Classical Christian Academy Teacher Wins Golden Halo Award
Mrs. Shannon Schram is honored with a Golden Halo Award after being nominated by students and selected as a finalist.
May 2, 2017— North Fort Myers, Fla.— Mrs. Shannon Schram, History teacher at Classical Christian Academy, was recently named winner of the 2017 Golden Halo Award, presented by the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida.
Ten finalists were selected from dozens of nominations made by students attending 14 Christian schools in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. The winner was announced at a Gala Dinner April 21, honoring all 10 finalists. This was not Mrs. Schram’s first Golden Halo Gala; she was also a finalist in 2016 and 2015, showing she has consistently been recognized by her students as an outstanding educator.
“It is humbling to see that students have nominated me over the years,” stated Mrs. Schram. “I really love teaching, and I am so glad that the students see and feel that and take the time to nominate me. It is a bit overwhelming to get attention for just doing my job well, but I am grateful. I love CCA and all the students!”
CCA has had a Golden Halo Award winner every year since 2013. Previous teachers receiving the honor are Mrs. Vicki Watson, 2016; Mrs. Tabitha Dillehay, 2015; Mrs. Rachel Norton, 2014; and Mrs. Jenna Richardson, 2013.
Mrs. Schram currently teaches several Social Sciences, including 7th-12th grade History, 8th grade Logic, high school Psychology and Health. She also leads CCA’s cheerleading squad during basketball season.
“Teaching at CCA is a dream job to me,” she said. “I am able to teach a classical model that I truly appreciate while helping students develop a Christian worldview.”
Student nominations indicated Mrs. Schram connects with her pupils on a personal level and makes learning interesting. The students fill out an application telling how their teacher has inspired them, how the teacher demonstrates Christ’s teachings in the classroom, and why their teacher deserves the award.
“I love seeing the nominations our students produce!” said Mrs. Cecil, CCA Upper School Assistant Principal. “Each one is personal and reflects the heart of both the student and the teacher.”
Nominated teachers then complete the application by describing why they teach in a Christian school, how their job increases their faith, and who or what inspired them to become a teacher.
“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher!” exclaimed Mrs. Schram, who began teaching at CCA eight years ago, first as a preschool and Lower School Math teacher before CCA started its high school program. “I was actually awarded a scholarship from my high school from the teachers because they thought I would make a great teacher! That was a great feeling and confirmed my thought to run with that career in college. I have an aunt that is an amazing teacher and now an administrator, who encourages and leads other teachers. I also had some amazing and inspiring teachers in my own life.”
Mrs. Schram says she enjoys making learning fun. “I get to be creative in my lesson planning. I get to encourage students and guide them, and it is a role that I take very seriously even though I enjoy being fun and interactive.”
CCA has encouraged its students to nominate outstanding teachers for the Golden Halo Awards for the last four years. After nominations are received, the Golden Halo Committee selects finalists and then arranges a surprise announcement in the classroom in front of students.
Seventh Grader Alan T. was among the students who nominated Mrs. Schram this year. “She’s really nice,” he said. “She’s a super fun teacher!”
Students, teachers, and administrators enjoy taking part in this encouraging recognition of talented teachers. CCA is honored to have four teachers named as Golden Halo
“The entire process is exciting for our teachers and administration,” said Mrs. Cecil. “We are proud to have such gifted, caring teachers at CCA!”
Story written by CCA Student Journalist Laura V.
About Classical Christian Academy:
Classical Christian Academy is the premier hybrid school in Southwest Florida. CCA offers families an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K-12 education option that blends the best aspects of private and homeschooling. Classical Christian Academy is a registered 501c(3) organization. For more information, visit www.discovercca.org and like CCA on www.facebook.com/DiscoverCCA.