When things get hard, we work harder.
That's a lesson Bobbi Reamer, teacher at Pine Trail Elementary School, frequently speaks with her class about. As she currently teaches a gifted unit of kindergarten and first graders, the challenge could come in the form of a word problem, a team project, or sometimes a hard-to-pronounce word.
"Sometimes working harder isn’t just about putting in more effort, it’s about thinking of things a different way and looking at it from a different perspective," Reamer said. "With the growth mindset, 'yet' is a powerful word. Just adding those three letters to the end of a phrase such as, 'I don’t get this… yet' empowers learners to take charge of their learning and know that with persistence and perseverance, that 'yet' will come before you know it."
Reamer is this year's Pine Trail's Teacher of the Year, a nomination she said humbles her, as she is surrounded by wonderful teachers. She's currently in her 16th year of teaching.
Her favorite thing about her career is seeing the "aha moment" when a student understands a concept or skill they had been struggling with. Their faces light up with pride and enthusiasm, Reamer said.
She's always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, she used to love to read and pretend to play "school" with her siblings.
Reamer said she was honored to even be considered as her school's teacher of the Year, and will always remember the excitement in the room when the announcement was made.
"My students were so proud and happy," she said. "All the students at our school, even those not in my class, still wave and say 'congratulations' even now after many weeks have passed. It is so sweet, and their kindness and smiles will be something I always will remember."