"Among many extraordinary teachers, Maggie's star shines brightly"

Maggie Warner, 4th Grade Math Teacher, Bloom-Vernon Local Schools

The following testimonial was shared by Bloom-Vernon Local Schools in selecting Maggie Warner as a 2015 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator. 

Maggie Warner’s warmth and passion for her students and their learning is evident every day in her classroom. She has high expectations for herself and her students. Having high expectations is one thing, but living up to and meeting them is another.

Maggie utilizes formative instructional practices on a daily basis in her classroom. She is constantly evaluating each and every child's understanding of math concepts and processes. She dedicates countless hours after school preparing and adjusting her lessons according to the level of understanding that her students displayed during the day. Utilizing these practices has helped Maggie see enormous achievement and growth gains by her students.

Maggie also understands that making personal connections with her students is an essential part of her job and calling. She takes time every day to connect and understand her students' struggles and celebrations. Maggie is one of the first to take food or clothing to those in need, or offer a kind word or a listening ear. Meeting needs, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and knowing how to close gaps are real strengths that Maggie possesses. She has an unspoken set of core values that clearly states education and relationships change lives. As a humble, honest, dependable, and compassionate educator, Maggie not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Her ability to grow students academically and personally is exceptional, and her ability to work with other teachers is of the same quality. She leads others without knowing she is doing so, be it children or adults.

When asked what she does differently, Maggie answers, "Nothing. I just teach the same as everyone else." But it is different in Maggie's classroom. She teaches the same way at 8:45 a.m. on Monday mornings and 3:00p.m. on Friday evenings, as she does the rest of the week. Student accountability, high expectations, and self-assessment are constants. Among many extraordinary teachers, Maggie Warner's star shines brightly.