL. “And more recent studies also indicate that the willingness of a parent to get involved in their child’s education is very powerful in strengthening the parent-child relationship … as well as the entire school and the community as a whole.”

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