Broken Arrow School's teacher of the year, very special

Friday, February 8th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

She may be a teacher, but Beth Gilbert is getting some pretty high marks herself. Broken Arrow Schools awarded the seventh grade teacher the district's teacher of the year this past week, and high fives from her students were just part of her reward.

Gilbert teaches transitional classes to at-risk students at Sequoyah Middle School. She says her job is to encourage her students to approach everyday learning with a focus on their purpose in life. "What other profession could you come to work everyday and had the responsibility of these minds and have the responsibility of these emerging people and have the opportunity to show them their potential, to give them purpose in life, and to give them hope for the future. I can not imagine doing anything else."

Sequoyah knows the business of teaching well. An English teacher there won the district award last year, too.