Beverly Thompson, 2011 Teacher of the Year: Wadsworth Elementary
FlaglerLive | January 13, 2011
Wadsworth Elementary is truly my home away from home. I have been actively involved in the school since our son, Brett, started kindergarten in 1992. First, as a parent volunteer in the classroom and PTO, then as a substitute teacher (exclusively at WES) for six years, before Stewart Maxcy gave me the opportunity to teach full time in 2002. Since then, I have taught second, third, and gifted students, and am now in my second year of teaching fourth grade. I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Elementary Certification Grades 1-6, and Gifted Endorsement. It was through the encouragement of several teachers for whom I substituted that I pursued certification in elementary education as a second career.
It was a natural path for me as I previously headed the training department of a financial institution in my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. During that time, I was responsible for the training of all tellers, service representatives, and management trainees. Teaching children is certainly more interesting and rewarding. I thrive on the challenge of meeting the diverse needs of my students each day. While my expectations are high, my students know I believe in them and we celebrate their accomplishments no matter how small. I would not be able to devote the time and energy necessary to my teaching without the understanding and support of my husband Bill. It is an honor and a privilege to represent Wadsworth’s excellent team of teachers.
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