Governor’s Weekly Message: Honoring Teachers for Their Role in Shaping Our Children’s Future

Wilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell recognizes Delaware’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Mount Pleasant Elementary’s Wendy Turner, and pays tribute to the many excellent educators across our state who are helping our children learn and prepare for success.

“We know that a major factor in student achievement is an excellent teacher, and we can’t overstate the important role our educators play in shaping our children’s future,” Governor Markell said.  “That’s why we’re supporting them in more ways through professional learning communities in schools, new teacher leadership roles, and compensation for professional development and national certification.  Delaware has many outstanding educators, and this week I was honored to announce that our 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year is Wendy Turner, a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary in the Brandywine School District.  I want to thank Wendy, and all of our educators who work so hard to provide our children with the knowledge and skills and opportunity to meet their full potential in life.  We appreciate all they do to keep Delaware moving forward.”
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Governor’s Weekly Message: Delaware’s Teacher of the Year

DOVER –  In his weekly message, Governor Markell honors this year’s Delaware Teacher of the Year and all the great teachers who commit themselves to educating young people and helping them reach their full potential.

“Most of us had at least one teacher growing up who changed our lives who inspired us, who saw something in us, who took the time to say – ‘I see what you’re capable of and I am going to challenge you to do it,’” said the Governor. “Those are the kinds of teachers we want for our kids – teachers who not only know their subjects but can stoke in their students that fire and desire to learn.”

Each year, at this time, Delaware honors its “Teacher of the Year.” While countless teachers are worthy of the honor, each year, each district puts up one nominee that embodies a commitment to excellence. The winner is selected from that group.

This year’s Teacher of the Year is Amber Augustus, who teaches math, science and social studies teacher at J-B-M Intermediate School in Smyrna. Ms. Augustus left a corporate career where she traveled all over for one school, one classroom in Smyrna, teaching her own students the incredible places a solid education can take you.

“We are so proud of Ms. Augustus, proud to call her one of Delaware’s best. I know our teacher-of-the-year will treasure the award, and the memory of standing up and being honored in front of hundreds of her peers,” said the Governor. “I also know that our Teacher of the Year – and all the nominees – will tell you that the greatest reward for any teacher is the chance to stand up in front of a class and change a life for the better.”

About the Governor’s Weekly Message:
At noon every Friday, a new video message is posted to the Governor’s website and YouTube channel and is distributed to Delaware media outlets. Transcripts of the messages are posted and the audio version of the Governor’s message is available on iTunes as a podcast for distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers. The Governor’s weekly message is currently being carried on the air and posted on websites by various media outlets, and the direct link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbX1TrmIAVU

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TRANSCRIPT / TEXT OF SCRIPT: Delaware’s Teacher of the Year


Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript – Delaware’s Teacher of the Year: Amber Augustus

Most of us had at least one teacher growing up who changed our lives – who inspired us, who saw something in us, who took the time to say – “I see what you’re capable of and I am going to challenge you to do it.”

Those are the kinds of teachers we want for our kids – teachers who not only know their subjects but can stoke in their students that fire and desire to learn.

Each year, at this time, we get a reminder that Delaware’s schools are full of those kinds of great teachers.   Because each October,  Delaware honors its “Teacher of the Year.”

While there are countless teachers worthy of the honor, each year, each district puts up one nominee – a nominee that embodies a commitment to excellence, who has that magical mix of knowledge and inspiration that spurs their students to achieve.

And from that group, one teacher is chosen for the top honor.  I’ve had a chance to know a number of the past winners, and it seems like each one has those moving memories to share about teachers that most inspired them when they were young.  This year’s winner has no doubt already inspired the same stories in her own students.

It’s just one of many reasons why this year’s Teacher of the Year is Amber Augustus, who teaches math, science and social studies teacher at J-B-M Intermediate School in Smyrna.   Ms. Augustus left a corporate career where she traveled all over for one school, one classroom in Smyrna, teaching her own students the incredible places a solid education can take you.

We are so proud of her – so proud to call her one of Delaware’s best. And I know our teacher-of-the-year will treasure the award, and the memory of standing up and being honored in front of hundreds of her peers.  But I also know our Teacher of the Year – and all the nominees – will tell you that the greatest reward for any teacher is the chance to stand up in front of a class and change a life for the better. To give a group of kids each year the tools they need to build successful lives of their own.  We’re committed to helping our teachers make that happen, and honored by their commitment to keeping their students – and our great state – moving forward.