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Teacher hopes to make learning a life-long journey

Following is the second installment in The Union’s series highlighting candidates for Nevada County’s teacher of the year.

Carol Ransom, second-grade teacher, Hennessy Elementary

Applicant for 2005 Nevada County Teacher of the Year

She has been a teacher for 32 years, the past 22 at the Grass Valley School District.

Below are excerpts from her application:

“It’s 8:30 and students begin to arrive in Room 15. The first students are taking the chairs down, the computers are being turned on and morning check-in occurs. This is the time I’m greeting students and observing how they are entering the room. How are they feeling today? What has happened in their lives since the day before and what extra care does someone need today?

“Community building helps develop the trust and the care we take for each other and is necessary before learning occurs and risks are taken.

“Small accomplishments and growth are seen; risks are taken and smiles appear saying, ‘I got it!’ Students praise each other and sometimes a classroom round of applause occurs. Students recognize each other for their accomplishment. Students who might be struggling with a concept or perhaps need a bit more practice on a concept are noticed. Individual help will be given on a specific concept with the teacher or an aide, parent helper or senior volunteer who has come in for the morning.

“Most importantly, I hope to instill the importance of being a lifelong learner to my students. Students’ curiosity and enjoyment of finding out something new is just the beginning. Like many teachers, I continue to learn new teaching strategies, follow new research, and stay current on topics related to education. I hope the students in my class find learning a journey that will take them through life just the same as I do today.”

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