IMG 3827Stephanie Myers, a fifth grade teacher at Edwards Elementary School, was awarded Rotary Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 17. A Model Teacher in the Teacher Leadership Program, Myers has taught fifth grade at Edwards for the past six years.

Principal David Peterson said Myers’ success as a teacher stems from an array of skills and practices that engage  her students in “thinking with great rigor; sharing their thinking with one another, and reflecting on learning.”

“She implements a connected sequence of content and instructional strategies at a high level,” Peterson said. “Many district teachers observe her classroom, and she reflects on her teaching with them and helps to identify best practice instruction.”

Among best practices, Myers reviews student data regularly with her colleagues in their Professional Learning Community for solid core instruction, re-teaching, and enriching learning, Peterson said. “She also works with  her fifth grade team of teachers to build community learning activities and routines, with practice to make a positive community of learners for the entire year.”

The Ames Morning Rotary is committed to youth education and realizes that teachers are responsible for quality education. To help demonstrate this commitment the Club annually recognizes a teacher from each of these school districts: Ames, Story City and Gilbert.