LHS Wins Pineapple Challenge Championship Belt

A group photo of high school teachers
Meet the first winners of the Pineapple Challenge Championship Belt!

Congratulations to the teachers of Liberty High School, winners of the district’s first Pineapple Challenge.

The contest encourages Liberty’s teachers to visit one anothers’ classrooms for informal observation and feedback. Pineapples are a traditional sign of hospitality.

The Pineapple Challenge creates a system in which teachers to invite one another into their classrooms for informal observation. Teachers “advertise” the interesting things they are doing in class on a Pineapple Chart, then their colleagues are welcome to visit the classroom and quietly observe.

A teacher holds a championship belt over her head
Math teacher Liz Fuentes displays the Championship Belt.

“A great teacher is someone who is constantly learning,” said Superintendent Augustine Tornatore. “Formal professional development and conferences are all beneficial, but the Pineapple Challenge creates a wonderful opportunity to see what your colleagues are doing and is, I think, the best way to learn and grow in our profession.”

The High School was presented with the Pineapple Challenge Championship Belt in an Oct. 1 celebration.

Each month, the Championship Belt will travel to  the school which logs the most observational visits. In September, Liberty High School teachers accomplished 29 observations.