At Brewbaker Intermediate School Eleanor Freeney's students are getting the right stuff to flourish as writers. "They need to become good writers for occupational reasons. They may want to become a journalist or a teacher or anything. Writing also helps them to express themselves. Sometimes writing is the only way you can get your feelings down," says Freeney.
She uses different methods to reach her students. One exercise builds vocabulary, by getting youngsters to come up with synonyms and antonyms. Her influence is also felt beyond her classroom.
Principal Deborah Clark says of Freeney, "she goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is a master teacher and she's willing to help other teachers learn from her. She models for teachers she mentors for teachers."
Freeney coordinates writing workshops for students. She's also pursuing national board certification, a rigorous accreditation process for teachers.