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Southampton Teacher Anastasia Gavalas Receives The Fair Media Councilís Media Savvy Teacher Award

Originally Posted: May 09, 2012

Nicole Barylski

FMC Executive Director Jaci Clement, Anastasia Gavalas and Board of Directors Chair James Kinn and students who worked on Leadership Through the Eyes of Children. (Nicole Barylski)

Southampton - Family Life Teacher Anastasia Gavalas received The Fair Media Council's Media Savvy Teacher Award for her work with Southampton Elementary and Intermediate School students on Wednesday May 9, 2012.

FMC Executive Director Jaci Clement, Anastasia Gavalas and
Board of Directors Chair James Kinney. (Nicole Barylski)

The two part project titled Leadership Through the Eyes of Children was on the subject of leadership in the modern world. For the first part of the project students described qualities of a leader and leaders throughout the world that they admired. For the second part of the project, students thought about what would happen if all the leaders disappeared and children took their place. Students decided what changes to leadership they would make and how they would rule the world.

During the brainstorming process of the project Gavalas was amazed to see how profound the student's ideas were. She was inspired to document them by creating a book and video of student responses.

Students who worked on the project with Gavalas were on hand when she received the award. When asked who they considered leaders sixth grade student Hope Brindel responded "Ellen Degeneres because throughout the years she has helped so many and proven so much".

The award which is in its third year recognizes fourth, fifth and sixth grade teachers who are using news in their classrooms.

The Leadership Through the Eyes of Children video is available to watch on youtube

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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