AUBURN — Peter Servidio, a fifth-grade teacher and coordinator of distance learning at Saint Dominic Academy, has been named the recipient of a $10,000 grant from The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.

The award is a result of Servidio’s work on the blended learning partnership between the academy and Holy Savior School in Rumford.

Blended learning combines proven teaching methods with the delivery of content and material via digital and online media. The pace and application of the material is adjusted on a student-by-student basis.

Servidio, who leads the academy’s curriculum oversight for the partnership, has spent the past 12 years working as a librarian/media specialist, Virtual High School site coordinator and part-time middle and high school teacher. Along with these roles, he was also the dean of student affairs at the academy’s Auburn campus for eight years before returning to the classroom full time to teach fifth grade this year.

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning’s Teacher Grant Program is designed to reward teachers and counselors who have demonstrated excellence in education in targeted areas in the blended and online setting. In order to capture some of the powerful best practices and share these strategies with the community, the program recognizes individuals who want to make a difference with their students through the utilization of different mediums and tools.

Grant recipients must demonstrate measurable outcomes in regards to proving the effectiveness of their programs and strategies. In its first year, the innovative program at Holy Savior School has already had a positive impact on students and teachers as they enjoy new technology and independent learning software in congruence with traditional classroom activities.

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