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While there are a number of teachers within the Duncan Public Schools System worthy of attention for their work in the classroom, the selection of Tammy Bennett as teacher of the year for 2013-14 is no surprise.
Nominated by her peers and selected from a group of nine quality candidates, Bennett may well be a mold for teachers in the future.
Her primary focus is not preparing students to do well on tests and attain high grade point averages. Her focus is to teach young people how to learn, how to think, how to reason, how to work as a team, how to communicate and how to enjoy the process
Her willingness to become a student herself, gaining knowledge of a remarkable program like the STEM program that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics is but one example of her commitment not only to education but to young people. And her ability to share that knowledge is already grabbing attention and paying dividends.
In essence, her role as a teacher is changing lives.
She was probably worthy of the teacher of the year honor when she was first nominated in 2007. Or when she was nominated again in 2011.
So the actual award may be overdue.
Tammy Bennett adds distinction to an already notable career of service. She is making a difference, charting a new path. Let’s hope the commitment she so eagerly shares is contagious.