Baltimore Honors Teacher Of The Year For Excellence In EducationBALTIMORE (WJZ)—Baltimore's top teaching title goes to a middle school instructor in Northwest Baltimore. As Gigi Barnett reports, he advances for the title among teachers statewide. Every one of Brad Nornhold’s eighth-grade math students at KIPP: Ujima Village Academy in Northwest Baltimore is expected to go to college. They've got a good shot because Nornhold is Baltimore's teacher of the year. The honor comes with a surprise visit from Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso. [worldnow id=6981999 width=385 height=288 type=video] "Here is somebody who gets amazing results. The kids are incredibly motivated and the expectations are very high," Alonso said. So high that math test scores among Nornhold's student are consistently No. 1 in the city-- and last year, they were fourth in the state. Students have his cell number, too. They can call anytime just in case they need more help. "He tracks where every student is on every skill all year long. So, if you ask him ‘Tell me how each student is doing on a particular skill,’ he can tell you exactly where each student is," said Jason Botel, KIPP: Ujima Village executive director. "He just pushes us beyond what we think we can do. And, I really like that," said Keyana Williams, KIPP student. Nornhold now gets a slew of prizes. He says building strong relationships plus teaching rigorous math lessons equal smarter students. "They believe that I do care and that I really do want to help them, and when they believe that, they really want to work hard," Nornhold said. Nornhold now moves on to the state teacher of the year competition, which will be announced this fall.
Twenty-time Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the 54th Annual Grammy Awards February 12th. The show will air on CBS. The Recording Academy announced this morning that Springsteen and company will make the Grammys the first stop on their upcoming Wrecking Ball tour.
The Boss joins a list of Grammy performers this year that includes Paul McCartney, Adele, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars. The Grammys are known for high-profile collaborations and this year will see Coldplay with Rihanna; Glen Campbell and Blake Shelton together with The Band Perry; and Kelly Clarkson will duet with Jason Aldean.
Newly announced stars presenting Grammys this year include actor and recording artist Jack Black, six-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Fergie, three-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Amir “?uestlove” Thompson of the Roots, and nine-time Grammy winner Ringo Starr. They join previously announced presenters Dierks Bentley, Drake, Miranda Lambert, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
LL Cool J will be hosting the Grammys for the first time. He’s been hosting The Grammy Nominations Concert since it started in 2008. He’ll be the first official host in seven years, replacing a system of rotating presenters acting as master of ceremonies. The Grammys will be shown live Sunday February 12th.