Our District 287 Nominating Committee announced that Paul Bennett from the Prairie Center Academy has been named our Teacher of the Year (TOY).
Paul was chosen as TOY because he is not only an engaging and versatile social studies department of one at Prairie Center Academy; he is the chief listener and top encourager, walking patiently beside students on their sometimes winding path to graduation.
Paul uses tools of a master teacher to provide an array of differentiated learning options: from project based learning, to digital curriculum, to travel abroad, assuring a rigorous, relevant and personalized education for his very lucky students.
While visiting Paul in his busy classroom, we asked him why he is so committed to teaching.
“I like teaching because I love helping students navigate through high school and helping them prepare and plan for their future,” said Paul “I think when we, as educators, build positive relationships with our students, we can have a huge influence on their lives.”
Paul also is the Innovation Coach for the Shady Oak building. He works with staff to develop new ideas for our district.
Paul will compete in the Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year contest later this year. Congratulations Paul Bennett, District 287 Teacher of the year.
Read more from our interview with Paul.
In my own words, by Paul Bennett, District 287 Teacher of the Year:
"I like teaching because I love helping students navigate through high school and helping them prepare and plan for their future.
I think when we, as educators, build positive relationships with our students, we can have a huge influence on their lives and this is what I find real meaning in when I show up daily at Prairie Center Academy.
I also find the world a very interesting place and I love the challenge of showing young people how fun the journey of learning can be. Nothing thrills me more than running into a graduate from a program I taught in and find out we made a positive difference in their lives when they needed it most.
I'm thrilled and humbled by the nomination because I work in a district that has so many wonderful educators and wonderful people."
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