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San Diego, Poway Teachers Cited for National Award

Time Warner Cable Names Outstanding Teachers

Release Date: 05/24/2005

Teachers from Francis Parker School in Linda Vista and Mesa Verde Middle School in Poway will each receive national recognition from Time Warner Cable through the company’s National Teacher Awards program. The Time Warner Cable National Teacher Awards honors innovative use of cable television programming and Road Runner High Speed Internet services in the classroom. Mary Brown, from Francis Parker School, and MaryCay Densmore, from Mesa Verde Middle School, will represent their school during an awards event on June 7 in Washington, D.C., along with other teachers who developed winning classroom projects selected for this year’s Awards. Brown and Densmore will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Time Warner Cable.

“It’s very gratifying to see our local teachers get this national recognition,” said Judy Walsh, president, Time Warner Cable San Diego.  “It underscores the hard work, dedication and real creative energy that is going into our classrooms, and eventually, our entire community benefits from that effort,” she said.

At Francis Parker School in the community of Linda Vista, Mary Brown led a team of teachers to produce the IKIDAROD, a simulation of the Iditarod, where “mushers” race across Alaska. This involved all subjects and culminated in a race staged the day before the actual Iditarod. The kids were the dogs, and ran a 4-mile segment of the beach in a sled dog harness designed by the teams. For the entire month of February, students participated in rigorous training to prepare for the event, including Iditarod-related math, history, English, science, and physical training! Students conducted much of their research using Road Runner High Speed Internet service.

MaryCay Densmore, a teacher from Mesa Verde Middle School in the Poway Unified School District, also received top honors for her project called Heartfelt Heroes. The six-month unit began with students writing about the definition of a hero. Then, they read the novel “The Outsiders” and analyzed the characters and found elements of heroism. The cable programs from A&E, The History Channel, and The Discovery Channel were essential to the project because they wove a connecting thread through history from the early Roman period to the present. This is Densmore’s third consecutive win through the Time Warner Cable National Teacher Awards Program.

The programming is part of Cable in the Classroom, a public service of Time Warner Cable and the cable television industry supplying over 525 hours of commercial-free, educational programming to schools each month.

Time Warner Cable’s National Teacher Awards is an important part of the company’s community service and educational support.  What began as a commitment to connect schools in its coverage areas to cable and provide commercial-free educational programming to those schools has grown to keep pace with changes in education and technology. Monthly edcuational programming schedules, specific lesson plans, and information about student contests are available from Time Warner Cable San Diego via the company’s website,

In areas where the company has launched Road Runner, Time Warner Cable’s broadband Internet service, a high-speed modem and the service are offered at no cost to schools and public libraries as well.  To date close to 8 million students in Time Warner Cable markets have access to high quality, timely, informative programming which, in the hands of teachers such as Brown and Densmore, becomes the springboard for valuable classroom experiences. 

Time Warner Cable San Diego provides free cable television and Road Runner High Speed Online service to more than 125 schools in San Diego, Poway, and Coronado. Time Warner Cable San Diego is a division of Time Warner, the world's first fully integrated media, communications, and entertainment company. Time Warner Cable owns and operates the world's most advanced and best-clustered cable television operations serving nearly 11 million households in the United States. More than 800 local employees serve customers in the San Diego, Desert Cities and Barstow areas with cable television, high speed online and digital telephone services over a fiber-rich broadband network.

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