Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Class Act: Du Quoin Educator Finalist for Teacher of the Year
DU QUOIN -- The students at Du Quoin Middle School are getting up and moving around for this assignment in Amanda Dearmond's class. She's been teaching reading and language arts for 14 years.
"There's a difference between teaching a subject and teaching students. She teaches her students. She's extremely dedicated, changes her techniques on a daily basis. She does a great job," said Principal Aaron Hill.
He nominated Dearmond for Illinois Teacher of the Year, and out of 200 nominations, Dearmond is now in the finals. She's one of 11 up for the honor from around the state and the only educator from southern Illinois.
"It's something I've always known I wanted to do, when I was in high school and started thinking about a career, there was no other career that came to mind," said Dearmond.
Her students have a great deal of admiration for their teacher. They enjoy the activities they get to participate in during class.
"I think the best part is she's really nice. I like her, she makes it fun. She gets us in groups and I really like her," explained Hannah Kirby.
Mackenzie Sizemore added, "She is very intelligent. She likes to have fun with most things, which is a good idea to do with children now these days. It helps them pay attention more. She's just smart with what she does."
Dearmond says she gets along well with her students and works hard to make things fun and educational for them. She's also quick to compliment other teachers and administrators.
"I work well with my colleagues and it's more like team teaching."
Dearmond says that partnership comes in handy when developing interesting things to capture the students attention and help them to learn something new.
"I just don't think being a teacher is something you do individually. It's something you have to have the support of staff members, colleagues, and administration. Being a teacher is working with people and who you work with really helps out," said Dearmond.
The Illinois State Board of Education will announce this year's winner on October 19.
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