Editor’s note: The county school boards association has announced its teachers of the year — a reminder that we are home to some of the best teachers around. Here’s the “scoop” from the Superintendent of Schools October newsletter. Thank you teachers for all you do — all too often you are our society’s “unsung heroes”!
“This year seven teachers were honored with the title of Teacher of the Year by their respective school districts,” the newsletter reads. “Five of the seven teachers participated on a county-wide level. All seven teachers will be recognized at the annual Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and Nevada County School Boards Association (NCSBA) dinner on October 27. These teachers exemplify various qualities of teaching that represent the Nevada County educational arena at-large.
These seven teachers are Sue Muir – Chicago Park SD, Patsy Hannebrink – Clear Creek SD, Michael Day – Grass Valley SD, Roxanne Fleenor – Pleasant Ridge SD, Christine Loveton – Pleasant Valley SD, Devin Bradley – Ready Springs SD, and Meghan Salter – Union Hill SD.
A panel of judges has named Meghan Salter as Nevada County Teacher of the Year. She has continued the process to the next level by submitting an application to the CDE. The application requires writing numerous papers: an introductory letter; professional biography; student progress; school- community involvement; philosophy of teaching; opinion paper on education issues and trends; the teaching profession; and, if given the platform, what her message would be to the teaching profession.
Meghan Salter has been focused on being a teacher since high school. She was surrounded by teachers throughout her life and grew up understanding that teaching is more than going to work for seven hours and returning home.
Meghan sees her job as ‟one of helping her students reach their potential in a variety of ways, for many paths can lead to success‟. Her teaching style reflects her values and her goals as a teacher. Says Meghan, “There are clear expectations for behavior and for academics, but there is fluidity in the presentation. Lesson plans and activities may vary, but students know they can always expect a caring and constructive environment.”
In Meghan’s platform paper she says, “I take my job as a teacher very seriously because I know I am already a role model for my students. In a role as a spokesperson for the profession, I would hope to display qualities that I believe matter most: professionalism, integrity, dedication, and passion.
“I would encourage my colleagues to focus on our common love for children and finding best practices to use in teaching them. To the public, my message would be one of reassurance that we treasure their children, too, and have a vested interest in their success. When we work together, we can support our children in achieving their goals.”
Meghan will speak at the ACSA/NCSBA dinner, where she will share some of her philosophy and what drives her love of teaching.”
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