A Midland County educator known for providing students with individual attention to help them succeed in the classroom and for using different approaches, such as a school store, to enhance their learning has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.
The award winner, Beth Quimby, teaches third grade at Chestnut Hill Elementary in Midland. The school is part of the Midland Public Schools.
The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state during the school year.
Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Each winner also is featured in a news segment on the Lottery’s media partner stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The segment featuring Quimby will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.
Quimby said her favorite parts of being an educator are “seeing children realize that they can be successful at anything they put their minds to and being a part of shaping children’s lives and helping them become caring global learners and team learners.
“I come from a family of teachers, so it was what I knew I would do from the start. It was a natural fit,” she said of choosing education as her career.
Quimby said her students motivate her to do her best every day. “I know I am making a difference for every child in my classroom. I believe it is my responsibility, as their teacher, to help them to be successful and challenge them so they can become whatever they desire to be.”
The Excellence in Education award nomination for Quimby described her as “a kind and very caring teacher.”
“She is always early to school and one of the last to leave. If a student needs extra help, she gives up her lunch hour to help them. She works very hard to make sure that every student is working to his or her full ability. She will present course material in many different ways so all the students understand what is being taught,” the nomination said.
“She makes learning fun by using many different tools. Our third graders run a school store and she is there teaching them about money, costs and profits and how the profits from the store support community projects.”
Quimby earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and a bachelor of arts in special education, both from Michigan State University. She also earned a master of arts in classroom teaching from Central Michigan University. She has been an educator for 32 years, all with the Midland Public Schools.
Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award at http://bit.ly/ExcellenceInEducation or through the websites of the Lottery’s media partner stations.
Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
- Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
- Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
- Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts.
- Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.