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Jackson Township teacher named Educator of the Year

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Marilyn Adamson's second-grade class at Jackson Township Elementary take time out of their busy morning to exercise their brain waves by doing some light aerobics before starting their spelling words. Adamson will be honored during the Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley Seventh Annual Hall of Fame Banquet as the Educator of the Year-Faculty Award. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
One Clay County resident is being honored for her dedication to the children she teaches.

The Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley is recognizing Marilyn Adamson, a second-grade teacher at Jackson Township Elementary, for her years of commitment educating children, with its Educator of the Year-Faculty Award.

"I am humbled by the award," Adamson said. "No teacher teaches in isolation, it's a family here and the award isn't just for me but for all of the wonderful teachers here."

Each morning the students listen to the morning announcements, say the pledge of allegiance and the school pledge.

"We encourage the students, we motivate them," she said. "They are responsible for learning."

Adamson does her best to make class fun and interactive for the students.

"I am teaching them how to learn for a lifetime," she said. "I hope that when they are older they will look back and see the benefit they received by being involved in hands-on and interactive classes."

Students are encouraged to reach their potential by doing daily math problems, sentence evaluations and creative thinking.

Each day students look forward to something new. Whether it is daily sentences, or finding what is different today than yesterday through observation, Adamson tries to encourage development while still making sure the students are having a good time.

"I love school," student Alexis Hardesty said. "Mrs. Adamson makes it fun."

Every morning students exercise their brain waves by doing aerobics.

"It is a fun way to get the students up and moving," Adamson said. "I think there is a connection between proper nutrition and exercise that helps students to learn."

She also challenges students through critical thinking and quizzing them with periodic questions about a story. Of course there is a twist, the card reading game is a fun activity in which the entire class participates.

A student draws a card from the teacher's hand, such as boys echo girls or students echo the teacher.

"The students are able to learn while having fun while learning," she said. "They mimic other students or the teacher."

Adamson will be accepting Educator of the Year for a Faculty Member on March 5. But when she accepts this honor it will not just be for her but for everyone at the school.

"We are a family, this is my second home," she said. "We have phenomenal kindergarten and first-grade teachers, the support staff is the best and our principal is always there for support. Everyone in the school works together and if it wasn't for them then I wouldn't be here."

Banquet information

What: The Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley Seventh Annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

Where: The Ohio Building, Terre Haute

When: March 5, 2009

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Congratulations Ms. Adamson, We know first hand how deserving you are of this honor.

-- Posted by Soni on Tue, Feb 24, 2009, at 8:50 PM

Ms. Adamson was one of our all time favorite teachers! She is a great person as well as a teacher!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 7:40 AM

I had Mrs. Adamson when I was in school and I think that this award is an honor to such a wonderful teacher. I exercised every morning in her class also. She made class fun and interesting.

-- Posted by time2growup on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 10:00 AM

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