Apr 9, 2013 11:48 PM by Bart Bedsole - firstname.lastname@example.org
FULTON - Tuesday in Fulton, none of the students, nor most of the teachers, and especially not Mrs. Martha McLeod knew why they had gathered for a special assembly.
But when the head of the National Teachers Hall of Fame took the podium, and when a few familiar faces showed up, Mrs. McLeod began to figure out that something was up.
But that hardly spoiled the moment for the longtime elementary level educator in Aransas County ISD.
Every year, just 5 teachers in the country are inducted to the hall of fame.
McLeod is only the third ever in Texas.
Her class is filled with an assortment of fossils, bones, live plants and animals, and more.
"She has the gardens, and she has other animals, and it's really exciting when we get to see the eggs hatch out of the incubator," says 5th grader Hannah Saegert.
Her sister Abby adds, "She motivates us to do our best in everything, and she is always really helpful when we need help."
"So many of them don't come to my classroom with background experiences," explains McLeod, "so I try to create a classroom where they have this abundance of things that I saw as a kid. I want them to see the things I saw growing up. So I work really hard to give them lots of background experiences."
Lindy Whetzel, Chair of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, said, "Mrs. McLeod represents what is great in the American education today."
Ironically, students of the honoree weren't that surprised today to learn their teacher was getting the award.
"I kind of knew it was going to be her," said Jae Clark, "because she is a really awesome teacher."
Mrs. McLeod says she teachers her kids as if her own daughter, now an adult, was back in that class.
This week, that personal touch was rewarded.
"What an honor to be rewarded for a profession, something you love and look forward to everyday, getting up and going to work, and be rewarded for that, how awesome is that?" she said.
To be considered for the National Teachers Hall of Fame, a teacher must have at least 20 years of experience in any grade level, Pre-K through 12.
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