Teacher of the Year!!

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 🙂

P.S. There's also a wand... 😉


  1. OMGosh! How exciting! Congratulations!! As a mom, it’s WONDERFUL to see a teacher that actually cares about her students and takes pride in her job. You deserve that award (and crown!)

  2. Well deserved! Congratulations. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! And I say OWN YOUR TIARA, girl! You look mahvelous in it : )

  4. Congratulations! That is awesome. I love the crown!

  5. SO proud and happy for your Sarah. You deserve it! Celebrate because you have earned it.

  6. That’s a beautiful picture–and I’m so happy for you I can’t even tell you. Just from knowing you online, you’ve impressed me so much as a teacher who cares, who inspires and who works her butt off. This award is much deserved–and you have my congratulations!
    YAY! 🙂

  7. Congratulations!

  8. Congrats!!

  9. Barb Rheinhardt says:

    so excited for you, Sarah. AND, I am excited your application goes into the State for its teacher of the year consideration. A note about the crown….it looks great on you, but what happens if next year’s recipient is a man? I want to see that photo! Haha! Congratulations, again, YOU deserve this award.

  10. Chelsea Dowd says:

    Good job, your my favorite teacher 🙂

  11. Congratulations! Like I said before I would have LOVED to have you as a teacher in high school. Pretty sure you TOTALLY deserve the award.

  12. Mrs. Andersen says:

    Thank you everyone for the congratulations and comments! I didn’t go into teaching expecting recognition for what I do, but it’s definitely an amazing feeling to get recognition like this!

  13. Do you know what I love best about this entire post? THAT CROWN!!! That’s how to honor a teacher. Not with even more paperwork to compete but a crown!

    Now, where’s your parade?

    Oh, and CONGRATS!!!

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