“Theresa’s relationships with the students, connection to families, and commitment to excellence are what set her apart.”

Theresa Ackman, 5th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher, Plain Local Schools

The following story was shared by Plain Local Schools in selecting Theresa Ackman as a 2017 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator. 

Theresa is a teacher who impacts the lives of her students in so many ways. As a lead science teacher in our district, Theresa engages her students through an inquiry-based, hands-on science approach. Her recent value-added data shows she is in the most effective category, as do her accomplished teacher evaluations. These are not the entire story, however, that speak to her talents. 

Theresa’s relationships with the students, connection to families, and commitment to excellence are what set her apart. Her collaborative approach to teaching and learning allows our science teams to reach new levels of excellence through integration of technology, STEM concepts, and scientific exploration. Theresa is a mom, and this shows in the love and care she brings to each of her students.