Warfield Elementary Educator Named Florida Literacy Association's Reading Teacher of the Year
The Florida Literacy Association (FLA) has named Warfield Elementary School teacher Teri Koehler its 2019 Teacher of the Year. The award is presented annually to a K-12 educator who has made significant contributions in the fields of reading and literacy.
A graduate of the University of North Florida, Ms. Koehler has served as a dedicated Martin County educator for more than 10 years. She currently teaches second grade at Warfield Elementary, where many of her students are bilingual and have only been in the United States for a short time. Ms. Koehler's encouraging and compassionate personality is well-known and appreciated throughout the school and surrounding Indiantown community. Her classroom is a place where students feel accepted, cared for and empowered to continue building their skills and pursuing their dreams.
Prepared each day with her personal goal of encouraging students to believe in themselves, Ms. Koehler's students traditionally become more confident in their abilities, developing a strong work ethic and growing to believe they can do anything they set their minds to. During the 2018-2019 school year, her class experienced an average learning gain of 56 points on the iReady diagnostic and average growth of six levels on the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Growth Assessment. This type of student achievement is remarkable in and of itself, but is more impressive when you consider the fact that 66% of her students had lived in the United States for less than one year at the time the assessment was given.
"Teachers like Ms. Koehler exemplify our school district's mission and what it means to educate all students for success," Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. "We believe that with caring adults and the correct support systems in place, all students are capable of learning and achieving their highest personal potential. I am so proud of Ms. Koehler, the work she is doing in her classroom and the relationships she has built with countless students over the years. Her hard work has truly paid off, and we are proud to have the FLA Reading Teacher of the Year serving children right here in Martin County!"