Shel­ton named Van Wert’s Teacher of the Year

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The stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff are cel­e­brat­ing one of their own at Van Wert El­e­men­tary in re­cent days af­ter nam­ing their Teacher of the Year for 2018.

Van Wert’s Re­becca Shel­ton won the prize. She teaches fourth grade, but also has pre­vi­ously been in kinder­garten and sec­ond grade class­rooms as well.

“She’s an awe­some as­set to our Van Wert fam­ily,” school of­fi­cials said in a re­lease last Fri­day.

Shel­ton, now in her 15th year as an ed­u­ca­tor, comes to the class­room each day pre­pared with a spe­cial­ist and mas­ter’s de­gree from Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, and bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia.

Her goal of be­com­ing an ed­u­ca­tor be­gan long be­fore that, when she watched her mom work in the class­room as well.

“I used to make my sis­ters play school with me in our laun­dry room and I would recre­ate what I had learned in school to them,” Shel­ton said in last Fri­day’s re­lease.

Shel­ton is the daugh­ter of Kitty and Sonny York, grand­daugh­ter of Ann Keller, and sib­ling to Anna Par­son and Mary Roberson.

With her nam­ing as Van Wert’s Teacher of the Year, she is now el­i­gi­ble to be named for the sys­tem-wide Teacher of the Year award for Polk School District.

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Re­becca Shel­ton was named Teacher of the Year for Van Wert El­e­men­tary School in Rock­mart. She re­ceived her award from Prin­ci­pal Tamra Walker.

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