Southampton Teacher Wins FMC’s Media Savvy Teacher Award


Fair Media Council’s Media Savvy Teacher Award went to Southampton Elementary School Teacher Anastasia Gavalas for using news media in the classroom.

Gavalas won for her Leadership Through the Eyes of Children program, a workshop devoted to recognizing strong leaders while building the students’ leadership skills.  Students used the media to research prominent leaders, and then formed their own ideas on effective leadership.  The students presented their thoughts in a photos story, which can be viewed on YouTube by searching “Leadership Through the Eyes of Children.”

FMC’s Media Savvy Teacher Award Recognizes 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers who are using news in their classrooms. Media literacy promotes the use of deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills. Since these skills are formed between the ages of 12 to 15, FMC is a strong proponent of introducing children to media literacy as early as possible.

The Fair Media Council (FMC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that educates businesses, nonprofits and the public to become media savvy.  FMC also advocates for quality local news coverage and has about 200 New York Metro area businesses and nonprofits as members.

The deadline for the next Media Savvy Teacher Award is June 29, 2012.  Teachers can find the entry form here.  For more information call 1.855.432.4763, ext. 702. or 1.516.224.1860, ext. 702, or email


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