Before Christmas break I found out that I was nominated for my district’s Teacher of the Year award. I was definitely stunned! To be honest, I was really nervous about submitting my application because I thought it was too long or simply not good enough. The Clio Area Educational Foundation set up the application so it’s identical to the state’s application for Teacher of the Year as well. I was one of 11 nominees, all of which are very deserving.
Tonight (I’m writing this Wednesday night) we had the reception dinner for the nominees. After the nominees were recognized, the CAEF brought up the past three winners because they’ve added on a monetary award. Each of the past winners received checks for $300 to use towards their classrooms. After this the winner was announced and I won!! Not only did I win a plaque, I received $500 for my classroom!! I was so excited and surprised! Even better, Keith (my husband) woke up really sick and was still able to make it there with me. His excitement really made the award that much better. Because our application is the same as the state’s application, the CAEF will send in my application for the Michigan Teacher of the Year award next year 🙂
The funny thing is, I have no problem speaking in front of my students and being goofy. When it comes to speaking in front of my peers, I get REALLY nervous. I had to give a speech and I had nothing prepared because I didn’t want to get my hopes up that I would win. All I could think of to say besides “Thank you,” was how I hope to be a “Teacher of the Year” every year in the eyes of my students and staff. My students are absolutely everything to me. Everything I do in my classroom and for my classroom is always with my students in mind. Even though I get frustrated with the state of teaching and what teachers are going through right now, I can’t imagine having any other job.
I’m not going to lie, this picture is really embarrassing (i.e. the crown), but it’s one of the only pictures I have at the moment. I have the crown because the past winners have been passing it on to the next winner. It’s now my obligation to pass it on to next year’s Teacher of the Year 🙂