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Local teacher honored by cable industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The executive director at the Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness in Lodi is being honored by the cable industry for her commitment to improving education in her community.

Charter Communications and Cable in the Classroom announced Tuesday that Mary Jean Erschen is a finalist for the 2009 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards. The annual awards program honors outstanding educators, administrators, and other community leaders at the forefront of innovation in education.

Finalists are eligible for a national Cable's Leaders in Learning Award, which includes a $3,000 prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a June awards ceremony and luncheon in honor of the winners. The winners will be announced in May.

Erschen is one of 47 finalists selected from classroom educators, administrators, college faculty and community leaders nationwide. Erschen is being recognized in the General Excellence category for helping young people learn emergency response skills that will help prevent injuries, develop planning skills, and lead to the identification of vulnerable situations within their schools, homes, and community, and build skills that will aid in initial response to emergencies and disasters until additional help arrives. Erschen is also a coordinator of the Ribbon of schools to film 30-second public service announcements against school violence. The students create the message they want to express in the PSA with the help of Charter Communications.

"In an era where 21st century learning skills are crucial to young people becoming highly productive and responsible citizens, we are pleased to recognize individuals who have innovatively and creatively figured out ways to move closer to this goal," said Frank Gallagher, director of education and media literacy at Cable in the Classroom. "Erschen's efforts are a prime example of the sorts of educational leadership and vision the cable industry is proud to honor."

For more information on the awards and the 2009 finalists, click here.

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