A local school district honored outstanding teachers during the annual “Teacher of the Year” luncheon Friday.
Beth Black, first grade teacher at Washington-Franklin Elementary School in the Farmington School District, was named the district’s “Teacher of the Year” by the CTA during the luncheon, held in the lobby of Black Knight Fieldhouse at Farmington High School.
Black, an educator for 25 years, was one of eight educators up for the award after being named the “Teacher of the Year” for their respective buildings. The other nominees include Jennifer Menteer for Truman Learning Center, Keli Keutzer for Jefferson Elementary, Jillian Williams for Roosevelt Elementary, Lisa Clary for Lincoln Intermediate, Melissa Hampton for Farmington Middle School, SMSgt. Earnest Heflin for Farmington High School, and Jerry Will for WL Johns.
Each building principal spoke about their nominated educators. In her speech, Washington-Franklin Principal Dr. Lori Lamb said Black’s colleagues nominated her for their building’s award due to Black’s soft, but effective teaching voice and warm, caring demeanor.
“She cares deeply about them as a person,” Lamb said, “and never gives up on a child because she believes every child is capable of learning and she wants them to succeed and reach their highest potential.”
During her career, Black has also served as grade level chairperson, six-year member of the professional development committee, first grade literacy leader, member of the advisory committee, as well as working with other first grade teachers in the district on ELA curriculum committee to prioritize standards.
Black and her husband, Rick, have three children – Collin, Allie and Matt – and one granddaughter, Indy. They are active members of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bonne Terre.
Read more about the luncheon and this year’s nominees in the May 10 edition of the Farmington Press.