Originally created 11/06/01

Teacher strives for creativity

This story is the second in a series profiling the five finalists for Richmond County Teacher of the Year.

It was Laura Evans' third-grade teacher who made learning fun for her.

"She was fun and creative - that's what I remember," the McBean Elementary School teacher said.

And that's what Mrs. Evans hopes her pupils remember about her.

"I want to make learning fun for my students," she said.

Mrs. Evans is one of five finalists who could soon be named Richmond County Teacher of the Year.

Other finalists include: Vicky Bedell, a music teacher at Southside Elementary School; Brenda Taylor, a language arts and social studies teacher at Langford Middle School; Sally Gray, a medical technology teacher at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School; and Ann Beth Rutkowski, a language arts teacher at Westside High School.

The winner will be announced at an award banquet Nov. 15 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

A graduate of the Academy of Richmond County, Mrs. Evans said she was shocked when her principal announced she was a finalist.

"They told me, along with everyone else, over the intercom during the afternoon announcements," she said. "I was blown away."

But 9-year-old Zaquel Jones was not.

"She is the best teacher in the whole universe," he said. "She makes learning fun."

Caleb May, 8, likes her innovative approaches to learning.

"In science sometimes we get to play Jeopardy and we play other cool learning games," Caleb said.

Former McBean Elementary Principal Julia Impink describes Mrs. Evans as a "strong instructional" teacher who possesses the necessary humor to reach her pupils.

"Laura is a naturally gifted teacher," Ms. Impink said. "She has a super-strong dedication to her students."

Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3552.


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