Going beyond the call of duty
by CHRIS NORWOOD
Feb 19, 2012 | 3536 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roxanne Lamberth, a fourth grade teacher at R.L. Young Elementary School, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Talladega City School System.
Roxanne Lamberth, a fourth grade teacher at R.L. Young Elementary School, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Talladega City School System.
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TALLADEGA — R.L. Young teacher Roxanne Lamberth is Teacher of the Year for the Talladega City Board of Education. She is now competing for the regional honor.

According to her nomination by Young’s principal Pattie Thomas, Lamberth has been teaching in the Talladega City System for 14 years, and has worked with children in kindergarten, second and fourth grades as well as the Continuous Learning Center. “No matter what role Mrs. Lamberth has been given, Talladega City Schools (are) most fortunate to have an educator of her caliber and expertise,” Thomas wrote.

Superintendent Douglas Campbell explained each school system in the state nominates an elementary and secondary school teacher to be honored each year. First a nominee is named for each school by a committee consisting of the principal, a parent organization representative, teacher, student representative and a school counselor or librarian.

The school nominations are then reviewed by a system committee made up of the superintendent, a school board member, parent organization representative and elementary and secondary teachers.

“We are looking for teachers that go over and beyond the call of duty and ones who take a personal interest in each child by taking them to their full potential with differentiated instruction so each child will feel success,” Campbell said.

Thomas added, “One of the most impressive qualities of Mrs. Lamberth is her willingness and flexibility to change and adapt to new grade levels.” Often it is difficult for schools when a reduction in the teaching force is experienced and the unit is not replaced, Thomas said.

“Mrs. Lamberth was instrumental in helping place strong teachers in grade levels vacated by retiring/transferring teachers at our school. She agreed to move grade levels for the last two years and change classrooms over the last two summers. Mrs. Lamberth was eager to familiarize herself with new curriculum in the areas of math and science. She worked all summer to prepare for her new role as a fourth grade teacher. Her attitude and willingness to put the time, effort, and learning into this new position was appreciated and exhibited the strong sense of professionalism she continues to show. R. L. Young proudly boasts a collective 400 years of teaching experience among the faculty. We also have two National Board Certified Teachers in our school. With the expertise and knowledge of all of the teachers at R. L. Young, it is truly an honor for Mrs. Lamberth to be selected by her peers.”

Lamberth “is respected throughout the district and at our school, especially because of her interest and expertise in the use of technology in the classroom,” according to a press release from the school system.

“She was one of the first in our school to obtain an Interwrite board. She discovered new and exciting ways to teach kindergarteners through the use of technology. These young children were attentive and amazed throughout the year by all that their teacher could do with her ‘magic’ board. Mrs. Lamberth’s belief that children can be taught to do anything at any age is impressive and motivating to her colleagues,” Thomas said.

She also “takes an active role in our annual district Technology Fair. She featured her kindergarten students actively engaged at the fair. The students had been empowered by their teacher and knew what to do because it had been modeled during the year. Mrs. Lamberth has written and received many grants from the Talladega City School Foundation to improve and enrich her classroom teaching. She also has sought funds from legislators when the school or her students had a specific need. (Her) students have many reasons to be excited about coming to school. Her well organized classroom has an open feel and is always a buzz of activity throughout the day. She is well equipped to handle any discipline problems that arise and often guides them using conflict resolution techniques. Students are so busy learning and having fun that there are very few children off task or getting into trouble. Mrs. Lamberth helps children to grow and mature through lots of love, individual attention, and firm, but kind discipline. She works seamlessly with her co-teacher as they share their insights and concerns about the 34 students they teach on a daily basis,” the release said.

Lambert is also described as “a team player (who) serves on various school committees, (including) the American Education Week Committee, Read Across America Committee, Gifted Committee, and District Technology Fair Committee.

“I can ask Mrs. Lamberth to assist with any task at the school and she would be willing. She is very committed to the success of our school. The parents of Mrs. Lamberth’s students have many opportunities to be involved in their children’s education. She meets with parents starting before school begins to make that initial contact a positive one. She holds conferences throughout the year to share concerns, offer suggestions, makes calls, and gives lots of feedback and praise. She and her co-teacher collaborated to create a classroom blog to keep parents informed. She posts regularly information and articles of interests for parents and students to help build a bridge from school to home. She is well respected as a teacher at the school and in the community,” Thomas said

The next step will be for Lamberth to compete in the southeastern regional competition. She will also be inducted into the Jacksonville State University Educators Hall of Fame.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com