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TEACHER AWARD

May 29, 2014 -- 9:06am

Melinda Parrent, an educator at Olson Elementary School in Woodstock, has been selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 9-13, 2014.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills, and gain knowledge. All educators can access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers/.

Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers. Those selected come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources—accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical-thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library's collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at www.loc.gov. 

HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR RETIRES

May 20, 2014 -- 8:59am

After a 35 year career with the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), Public Health Administrator Patrick J. McNulty will be retiring May 30, 2014. Mr. McNulty started with the Health Department in May of 1979 as an Environmental Health Practitioner and was promoted to Environmental Health Division Director in 1985. He served as Interim Public Health Administrator in 1999 and 2001 when the Board of Health appointed him the fifth Public Health Administrator for the Department.

McNulty has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health and has taken additional graduate level classes in Public Health. Over the years, McNulty has been involved with local, state and national organizations that have addressed public health issues. He was a founding member of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium when it formed in 2002. The consortium represents the public health interest of over 8.5 million people in the Northern Illinois Region.

Upon reflection of the Department’s accomplishments over his 35 year tenure, McNulty stated – national recognition of the county’s public health systems as one of the healthiest in the state; expansion of the Department’s staff, programs and locations to meet the needs of a growing population that includes a community-based obesity prevention program, a breast and cervical cancer program, a full time dental program and WIC programming offered in four locations; receipt of numerous National Association of Counties Achievement Awards; the first extensive groundwater mapping and study of shallow aquifers in the County; a modern Animal Control and Adoption Center managed by a veterinarian; a comprehensive 24/7 communicable disease and public health emergency response program including the hire of an Epidemiologist;a community-based public health systems needs assessment; expanded volunteer opportunities with the Medical Reserve Corps and Animal Control; and franchising of solid waste services in several unincorporated areas that has resulted in improved recycling rates. The Board of Health has appointed Joseph Gugle as Interim Public Health Administrator. Mr. Gugle has been an MCDH employee for 28 years and is currently the Manager for Planning, Personnel and Administration. The Department of Health will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016. 

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