最佳进步奖 Most Improved AwardWritten by Scott Dreyer
The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. -German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
- Booker T. Washington, born in Virginia as a slave and later the first black to be a guest in the White House.
To celebrate success and improvement, we created the DreyerCoaching.com Most Improved Award (最佳进步奖) for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year, to help also celebrate our 10th anniversary online.
2018-2019 1st 9 weeks
The FIRST winner of this new award, in November 2018, is Bob Liu, from beautiful Hangzhou, China.
Why did Bob win this award?
His DreyerCoaching.com teacher Mrs. McKinney reports that Bob has made GREAT progress since she began working with him, and Bob attends almost EVERY Friendly Free Friday class he can. Bob knows that learning a foreign language is a long-term process, and on top of that, when my wife and I were in Nanjing in June 2018, Bob and his mother traveled two hours by train from their home to Nanjing, just to meet in person. Wow! What commitment! Lastly, Bob is inquisitive and likes to ask questions, and always has a GREAT attitude.
So, for all these reasons and more, Bob is our FIRST winner of the Most Improved Award. Congratulations, Bob!
2018-2019 2nd 9 weeks
The winner of the "Most Improved" Award for the second 9 weeks is Cici Liu, of Wuhan, China.
Over the past year or so, two things about Cici have made her stand out in my mind. First, she takes initiative to learn. At DreyerCoaching.com, we seldom ask our students to memorize passages, but several times her teacher, Mr. Woodson, told me that Cici had volunteered to memorize and then recite passages from her Reading 1 book about the US states like Vermont. He was so impressed, he would record her recitations and email them to me to look at. Second, once she learned the word "mayor" in English and when she realized the Chinese meaning, she told her teacher, "I want to be the mayor of Wuhan some day." When I met with her for her bonus class the other day to celebrate her winning this award, I asked her why she wanted to be mayor of Wuhan. She told me in English, "So Wuhan can be number one." (Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, sits alongside the mighty Yangtze River and is home to more than 10.6 million people. That means, Cici's CITY has more people than the entire US states of VIRGINIA and WEST VIRGINIA combined!
When I told our teacher team that we have a new "Most Improved" Award, Mr. Woodson told me he wanted Cici to get it for the next 9 weeks. Below is his glowing assessment.
A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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