COLUMN: Teacher of the year: Why me?

Each year Chesterfield County teachers select a “Teacher of the Year” at their school. 

It is a great accomplishment. It shows your peers consider you to be a teacher who has exemplified all, or most of, the characteristics of an exceptional teacher.

When I was selected Teacher of the Year at Ruby Elementary in 2002, I wondered, “Why me?”

I had so many mixed emotions when I got the news – humbleness, apprehension and doubt. I even tried to force myself to feel a little happiness.