Jessica VanMeter recognized as Poppy’s Teacher of the Month

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:51 AM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -2020 changed how our teachers educate their students, from the typical in-person classroom environment to learning online.

A teacher at South Edmonson Elementary school in Brownsville is making an impact on her students even if she can’t see them in person.

Jessica VanMeter is being recognized as Poppy’s Teacher of the Month presented by Flora Templeton Stuart, for her hard work and dedication to her students in and out of the classroom.

“It’s always been my dream to be a teacher. I had always played like I was a teacher when I was a little girl, and I always wanted to help people to learn new things,” said VanMeter.

VanMeter has been teaching in Edmonson County for 12 years and has had several roles from working as a gifted and talented coordinator to now being back at South Edmonson Elementary where her career started.

“So I asked to go back to the classroom and went back to teaching fifth-grade and I did that for another couple of years. Then just four years ago I asked to come back to South Edmonson and I’ve been teaching second grade since then. That’s when my daughter started going to start school, my oldest daughter, and actually she’s in second grade this year in my classroom,” added VanMeter.

VanMeter being able to be her daughter’s teacher this year, added the experience is special and something she had always looked forward to.

“When I first started teaching, I didn’t have any children of my own. I always said you know, hopefully, one day, if I had children of my own, I hoped that I could, have my own daughter or son in my class. Now that I’m actually getting that opportunity. With the COVID situation, it’s making it a kind of a different experience, but we’re making the best of it, " said VanMeter.

Covid-19 has presented several challenges for teachers, however, Mrs. VanMeter is still finding ways to connect with her students.

“It has been difficult, especially, teaching second grade, we’re talking, seven and eight years old. It is hard to sometimes keep their attention. I’ve heard from parents, that it’s hard to keep them focused for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. So, we’ve tried to find activities, my team and I that, that they can work on that, that are engaging, and that can hold their attention and keep their focus,” added VanMeter

To nominate a teacher, click here.

Each Teacher of the Month will receive a check for $300 to be used for classroom materials.

One Teacher of the Month’s school will be chosen to receive the grand prize of a check for $2,000

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