Playworks Massachusetts Teacher of the Month, Ms. Corcoran

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Ms. Corcoran is an amazing 5th grade teacher and incredible supporter of Coach Nate at the Kenny Elementary School in Dorchester. She has built a great culture in her classroom, ensuring that all of her students are leading active, healthy lifestyles. One of the most involved teachers throughout the year, Ms. Corcoran has gone above and beyond her duties as a teacher and facilitator of play, often organizing teams, new rules, and different variations of Playworks games. She is awesome to collaborate with, a great leader, and also a careful listener–problem solving seems to be her forte. During a three lines basketball game, Ms. Corcoran asked students to take a break to reflect on the negative impact of poor sporting behavior on other students. Immediately, students understood what lesson she was teaching and since this lesson students from her class have been engaged in healthy, inclusive play.
Additionally, when Ms. Corcoran engages in Playworks programming, Coach Nate knows she is ready for anything. Many times Ms. Corcoran surprises Coach Nate with her energetic and thoughtful involvement in games. Her willingness to try any game and give her best effort makes her a great role model for her students. With her playful personality and dedication to teaching at the Kenny School, Ms. Corcoran helps energize education for all.

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