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5 questions: Nottingham Elementary School names teacher of the year

Nottingham Elementary School first-grade teacher Becky Topil teaches reading to students Mason Hart and Kaleb McManus. Topil was named teacher of the year at NES.

Nottingham Elementary School first-grade teacher Becky Topil teaches reading to students Mason Hart and Kaleb McManus. Topil was named teacher of the year at NES.

March 5, 2009

Nottingham Elementary School first-grade teacher Becky Topil was named NES teacher of the year.

She has been teaching in Eudora for two years, and for 29 years overall.

Q: What was your response to winning the award?

A: Well, I cried. I knew I had been nominated but I’m busy so it was a total surprise to me. I still get emotional when I think about it because I work with so many great people and I would expect this to happen to anybody I work with. I’m very humbled.

Q: What made you want to start teaching?

A: I have always wanted to be a teacher. I remember when I was little and I was playing with my cousins and friends and we would play school, and I would always play teacher.

Q: What are some of your favorite parts of teaching?

A: I love to see the change in kids from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and to watch how they grow.

Especially with first grade, there is such a change from the beginning to the end and I just love it.

Q: How important is it to create engaging lessons?

A: It’s very important. I’m always looking for new materials, new ways, new methods — I love creating new units.

Q: Are you still learning?

A: Always. There’s always something. I guess that’s what I love about my job is that every year is a new year. You start fresh and there’s always new things out there.

I also love to have student teachers because they bring in so many fun ideas, new ideas. And I just love to be able to be a mentor for them. I always volunteer to have a student teacher because it’s a good experience for me and for them.

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