Jamie Back and Tresonne Peters are this year's Pattison Award winners at Cincinnati Country Day School.
Back came to Country Day in 2013 to teach Upper School math. She previously taught at Covington Latin School, where she was a math teacher, math department chair and technology coordinator. Back has a Bachelor of Science degree in materials engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Education from Xavier University.
Peters joined Country Day in 1997 and is currently the Lower School's second-grade team leader. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Tulane University and a Masters of Education from Xavier University. Before coming to Country Day, Peters taught at the Marva Collins Prep School in Cincinnati from 1991-1997, and at a New Orleans Public Schools creative arts magnet in the French Quarter.
Both teachers are known for their innovative incorporation of STEM activities in their classrooms.
First granted in 1989, the Lee S. Pattison Distinguished Teacher Award seeks to celebrate teachers who best embody all that Lee Pattison gave, day in and day out: loyalty, creativity, humor, flexibility and integrity.
Teachers nominate their peers by reflecting in writing how their nominees demonstrate each of the qualifying characteristics. A committee of administrators and alumni reviews the nominations and determines the winners. They receive a $10,000 stipend spread over three years, and an additional $1,000 to spend for the benefit of the school.