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Montgomery Teacher of Year
Wednesday, 08 December 2010

December 8--  A ten-year veteran of the Montgomery County school system is the teacher of the year.


Janeth Coleman accepts top teacher award from School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten (L) and her school principal Dr. Marvin Howard.

Middle school teacher Janeth Coleman's selection was announced at the monthly school board meeting.  "One of the things we tell our students is that when they're successful, we're successful, and I guess this just proves it," she notes.

Ms. Coleman teaches language arts and gifted students in the 7th and 8th grades.

"You have to make it real for them so they see what they are doing in the classroom is important and will affect what they do in the future," she says.  "I want them to be successful in life, not just today.  One of the greatest things is when they come back and tell me what they are doing now or that they're making all "A's" in college.  That's what we want, for them to be successful in the future," Coleman says.

She believes a teachers role is to give students basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills to build on.  "Our kids can do it if we give them the skills they need for the future.  Technology is great but if it's not used the right way, it's not a skilll they can build on," she reports.

Others honored as teachers of the year in their individual schools include second grade teacher Melissa Fernandez at Montgomery County Elementary School and ninth grade English teacher Ashley Lynn at Montgomery County High School.

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