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Anna Shults is Literacy Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education.
role involves designing and implementing statewide literacy initiatives for Indiana's elementary population.
was named the Indiana Teacher of the Year in 2007, an honor she
earned as a 12-year third grade teacher at Fall Creek Elementary
in Hamilton Southeastern Schools
When Anna Shults was just a ...
When Anna Shults was just a child, she dreamed of someday being a teacher , presiding over a classroom, instilling in others the same love of education she possessed.Still, in all her years playing "teacher" in her basement she never dreamed that she would be named the 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year.Yet that is exactly what happened this fall in a surprise ceremony at Fall Creek Elementary School in Fishers, Ind.Suellen Reed, state superintendent of public instruction, joined Hamilton Southeastern Schools Superintendent Concetta Raimondi and Fall Creek Elementary Principal Jerril J. Staley in the special convocation to honor Shults, a third-grade teacher and 10-year veteran of the school.
As the 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year, Shults
will receive $1,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau
and scholarship opportunities from Ball State University, Indiana State University, and Indiana University
.In addition, she will have the option to become a Teacher in Residence for one year with the Indiana Department of Education.Shults
will also represent Indiana at the national competition in Washington, D.C., next spring.
Each of the 10 finalists receives $100 and will also receive SMART Ideas software from the SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada. In addition
and Roberts, the other 2007 finalists are Sharon Amrhein, Grade 1, Frazee Elementary; Matthew Derby, Grades 9-12 (physics), New Haven High School; Tina M. Greene, Grades K , 5, Central Elementary School; Heather Hart, Grades 9-12 (mathematics), Center Grove High School; Gail R. Messmore, Grade 2, Wilson Elementary School; Dixie Robinson, Grades 9-12 (English), FIND Center
Alternative School Program; Marla Sellers, Grade 2, Franklin Elementary School; Shelly L. Sparrow, Grade 3, Fred J. Hums Elementary School
Fishers woman is Teacher of the Year | IndyStar.com
Anna Shults, a third-grade teacher at Fall Creek Elementary in Fishers, was named 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year this morning.
In a letter of recommendation, Fall Creek Elementary
Principal Jerril J. Staley said Shults
has an "unbridled enthusiasm for teaching."
An Indiana Department of Education committee comprised of department personnel and external community and education leaders - including former teachers of the year - selected Shults after interviewing 10 finalists on Sept. 5.Shults
was chosen from an initial pool of 47 public and nonpublic educators nominated by local superintendents.
As the winner, Shults
will receive $1,000 from the Indiana Farm Bureau
and scholarship opportunities from Ball State University, Indiana State University and Indiana University
.In addition, she will have the option to become a Teacher in Residence for one year with the Indiana Department of Education.She
will also represent Indiana at the national competition in Washington, D.C. next spring.
A 'way cool' teacher | IndyStar.com
FISHERS, Ind. -- Taking a test while lying on the floor is nothing unusual for students in Anna Shults' third-grade class at Fall Creek Elementary School.Fall Creek Elementary School third-grade teacher Anna Shults is congratulated by Principal Jerry Staley after being named Indiana's Teacher of the Year.
, 31, is now the state's nominee for national recognition. - MATT DETRICH / The Star
...Three tips from Anna Shults, Indiana's 2007 Teacher of the Year, on teaching children:
is now Indiana's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year honor, to be presented in the spring in Washington.Shults
was chosen from 47 educators from public and private schools across Indiana.The award was presented during a surprise assembly in the school gym.Shults
went to the gymnasium with other teachers and students, thinking she'd hear a seminar by an education expert.But the program quickly turned into big cheers for Shults
as Suellen Reed, state superintendent of public instruction, presented $1,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau
and scholarship offers from Ball State, Indiana
and Indiana State universities."For this teacher, teaching is not just a career or a job -- it's a passion," Reed said."At the end of the school year, she
students write a letter to the students who will be in her
class next year.Some of the letters said she
is 'way cool.' They said she
is flexible, caring, energetic, accepting of all students.Some said she
was 'goofy,' " Reed said, then chuckled.Shults joined Fall Creek Elementary as a student teacher in 1996 and has been there ever since.
The Chicago native said she
likes to be creative so children will make the most of their lessons and want more knowledge."Every student learns in his
own little way, and it's my job to tap into that," she
said."I try to make each activity meaningful."Shults
cannot recall a dull moment as a teacher."Every day is different.I feed off the enthusiasm and excitement of kids and just the ability to do what I love," she
said."It's an everyday passion that is extremely rewarding."Shults' husband, Brian, teaches science at Fishers High School
in the Hamilton Southeastern district.While he
likes teaching teens, she
prefers instructing third-graders."Their minds are like little sponges," she
Anna Shults, a third-grade teacher at Fall Creek Elementary School in Fishers, was named the 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year.She received $1,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau and scholarship opportunities from Ball State University, Indiana State University and Indiana University, as well as the option to become a Teacher in Residence for a year with the Indiana Department of Education.