Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tricia Billes: Superwoman

By now you've seen Lauren's post about Tricia being one of 8 finalists for the Teacher of Merit award. Regardless of Thursday's result, does anyone doubt Washington has the best (History Day and otherwise) teachers in the nation? We have a delegation of 140 (yes, you read that right: 140) Washingtonians attending this year's contest. The students are great, of course, but I blame the teachers. (And by "blame" I clearly mean "thank.")
(Tricia Billes, Teacher of Merit award finalist, during the History Day Advisory Committee meeting earlier this year.)

I'm on my way to DC as I write this (thank you Alaska Airlines for having free WiFi on the plane! Now explain to me why WiFi at LAX costs $8??). Washington History Man & Empress Lauren will be on the red-eye tomorrow so we can be prepared for Team Washington's decent on the U Maryland campus.

Signing off for now,
(Team Washington Assistant, Cheerleader, & Paparazzo)


  1. Congrats to Tricia! Her good work makes my (volunteer) job interesting!

    Connie-History Day Judge

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  3. Tricia is truly amazing! Her support of all her students and their families is exemplary. I know because I am one of the parents that had a child in her class this year. What a treat it is to work with her and get to know her. She radiates compassion and enthusiasm for teaching! Most importantly, she treats all of her students with an equal amount of respect, including the ones that are not able to, or choose not to, compete at the Regional, State, or National levels with their History Day projects. She emphasizes that the value of History Day projects is in the process of learning, not in competing or winning. And she teaches this through example. Good luck Mz. B! (from Kendra)- Karla & Family