CLEARWATER — Competing among thousands of peers in North America, local elementary school teacher Karen Zilhaver has been named a recipient of a coveted DENthusiasm award, an honor presented by Discovery Educator Network, a global community of education professionals that is transforming a student’s learning experience through digital media.
Zilhaver, a fifth grade teacher at Saint Paul’s School, received the recognition for her work on the network’s Leadership Council. The award was presented by Kyle Schutt, the Director of Education Outreach & Curriculum Integration at education network during a Google Hangout meeting at 7 p.m. May 22.
In order to receive the honor, Zilhaver had to receive a high number of nominations from her peers, other educators in the education network.
After receiving the award, Zilhaver said, “To be selected from thousands of committed DEN educators, from across the United States and Canada, for my work on the Leadership Council is a humbling experience. I am truly honored to have received this award and recognition.”
During the summer of 2013, Zilhaver was selected to join 100 other educators from across the United States and Canada for an exclusive week-long professional development and networking event hosted by the education network in Vermont. While there, Zilhaver participated in workshops, sessions and many other activities to sharpen her teaching skills and bring new ideas to the classroom. Zilhaver has been selected, again, to join the 2014 DEN Summer Institute at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Zilhaver has been a devoted teacher at Saint Paul’s School since the 2006-2007 school year when she first began as a Technology Integration Specialist and Teacher. She will become Saint Paul’s School’s Media and Technology Support Specialist for the 2015 school year.
Founded in 1968, Saint Paul’s School is a co-ed, independent Episcopal school, serving ages three through eighth grade. The school campus is located at 1600 St. Pauls Dr. near Allen’s Creek. This year, the school celebrates its 45th year of educational services. To learn more about the school, visit www.st.pauls.edu.