Brooks County Middle School Names Teacher of the Year

| February 26, 2014

BCMS-Teacher-of-the-YearQUITMAN, GA – Brooks County Middle School (BCMS) has announced Mrs. Beth Lee as their Teacher of the Year.  Lee is currently in her sixth year of teaching and is a Brooks County School graduate.  “Being a teacher was something I decided to do after I became a mother. I had the realization that children need people in their lives who were eager to mold young minds, and I felt that this was something I should consider.”  Lee states that teaching is her calling and that when she made the decision to become a teacher in her hometown it was another way for her to give back to her community.  Lee says that her passion further lies in motivating and encouraging her students to reach their dreams and full potential. “As a student in the Brooks County school system, I admired teachers like Joann Long and Libby Parrish because they were passionate about educating students regardless of their backgrounds, and I wanted to touch someone’s life just as they had touched mine.”

Lee believes that by being a teacher, it is important to be flexible and adapt to any situation and make the best of anything that comes her way.  “ A teacher must be compassionate.  Children in today’s society are facing many obstacles and hardships outside the confines of the school building.  Being empathetic and ensuring students feel safe while they are in our presence should be at the forefront of every teacher’s mind.”

Lee hopes that if there were anything her students can grasp from her teaching, it would be for them to be able to look back on their time in her classroom and realize that her ultimate goal was to challenge them.  “I hope they realize that the days when I seemed to challenge them most were done out of love and the realization of the potential each child possesses. It is my desire that these challenges will provide my students with the skills needed to become leaders of tomorrow.”

Lee says she feels honored to be chosen by her peers at the middle school because the middle school is filled with wonderful people who are just as passionate about teaching as she is.  “it is very humbling to know that others place me in that same category.  Knowing that you have a group of people who support you and recognize your efforts is definitely awe-inspiring!”

As a teacher, Lee’s ultimate goal as an educator is to inspire and motivate as many students as she can.  She says that although she cannot change the world, she realizes that she can impart knowledge upon her students to make a difference in the world.  “Brooks County is my home, this is where I belong.  I want to do my best for fostering learning, create lifelong learners and be a part of a community that honors and respects all people no matter their differences.”

Source: Brooks County School System Press Release

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