NORTH ADAMS -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the third annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. The award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.
The recipients are Carol Ide (elementary education), Barbara Minkler (early childhood education), and Charles Bradshaw (middle/high school education).
Ide is a third-grade teacher at Undermountain Elementary School, in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, and has worked for 26 years as an educator. Her background as a professional musician, including a stint in Shenandoah, Arlo Guthrie’s band, has led her to incorporate music and performance extensively into her classroom and teaching.
Her principal, Erin Woodsome, praised her ability to "personalize learning" for her students, and noted that she always "places children at the center of her work." She "carries the banner for environmental education in the district" and has worked on a long-term project to develop a trail to a vernal pond near the school.
Ide is also recognized as a problem solver, engaging with families to support their students. She also mentors new teachers and those new to the district. Ide holds a B.A.
Minkler has taught for 22 years in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, most recently as academic intervention teacher in the Muddy Brook Elementary School.
Striving to stay up to date in her field, she has gone on to achieve numerous credentials related to reading, teaching English language learners, and more.
Director of Teaching and Learning Mary Berle cites her as "thoughtful, reflective and committed to doing an outstanding job for all students." Her principal, Thad Dingman, praises her "creative programming and student-centered instruction," and notes her particular skill at working with English language learners in differentiating instruction. A colleague praises her as "passionate and tireless," someone who is "constantly reflecting on and changing the way she teaches in response to her students’ needs." Minkler holds her associate’s degree from Berkshire Community College, her B.A. in elementary education and M.A.T. from Elms College, and also holds a credential as teacher of reading as well as completing reading recovery training.
She has taught pre-practica and supervised educator interns for a number of institutions including MCLA.
Bradshaw has taught the classics at Wahconah Regional High School for 28 years and has been an educator for 47 years in all. A colleague calls him "by far the most positive, caring, energetic educator with whom I have had the pleasure to work." Currently almost a quarter of Wahconah students enroll in Latin, a signature accomplishment for this field.
His former principal, Thomas Callahan, cites Bradshaw’s "commitment to success under high expectations for his students," and his "universal approach to teaching, learning, and demonstrating an appreciation of Latin in a way that would be an enviable attainment for any educator for any subject."
In addition to his teaching Bradshaw has advised school yearbooks at his current and past schools for 45 years and Latin clubs for 44 years, among other service.
He has received awards for his teaching from several organizations, including the Classical Association of New England, the Classical Association of Massachusetts, and the Pioneer Valley Classical Association.