mrs._smith.jpgStanwood Elementary second grade teacher Brandi Smith was "still in shock" hours after ten of her students announced to the Stanwood Elementary staff that she had been selected as the November Stanwood-Camano Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Smith's students described how she believes in every child and made learning fun for them. "She always encouraged us to do math we thought we could not do. She believed in us. She was right, we could do it," explained one student. Another student described Mrs. Smith as her "favorite teacher" because she made reading fun and "she made me feel smart even though it was sometimes really hard for me."

The Teacher of the Month award recipient is chosen by a committee of community members and one school district employee who review nominations submitted by parents, school employees, students, and community members. Brandi's nomination described her as having an ability to "meet students where they are both academically and emotionally and bring them along to achieve at a level that seemed out of their grasp." Her nomination continued by saying "she has a way of getting children to believe in themselves and develop a love of learning."

The Teacher of the Month award will be given monthly during the school year thanks to a partnership between the Stanwood-Camano School District and the local Sterling Savings Bank. Each winner will be recognized in front of the School Board and will receive a $50.00 gift card to Maxime's Restaurant and two movie passes to Stanwood Cinemas.

Brandi will be recognized as the November Teacher of the Month at the November 18, 2008 School Board meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Stanwood-Camano School District Administration and Resource Center.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Do you know someone who you would like to nominate for the Teacher of the Month award? Nominating is easy! Follow this link to download a nomination form: icon Teacher of the Month Nomination form (66.37 kB)

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