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Discover Together’s Tracy site director, Sherry Guyear was recognized last week on Scholastic’s blog “On Our Minds” as one of five inspiring teachers from across the country. Guyear, who retired from Tracy City Elementary in June after a 33 year teaching career, has served the past two years as lead teacher for Camp Discover, a partnership between Tracy Elementary, Scholastic, Yale Child Study Center and Sewanee: University of the South. This fall she was hired to lead Discover Together- a place for families with children under the age of 5 to meet 2 mornings a week at Tracy United Methodist Church.
The posting recognizes Guyear’s commitment to “helping her students learn to appreciate their unique, rural community.” As a lead teacher for Camp Discover, Guyear focused with the program’s partners on creating a curriculum to help children learn about their community by pairing stories with field trips into the community and, in particular, Grundy’s many parks and natural settings. Children also took photographs and wrote their own stories about their experiences in the community. Last year over 60 students participated in the two- week camp.
Guyear has continued to follow up with students this fall and has initiated with Grundy Schools Family Resource Director, Emily Partin, an innovative project, which invited Tracy students to become detectives for the Discover Together Detective Agency and visit local businesses and community participants to learn what they do. The Detective project will continue into February. Guyear’s commitment to her students and her community runs deep and she is also working to establish a Discover Together Learning Lab sessions for students after school.