Online interactive learning was put to the test during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a local teacher passed this test with flying colors.
Dayna Winczner, a sixth-grade science and math teacher at Taylor’s Trillium Academy, was recently named to IXL’s Elite 100 for the 2020-2021 school year, ranking among the top 100 teachers out of 800,000 who use the personalized learning program in their classrooms. .
IXL is the world’s most popular subscription-based learning site for K-12 students, used by over 13 million students.
“The past school years have been some of the toughest, but they are also a clear reminder that nothing is more important to a child’s education than the support of great teachers,” said Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning. “This year’s Elite 100 is an outstanding example of how educators can combine the powers of empathy and personalized instruction to have a lasting, positive impact in the lives of learners.”
After a year of interrupted learning, schools anticipated that students’ knowledge levels would vary widely at the start of class. In its official blog, the company says that anticipating these changes, Elite 100 educators like Winczner used IXL to identify where students were at, personalize instruction, and recover unfinished learning.
In addition to teaching at the school, Winczner is also the director of Trillium Academy’s volleyball program and a varsity volleyball coach.
Every year, she organizes a breast cancer awareness event at school. Last year’s program raised approximately $3,000 which was donated to Game on Cancer, a Henry Ford Health System initiative to fight cancer.