Willard Elementary School is pleased to announce it’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kathy Wallace. Mrs. Wallace has served the students of the Randolph Central School Corporation for the past 24 years. With 38 years of total experience and hundreds of students through her classrooms each year, it is safe to say that Kathy has touched thousands of lives during her time in education. She is more than deserving of this honor.
Mrs. Wallace was nominated by several of her fellow teachers for this award. Their nominations included the following words:
“Kathy Wallace has put many years of hard work into the students of Randolph Central School Corporation. She goes above and beyond because she cares about the kids and her community. I can think of no one else who deserves this honor more than her.”
“Kathy is an incredible light to this school. I have known her in many capacities. From Dinner Theater, Musicals, being a peer to her oldest son, and now her co-worker, I have witnessed Kathy in many different arenas. She is so humble, and would be embarrassed to know I have even nominated her. When I think about someone who is truly all in for students, she stands out. She has given countless years, hours, blood, sweat, and tears for our elementary schools. I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Mrs. Kathy Wallace.”
“Kathy comes to work everyday to give the students her best, and they respect her for this. She teaches them so many life lessons with in the art of Music.”
“Kathy is always willing to help any of her co-workers. She is caring, and genuinely wants the best for all.”
Kathy possesses so many qualities that make her worthy of this award. Kathy is a selfless servant, putting the needs of others before her own. She is a diligent worker, spending hours preparing and planning lessons for hundreds of students in three elementary buildings. She is a cheerleader for her colleagues, working to build morale and better those around her.
Kathy has worked hard to establish a first-class choir program here at Willard. Kathy can be found on Fridays after school with a hoard of 100+ students gathered around her piano as she sings, cracks jokes, and fosters a love of music in the hearts of her students. She is willing to go the extra mile to give kids opportunities to shine, such as her scheduled trip to perform the National Anthem before a Cincinnati Reds baseball game this year.
Above all else, Kathy has a gift for helping students believe in themselves. While many students find their niche in athletics, academics, or other worthwhile activities, Kathy has a unique eye for finding students in need of a place to belong and plugging them in. She takes these students under her wing, pours into them with love and devotion, and allows them to soar to places many would never expect. This is what great educators do. This is Kathy Wallace.
Kathy Wallace…today we say thank you for a job well done. Although no plaque or Facebook post is nearly enough, we hope this honor brings you a sense of joy, accomplishment, and peace knowing that your hard work is noticed and that you have made a difference. For that, we thank you.
Please join us in recognizing Willard’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Kathy Wallace!