From social studies to math, former second-grade teacher, and current fifth grade teacher, Maryann Molishus, makes the curriculum vivid through technology at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Students learn to participate in webinars with, for example, authors of books they are reading, use digital photography and write and produce videos—projects that help all of her students meet district benchmarks in reading. Molishus has combined geography, current events and poetry as students track the mushers during the annual Iditarod. Students get to know the mushers the way some children know baseball players, with fifth graders serving as team sponsors. She involved her students in the Habitat Project, a yearlong collaborative effort during which small student groups investigate a specific habitat, culminating in eight-foot murals painted to include all animals and plants researched. Another hallmark Molishus project is a science unit on balance, culminating a five-day Science Circus Camp with a "Cirque de la Balance" show for parents. Known for her creativity and persistence with academically or behaviorally challenged children, Molishus motivated one struggling student by involving her in a yearlong study of the city of Philadelphia, with support from classmates. Current projects include facilitating the district's Summer STEM Academy for 3rd to 8th graders and organizing a STEM Club for 5th and 6th graders during the school year. As a Keystone Technology Integrator in Pennsylvania, Molishus provides professional development at school and district levels and has presented at state and national conferences. She coordinates the Council Rock School District's Elementary Media Festival, which she has been doing since she and a colleague established this event in 2009. Students and teachers in grades K-6 are honored each year for their work in creating high-quality, multimedia projects. Molishus serves on the board of the Council Rock Education Foundation, which funds innovative learning grants for district initiatives. She was also a grant reviewer for the Classroom of the Future program—a good fit for an educator who prepares her students to succeed in the 21st century and beyond.
2000 Holy Family College, B.A.; 2004 Chestnut Hill College, M.S.; 2017 California University of Pennsylvania, M.Ed.
2009 Holy Family University Alumni Educator of the Year