This week's MIX 95.1's Rick & Lisa Teacher of the Week is Ms. Mary Conklin of Fannett Metal Elementary School.
I would like to nominate Mary Conklin which is a Head Start Teacher at Fannett Metal Elementary School. Mary is beyond wonderful with the children and is always thinking up new and ingenius ways to involve the children in learning, engaging the parents, and the community. I have had the pleasure of watching her engage with the children with the patience that is beyond comprehension. I know that all teachers work very hard for their students, but she is the most amazing person with the children and they absolutely love her. She is patient, kind, understanding, and she really cares about the 19 preschoolers she has in her classroom. One morning, I took my daughter to school and saw Ms. Mary comforting another little boy who was upset because he had to leave his brother to go to Head Start. She talked to him, calmed him down, and made is day better. When she talks about the children, she lights up. She knows what is going on with the children and is on top of anything needing addressed. Any note written to her is promptly returned and answered. Some people have a special gift for connecting with children, and Ms. Mary is among the finest. It is so important, especially in Head Start, because this is the first experience that these children have with school and it will shape their future interest in academics. A bad experience could mean a terrible time for the parent and child for future years. The class had a party on Friday, and I volunteered to help as many parents did. We were quickly overwhelmed by the activity and energy of the children and during it all, Ms. Mary was the kind, firm voice who kept order and calm in the classroom. I could never dream of doing her job, especially as well as she does it!!!! I hope that Ms. Mary gets teacher of the week and is rewarded for making such a positive difference in the lives of such young and impressionable children!
This letter was submitted by Rushele Wingert
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