Recently, the six schools in the Milford School District announced their nominees for Teacher of the Year. The nominees will compete for the title of District Teacher of the Year which will be announced in May. Mispillion Elementary’s Lauren Boyle is proud to have been chosen as the nominee for the 2016-’17 school year.
A 2009 graduate of Milford High School, Boyle attended the University of Delaware and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She recently graduated from Wilmington University in January 2017 with her Master’s degree in Instruction with a focus on Teaching and Learning. She is currently in her fourth year of teaching the fourth grade at Mispillion Elementary.
Hearing the news that she was chosen as Mispillion’s Teacher of the Year, Boyle was humbled and excited to earn the honor. “I love my school and the role I play at Mispillion, which makes me proud to represent it as the Teacher of the Year,” said Boyle.
Boyle never considered a career in education until the end of her first semester of college. Though she began as a nursing major, it was an interaction from a former teacher that started her path to public education, as she decided to change her major the next day. “Though I made this decision without a second thought, it was one of the best choices I ever made,” said Boyle. “I truly could not imagine working in a different profession.”
The constant challenges and evolving environment that is prevalent in the field of education keeps Boyle excited about her career. “I continue to teach because each year, there is a new group of students and they are never the same as the previous group,” said Boyle. “Each day is challenging. There are exciting days and there are tough days. At the end of every day, nothing beats the rewarding feeling that comes with being a teacher.”
The most rewarding part of teaching for Boyle is watching her students grow over the course of the school year. “I always say that fourth grade is a big year for students as they are beginning to mature,” she said. “Some students start to understand a joke that I may throw into a lesson while others begin to develop more confidence in themselves as learners. I’m lucky enough to play a role throughout this year of their life and I work to make sure that my students are developing a sense of respect for themselves as well as those around them. As their teacher, I get the chance to positively influence them with the hopes that one day they will take what they learned in my classroom and use it in their life.”
As for challenges, Boyle points out that teachers are meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students while also fulfilling all of the other commitments that are part of the job. “The students in our classrooms have more needs now than ever before and it is our responsibility to differentiate our instruction to ensure all students are learning,” she said.
Her former students and teachers are her inspiration as they “all contributed to the teacher I am today. Some days I catch myself instructing or interacting with my students the way my teachers did when I was in school,” said Boyle. “It was a former teacher that told me I would make a great teacher. I strive to inspire my students the way my former teachers inspired me.”
Boyle wants new and future teachers, as well as the public, to know that the profession of teaching is so much more than instructing students on an academic level. “As teachers, we face challenges each and every day. We play numerous roles in our classrooms that go far beyond simply instructing our students. We must counsel them, engage them, console them, and be there for them,” said Boyle. “Though this may seem daunting and overwhelming at times, it is important to remember that we may be the best part of that student’s day. We must never forget our responsibility to educate the whole child.”
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