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Blakely fourth-grade teacher named 'Educator of the Year'
The Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club has selected Maureen Wilson, a fourth-grade teacher at Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary School, as its 2014 “Educator of the Year.”
This annual award program honors an educator who has made extraordinary efforts toward improving the education of Bainbridge Island children. Besides recognition, the award includes a $500 check to the honoree, and an additional $500 to the winner's school.
Wilson is the sixth recipient of this annual award.
Kiwanis Club president Doug Burns will present the award to Wilson at the club’s breakfast meeting on Wednesday, June 18. Community members are invited to attend the 7 a.m. event, which will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church located at 1187 Wyatt Way.
“Blakely Principal Reese Ande, numerous parents, former students and several teachers nominated Wilson for this honor," Burns said. "The many specific comments made about her superior teaching ability, outstanding classroom management and committed relationship with her students make her a truly worthy recipient of this year’s award.”
It is also significant that 18 parents wrote individual nominating letters. One parent said, “Ms. Wilson does not accept mediocrity. She has high expectations for all her students. She gives her students enough credit to be honest with them, and provides them specific suggestions on what they can do better. Not all teachers do this.”
Another parent said: “Maureen Wilson is a once-in-a-lifetime teacher who is an inspiration to the children as well as to her co-workers. She has been teaching for almost 40 years, but her enthusiasm and motivation to move herself and her students forward has only gained momentum over the years.”
“Ms. Wilson’s ability to creatively adapt curriculum into a lesson that engages and inspires children is rare and special," Blakely Principal Reese Ande said in his nomination letter. "There is no ceiling for her students, no limits on what they can accomplish, and no idea too big to explore.”
Wilson's fellow teachers also heaped praise on this year's top educator.
“She constantly strives to bring into her classroom the best for her students," a teaching colleague of Wilson said. "This may be new technology, projects, mentors, games, books or whatever is needed to keep her students interested and engaged in learning. She also was the teacher of both of my sons who are now in high school. For both of them Maureen Wilson was hands down their favorite elementary teacher.”
Wilson was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado. She received her master’s degree at the University of Oregon and has taught for 38 years, 23 of those at Blakely Elementary.
The Educator of the Year selection committee once again had several outstanding people to choose from this year, and Burns encourages community members to nominate a worthy teacher in the future.