With funding she obtained from a federal grant, MaryKay Schnare, library media specialist at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence, created a program called Take Out Technology, which allowed students to develop their technology skills at home by checking out one of 40 laptop computers from the school's library media center and computer lab. Another of Mrs. Schnare's programs, designed to teach students about the American legal system, examined folk and fairy tales in the context of the law. An example: "Was Goldilocks a felon?" Her students also participated in mock indictment hearings and trials for such fairy tale characters as Cinderella's wicked stepmother, during which they learned about legal issues and rights.
Since being named a Milken Educator in 1997, I have met many wonderful teachers across the country. They are an inspiration to me and to their colleagues. I enjoy their comments on the listserve and find their candor refreshing and their reality based work to be reflective. The Milken Family Foundation has provided me with two solid years of viable professional development and I look forward to a long relationship.
1967 Carlow College, B.A.