Have a great summer vacation!
First day of the 2016-2017 school year is September 6, 2016!
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Beginning in 1999, the Selkirk School District Board of Directors has recognized one staff member each year as “Educator of the Year”. The board makes the selection based on nominations received from students, parents, community members, and other staff. A perpetual plaque housed in the Selkirk High School trophy case contains a list of all past award winners.
The educator selected must have a reputation for professionalism and have the respect of both staff and students. The award winners are individuals that go out of their way to help others and consistently look for new ways to positively influence the lives of students.
On June 8, 2016 at an assembly with students in grades 6-12, the Superintendent Nancy Lotze announced that this year’s Educator of the Year was Cathy McGeorge, the district’s sole special education teacher. During the presentation, Mrs. McGeorge was compared to a variety of superheroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Elastic Girl.
Superintendent Lotze described this year’s Educator of the Year as someone who appears to be disguised as a mild, manner teacher complete with glasses, but in actuality is a hardworking superhero who works at an amazing speed, leaps tall stacks of paperwork in a single bound, and stretches herself to work with students from preschool to twelfth grade.
According to Principal Greg Goodnight, Mrs. McGeorge forms positive relationships with all students, but especially those who struggle with academics or social situations. A common theme in nominations from students included the word “help”. Helping a student provides hope and fostering hope is one of the most powerful positive impacts a teacher can make. Mrs. McGeorge’s teaching peers noted in nomination forms that “she encourages by letting students know she sees special traits such as leadership, athletic ability, kindness, and perseverance” and that Mrs. McGeorge is the first to volunteer to take on new challenges and projects.
In addition to teaching and coordinating special education programs, Mrs. McGeorge is also responsible for the Learning Assistance Program in grades 5-8 and the senior class advisor this year, helping the class conduct fundraisers and plan their senior trip which she also chaperoned. Additionally, she is the school district’s assistant high school volleyball coach and the assistant high school track coach.