Sikeston 5th/6th Grade Center
Gifted Program (Eagles)
COMMENTS FROM THE NOMINATION FORMS:
"Her method of teaching is so different from most teachers. Her thought process is very in line with the students and with her, no answer is really wrong, but she will make the student think through the problem."
"Mrs. Priday is just amazing with her Eagles students. She is so passionate about the work she does. Her mentoring goes beyond the students, she stays in close contact with parents to provide resources for raising gifted children. Her commitment and passion is truly remarkable. My daughter honestly cannot wait to get to her classroom each week."
"Mrs. Priday has the biggest heart of any teacher I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Many, if not all parents with children under her instruction believe that she always has the best interests of our children first and foremost. She gives selflessly 110% of the time."
"She is able to balance the need to challenge her students with the need to support them as individuals. She pushes them to go beyond the normal expectations for learning."
"Her students become her children while in her class and she continues to keep in touch with them and their families long after they leave."
"She teaches gifted children and not only gives them an environment to grow and blossom, but also provides them with an adult friend that understands the challenges they face being gifted."
"If all teachers were like Mrs. Priday our children would be so advanced in their education because she captures their attention and they want to learn and please her. You have to meet this special person to see it for yourself."
"I can never thank her enough for what she has provided my daughter in her education and her outlook on life. I am blessed that this woman is a part of my child's life. Every parent should be as lucky. She is a wonderful teacher and person."
"I believe Mrs. Priday deserves to be given the honor of the Heartland's Best teacher. When most people hear gifted, they automatically assume that these students are the easy ones to teach because they are smart. However, being a mother of four gifted children, I see how being gifted can in many ways be as difficult as having a learning disability. Many times, gifted children lack social skills or just become apathetic because they are bored. Mrs. Priday takes a special interest in each child that she teaches, as well as taking a special interest in the families of the gifted child. Her job encompasses much more that class work. She educates us as parents on how to accommodate and live with a gifted child. Even though Mrs. Priday only teaches my youngest two children now, I still go back to her with concerns about my older two. She is always willing to help us work through any issues and provide literature that relates to the issue at hand. Mrs. Priday is a hands-on teacher. She helps the children learn through activities, projects, classroom presentations, and computer projects. She lets the children work at their own pace which allows many of them to work at a much higher grade level than they are in. She works to develop skills that they might be deficient in, never allowing them to believe that they can't do anything. Mrs. Priday uses field trips to educate them on a vast variety of things - constantly teaching them about the world around them and how they can impact it. But, most importantly, Mrs. Priday makes each student feel valued. She is invested in each of them and loves them as her own children. She has high expectations of them, which, I believe, will make them much more successful as they move on into the adult world. Mrs. Priday isn't just an 8 a.m.-4 p.m. educator. She is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week one. She deserves to be the Heartland's Best!"