Teacher of the Year: Baker’s Maradik makes learning fun

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Lisa Maradik receives Baker School’s Teacher of the Year award at a recent open house at the school. Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson and school officials were at the presentation. From left are assistant principals Lorna Carnley and Jennifer Stewart, Jackson, Maradik and principal Thomas Shipp.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series on North Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

BAKER — The secret to Lisa Maradik's success in teaching math to Baker School’s third- through fifth-graders is making it fun.

"I'm just a crazy math teacher that will do anything to get their students’ attention," Maradik said. "I try not to be boring."

Several hands-on activities help her students better understand math.

Laci Powell, 9, said her favorite activity involved marshmallows and toothpicks.

"We took a bunch of marshmallows and paper and we made rays and line segments," she said. "It was really fun.

"Her class is different. She is really creative; you get to do different things in her class ... it’s just awesome."

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