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Teacher of the Year

Monday, October 21, 2019

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The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national program that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding teachers.

I have been fortunate the past three years to be a member of the Martin County Teacher of the Year Panel. We read nominated teachers' portfolios and then conduct interviews. It is the most gratifying experience!

Each teacher is so passionate about their students and the teaching profession. What makes them candidates for this honor? I have selected three areas that were consistently mentioned throughout the process, whether it was an elementary or a high school level teacher.

1. They respect their students: They create a warm, nurturing environment where students feel safe to express their feelings and don't feel judged.

2. They set high expectations for students and themselves: They set clear goals and timelines from the first day of school and know the importance of modifying them as the year progresses.

3. They are lifelong learners: They love to learn themselves and are continually attending seminars and courses to expand their knowledge on topics, such as subject matter, classroom management and learning styles.

The Martin County Teacher of the Year will be announced at a spectacular Gala on November 8th. Each school in the district creates a theme-based table. The excitement in the air is electrifying! It is a wonderful night honoring our teachers! I'm so happy to be a part of the process.

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