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Park Magnet Teacher of the Year: Amy Ratcliff

Park Magnet Teacher of the Year: Amy Ratcliff
Posted on 05/08/2019
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Each year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our schools, and a Teacher of the Year for the entire district. At each school, teachers may nominate peers for the award. Nominees then provide information about their work as an educator, and submit it to the leadership team at each school. A Teacher of the Year is then selected by the school leadership team at each school from all nominees. Each Teacher of the Year (7 total) is then considered for the HSSD Teacher of the Year by an outside committee of community members. The HSSD Teacher of the Year will be announced on May 24.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, we are proud to celebrate each Teacher of the Year at all 7 of our HSSD schools with unique stories about their background and their contribution to our world class students.

Learn more about Park Magnet Teacher of the Year Amy Ratcliffe:


What year, and where did you start teaching?

2007


How many years have you taught at the HSSD?

10


Why do you love your job?

I love seeing my students grow over the year I have them in class and then all the years that I do not have them in class.  It is amazing to see all that they accomplish during their time at Hot Springs.



What makes you most proud of the HSSD, and why?

The International Baccalaureate Programme … My son, Jack, is graduating as a DP Candidate this May and my son, Charlie, is currently a 1st grader at Park Magnet Elementary. They have had wonderful teachers and mentors that have been an inspiration to them and to me. Park Principal Dr. Sarah Oatsvall,and PYP Coordinator Kristal Brandon, and their work with the IB Programme, are also reasons to proud of  HSSD.


What is the one thing that you hope MOST to teach your students?

I hope that all my students will always be curious, be kind, be themselves, and be the best they can be!


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