Milford High School teacher Mrs. Veronica Evans has been named the 2018 Milford School District’s Teacher of the Year. A teacher in the Milford School District for 18 years, Evans is “excited and overwhelmed” by the honor and looks forward to representing the district and becoming an advocate for fellow educators.
Raised in Lewes, DE, she attended Cape Henlopen Schools. She earned a Bachelors of Art in History Education and a Masters of Arts in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware. Evans earned national certification twice. Beginning her career in education, she taught at Glasgow High School from 1996 until 2000 and since has been with Milford Senior High. She has lived in Milford since 2004 with her husband Ed Evans, who also teaches and coaches soccer at the high school. They have two children who both attend Milford Schools. William is 12 and in 6th grade at Milford Central Academy and Olivia is 9 and attends Banneker Elementary.
Growing up, Evans always loved school and says that it was a place throughout her life where she always felt safe and secure. “I had a wonderful home life and great parents, but my father was terminally ill ever since I was three and my mom had a lot to handle on her own,” said Evans. From a young age she had a passion for social studies and she believes that social studies helped her “make sense of the world around me and gave me the fundamentals to be a good citizen and responsible member of the community.”
For Evans, the most rewarding part of the professions is “watching academic growth in students as well as maturity. Seeing students make connections to material and their light bulb moments.” The challenges she sees is “meeting the variety of different needs of students that exists within one classroom and keeping lessons and activities applicable to a rapidly changing world.” She believes there is a balance between bringing new technology into the classroom and preparing students through tradition teaching methods and strategies.
In addition to the academic curriculum, Evans hopes that students learn responsibility, work ethic and face to face communication skills while in public school.“we are never finished products and we should be on a constant path of reflection and learn from our mistakes,” she said.
Evans will now compete at the state level, against her peers from across state of Delaware public schools, where the winner of that competition will face distinguished teachers from the region and around the nation.
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