Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year 2016-2017: Mrs. Pam Gemperle
One of Pam Gemperle's peers explained that she officially and unofficially mentors many of her colleagues. Everyone knows that she treats all of her students like they are her own. She is firm, but she is loving. When a student celebrates his or her birthday, she makes sure the student has a treat to share with the class. She buys cupcakes and stores them in the school’s freezer so that she has them available if a child doesn’t bring a treat to share. She provides clothing for some of her students that need it and has also put money on students’ lunch accounts so that they can have something to eat at lunch time. She goes above and beyond to help all of her students. Our honoree’s principal shared that she teaches her students about love, acceptance, and grace. She models love and respect even when she’s having a bad day. She does more than teach children – she inspires them. She models kindness and compassion for all of the teachers that she mentors. She teaches them about the importance of challenging all students to reach their full potential. Mrs. Gemperle has not only inspired her colleagues and students, but also has inspired one of her own children to be a teacher. She doesn’t do anything for awards, recognition, or attention. In fact, she hates attention. She does all that she does because of her strong desire to serve and to make this world a better place. In the process of doing so, she has made her school and our district a much better place for our students. It is truly an honor to recognize her today for all that she has done for her students, her colleagues, and our community.