Superintendent Joe Windle honored Dadeville Elementary School teacher Wendy Beck as the Tallapoosa County Teacher of the Year during a luncheon Wednesday. | Alison James

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Beck wins teacher of the year

Published 4:21pm Thursday, January 24, 2013

At the first ever Tallapoosa County Teacher of the Year ceremony, Wendy Beck from Dadeville Elementary School was announced the Teacher of the Year.

“I’m very excited,” Beck said. “The award is going to make me work that much harder.”

Beck and other teachers were honored at a luncheon Wednesday at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse.

Beck was chosen as the county teacher of the year from the local school teachers of the year at each county school, who included Deanna Jennings from Councill Middle School, Maribeth Farr from Dadeville High School, Ronda Boyd from the elementary level at Horseshoe Bend School, Kim Vickers from the secondary level at Horseshoe Bend School, Leah Solomon from the elementary level at Reeltown School and Andy Chamness from the secondary level at Reeltown School.

“I consider it an honor,” Vickers said. “I don’t believe it’s anything particular that I do as an individual, but what I do with my colleagues. We all work together.”

Assistant Superintendent John Wilcox said when he saw who had won at each school, he was impressed but not surprised.

“I really believe we have some wonderful teachers in this system,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox and Superintendent Joe Windle presented plaques of appreciation to each winner. Additionally, Laura Yoder with Life Insurance Company of Alabama presented a gift to each winning teacher – a two-night, three-day trip to Orange Beach and a $250 Visa gift card for Beck and a $50 Visa gift card for the other teachers.

“To be selected by the leadership in the school and your peers … is probably the highest honor that you could receive,” Windle said. “You know that you are doing something that is a step higher than what is required. It is a greater commitment than we could normally ask for. You do it with a determination that is greater.”

Beck said she thought it was her genuine care for kids that pushed her over the top to be chosen from among other teachers.

“As educators, it’s our job to find out how to motivate kids, no matter where they come from,” Beck said.

Windle thanked Wilcox for identifying the need for the event and pulling together all the details.

“It’s something we ought to do every year, and we need to make it bigger and bigger every year,” Windle said.

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