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Tongue River Elementary's Laurel Main named SCSD#1 Teacher of the Year

Tongue River Elementary's Laurel Main named SCSD#1 Teacher of the Year

(Ranchester, Wyo.) — Tongue River Elementary School behavioral specialist Laurel Main has been named Sheridan County School District #1 Teacher of the Year, according to superintendent Marty Kobza. Main, who has been with the district for eight years in a variety of capacities from special education teacher to classroom teacher, was selected as Teacher of the Year by a panel of her peers, including past winners and administrators. Kobza has also recommended Main for the prestigious Wyoming Teacher of the Year Award. Main will be honored at the district’s annual teacher awards banquet on Monday, May 16. “Laurel excels in one of the most challenging roles in education,” said Kobza. “She helps students who need the most attention realize their potential and fit into classrooms while also helping them discover their strengths. Laurel also shares her methods across the district to help all of our staff improve and find the best ways to connect with every student.” During her eight-year career at District #1, Main has served as behavioral specialist and special education teacher at Tongue River High School, taught fourth grade as a classroom teacher and served as the special education teacher for K-5 at TRE. Main’s Teacher of the Year recognition is a testimony to her work following a position transfer from Tongue River High School to TRE last fall. Main guides special needs TRE students into the classroom environment and helps all teachers find ways to effectively address student needs. “Laurel is extremely knowledgeable in special education and as a behavioral specialist, and what makes her so great is how flexible she is in her talents,” said TRE principal Deb Hofmeier. “She has served in so many positions in our district, and she has done so graciously, improving every program she’s moved into. All of her students feel safe, loved and challenged to learn.” “I enjoy helping students grow academically, socially and behaviorally,” said Main. “It’s important to help educators and parents accept the gifts each child possesses, while teaching them to work effectively with students in the classroom and at home. I love watching mutual caring and respect grow between the parents, teachers and the children we work with every day.” Main earned her masters in educational leadership and her BA in K-8 elementary education from Rocky Mountain College. She earned her K-12 special education endorsement from Black Hills State University. Main spends her summers working as head cook at the Kerns Double Rafter Cattle Ranch, which provides a summer outdoor experience for the Wounded Warrior Project. She also volunteers her time coaching YMCA soccer, as a referee at middle and high school volleyball games and has coached the TRE Drama Club for the last four years. She joins Sara Heywood, Pat Mischke, Leigh Zimmer, Tim Maze and Laurie Graves as a Sheridan County School District #1 Teacher of the Year. #dally #news