WHS Teacher Wins National Educators Rising Award
Elizabeth Cosentino, Family & Consumer Science Teacher at Westside High School, has been named recipient of the 2018 Erin Young Award from Educators Rising. This prestigious honor is given to an educator working to inspire and mentor students who plan to pursue teaching.
Elizabeth is the sponsor of Westside’s chapter of EdRising, helping students who are interested in the field of education. Both KMTV and the Omaha World Herald profiled Cosentino and her program earlier this year, as several of her students began shadowing elementary school teachers throughout Westside Community Schools. CLICK HERE to read more.
As part of her nomination, Westside High School student Abby Carlson submitted the following.
- Ms. Cosentino empowers the students’ thinking, and she has given us students in ED Rising a chance to teach. She has given students opportunity through Intro to Education, which is a class that she partners with the University of Omaha, so we may be able to get college credits for taking the class. In the classroom she empowers them with the importance of teaching and how to teach, but she lets them go to one of the elementary schools each week with a certain teacher and class. That student works with the teacher with things like giving the lesson, writing the lesson plan, planning activities for the lesson and grading. She has elevated our voices by letting us students be able to work in a classroom with students to get the feel of teaching before we go off into college and the field. For ED Rising she lets her students in lesson plan and delivery write a fun lesson plan that will help them stick out, plan fun activities to go along with it so the students can understand it better, make a worksheet so we can the students understanding and also add your own touches to the lesson to make all yours. For me, she let me reenact the Constitution and dress as James Madison. Throughout her lessons she does help you but not too much. She just helps make sure that you know how to write a proper lesson plan and just make sure you hit the points you need with the students. She also helps you come up with fun ideas of how to teach the point. She empowers me to find fun and some new ways to teach the same lesson and also how to be able to change what I need to say based on how I see the students reacting to what I said before. She has helped me discover my voice in how to teach and what to teach. She has taught me what to teach that will change the students lives or a lesson they will remember that may help them when they are older. She has helped me find the power that teaching holds because she has taught me that a teacher can change a person’s life. Also that it is one of the most important jobs in the world so you have to be careful what we do with the power we do have. I have learned from her not to hinder the passion I have but let the world see because I can, as a young student, encourage others to love learning and respect their teachers. I have been able to share my passion in other classes by writing about something in the education field. Thanks to Ms. Cosentino I have been able to find my power to teach.
“It’s refreshing to hear the voice of the younger generation speak with such respect for a teacher, who obviously has made a huge impact on their lives,” said Dr. Enid Schonewise, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “We are so proud of Elizabeth’s efforts to develop future educators. We have many in our employment that care and take that extra step and it is wonderful when one of our own gets this type of recognition.”
A video featuring Elizabeth will be shown at the 2018 Educators Rising conference, where organization leaders will present the award.