At George Washington Elementary School in Wyckoff, kindergarten teacher Jill A. Stauffer uses differentiated instruction and hands-on activities on a daily basis. She created a program called the Author's Tea in order to showcase student work for parents and administrators, thereby nurturing student confidence, and taught letters of the alphabet through a salad-making activity in which each ingredient represented a different letter. Clearly her holistic approach to teaching reaches students, as her pupils consistently demonstrate significant gains on assessment tests. Mrs. Stauffer's creation of a class Web site, designed to maintain daily parent communication, evolved into a school-wide practice, and she has been recognized by the district for her innovative ideas regarding learning centers in first grade. She has also developed curriculum guides for a variety of subjects, implemented use of multiple computers in the classroom, and conducted district and state mentoring.