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Congratulations, Ms. Mode and Ms. Hargett!
Antioch Elementary is proud to announce that our Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 is Ms. Lynn Mode, Kindergarten Teacher Extraordinaire! Ms. Nikki Hargett, an EC Instructional Assistant, is Antioch's Assistant Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to these two talented educators!
Ms. Lynn Mode has been teaching for 30 years, with 29 of those in Kindergarten. She taught for one year in first grade...and then she went right back to teaching Kindergarten, her favorite grade! She joined Antioch’s staff in 2004, the year the school opened. Ms. Mode serves as Grade Level Chair, Global Committee Chair, and is a past member of the Site-based Management Team.
Ms. Mode says that according to her mom, she “was born a teacher. For as long as I can remember I have taught...everyone from the neighborhood kids, my sisters, stuffed animals and then I transitioned into children in classrooms.” Ms. Mode states that being creative is a huge part of the job: “We must be able to reach 25 children on their level with their strengths and needs....in a very small amount of time.”
In her own words, five adjectives that describe her are: “My daughter would say bossy! [Also] Creative, stubborn, patience, evolving.” She LOVES to teach so many subjects... but learning about other cultures and understanding people in the world is at the top! Ms. Mode says, “I love when the kids make those connections with other people. I love to do projects where the kids are helping others and making their mark on the world. I wish we could do more of that. I love reading really good books and encouraging the kids to talk about the books on a deeper level. Those thoughts are in their little brains...it's up to us to teach them how to talk about it.” She says the greatest success is when she hears her students say "This has been the best day ever!" and that if her kids walk away loving school she has been successful.
According to Mrs. Mode, her “ultimate goal for her Kindergarten students is to be kind people and think of others first, to give their very best effort in everything they do. And to LOVE learning....cuz it never ends!” Congratulations, Mrs. Mode! We love you and appreciate all you do for our Kinder-Gators!
Antioch Elementary would also like to introduce our 2014-2015 Teacher Assistant of the Year: Mrs. Nikki Hargett. Mrs. Hargett has been an assistant at Antioch for the last eight years, spending the last four in the Exceptional Children Program. When asked why she chose to become a teacher assistant she responded “to simply make a difference, my success comes in watching my students do the smallest things like speak, count or take their first step.”
Mrs. Hargett’s personal strength comes in finding inspiration from her students each day, watching them face challenges head on and continue to live life to fullest. “They are my strength and they teach me as much as I teach them.”
Mrs. Hargett is truly an integral part of the Antioch family and we would like to congratulate her as a staff on this great accomplishment. In her own words, Mrs. Hargett would like to impart this small piece of advice to everyone she meets: “Keep going and smiling with every obstacle that comes because you are my light and inspiration. You all make me smile every day.” Thank you Mrs. Hargett for all the wonderful things you do every day!
Written by: Kimberly Kovach and Cassie Sloop
Posted: Nov 06, 2014 by Kimberly Kovach