Cascade teacher honored for helping students think deeper


CASCADE - Cascade Elementary School enrichment teacher Amy Krumpe recently received the Great Teachers Award from The Great Books Foundation.

Krumpe, who is in her sixth year as an enrichment specialist, was one of 13 classroom teachers from across the country to receive the award. She works with small groups of students at Cascade, primarily on higher-level reading and math.

Krumpe said she likely won the award for her focus on group discussion among students about literature. She works mainly with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that promotes and encourages reading and discussion of literature in schools and communities worldwide.


"I've really enjoyed working with books and literature, helping students think more deeply about the text," Krumpe said.

She learned about the award in March, and in late April went to a Great Books event with other winners.

Krumpe was nominated for the award by Elizabeth Donohoe, principal of Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology. Donohoe was formerly Washington County Public Schools' supervisor of advanced programs.

"(Krumpe) skillfully brings closure, engaging the group in thoughtful reflection, not only about the content of the discussion but also about the shared inquiry process," Donohoe wrote in her nomination. "Most (students) leave reluctantly, wanting to continue the discussion and asking when they'll get to do the next story. It's not unusual to hear her students still discussing the story at lunch or on the playground later that day."

Krumpe said the "shared inquiry" format incorporates the Great Books series, and students participate in discussions to find a deeper meaning in the text.

"They share their responses and reactions to what they read," she said. "It really promotes higher-level thinking. It kind of gives students the chance to hear ideas from each other, challenge each other."

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