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Years of dedication to students have paid off for Sherry Beauchamp, a fourth grade teacher at Chiefland Elementary School.
Beauchamp was was honored by school and district officials on Feb. 5 as she was selected as the Levy County Teacher of the Year.
She was surprised in Principal Patrice McCully’s office by Levy County Superintendent Robert Hastings, School Board Member Paige Brookins of Chiefland, and selection committee members.
Beauchamp edged out the other finalists, Alexis Gordon of Joyce Bullock Elementary School in Williston and Suann Dupont of Chiefland High School.
The selection committee was looking for more than just a strong presence in the classroom, committee member Anna Armbrister of Williston Elementary School said.
“The teaching was wonderful with all three teachers, but ... she went beyond being a teacher in her classroom,” Armbrister said. “She helped out her campus community. And she also helped in the community here. That’s what we were looking for.”
Hastings said that the school district was proud of her, and that she will represent Levy County for the state Teacher of the Year award.
Beuchamp credited McCully for providing both the morale and environment that allow her to excel.
“She makes you want to be above and beyond. She’s just one of those people that encourages you, so you want to go that extra mile.”
Both Hastings and McCully said that Beauchamp comes up with creative teaching methods and has respect for students.
“She is invested in teaching the children,”McCully said. “She will find every way possible to make sure the children understand a concept. She’s not satisfied with having one approach.”