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Housel Middle School Teacher to Win Golden Apple Award

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PROSSER, WA. - A longtime teacher at Housel Middle School will be the next winner of a Golden Apple Award.

The public television station in Seattle and the Pemco Insurance Company will award Connie Hachtel for her 33 years in education.

Hachtel is an instructional coach who works with teachers and students, mostly in mathematics. She is also the AVID Site Director for Housel Middle School, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program which the Prosser School District has been involved in for four years.

Prior to becoming involved in the AVID program, the school district says Hachtel created a program called "Math 360" which increased the MSP, Measure of Student Progress, from 45% for sixth graders to 63.9% in the 8th grade after two years of the program.

Mary Snitily, the Assistant Superintendent, said "Hachtel serves not only as the instructor for HMS students but also as a mentor for them and their families. In addition she oversees the program in the building so all students at Housel Middle School benefit from the college readiness strategies. She has helped our AVID students create a sense of family and helped those students in the program envision themselves as college students, a goal they are all striving for."

The Golden Apple Award recognizes people and programs that make a dramatic difference in education.

Hachtel will receive a cash award and be featured in a special primetime program to be aired on public television stations statewide. She'll receive the Golden Apple Award on January 17, 2014.