Pataskala Elementary School third-grade teacher Tracey Hare said she is humbled to receive one of this year's Licking County Foundation Leaders for Learning Awards, but teaching really is a team effort.
"It's definitely not just one person," she said.
Each year, the foundation recognizes Licking County teachers for inspiring their students and advancing the profession.
Hare was the award winner from the Southwest Licking school district.
According to a foundation press release, Hare was selected to receive the award based upon her knowledge and dedication to the profession of teaching.
According to the release, Hare's preparation for her lessons and classroom time and her influence and support for her colleagues set her apart.
Hare was surprised with the award in her classroom Monday, April 7.
She surmised that she won the award because she serves as a lead teacher, or a liaison between her fellow teachers and the administration. She said several other colleagues also serve in lead roles.
With such new practices as the state's Third-Grade Reading Guarantee, in which third-graders must reach prescribed levels of reading proficiency before advancing to the fourth grade, it's more important than ever that teachers receive continuing training and interact clearly with administration, Hare said.
Hare said there is an occasional two-hour delay (not weather related) at the beginning of some school days so she and other teachers can stay up to date on curriculum and what's expected of them.
"It's a blessing to have a time which third-grade teachers can use for professional development," she said.