Albemarle Teacher Wins VA Lottery Super Teacher Award
The Virginia Lottery presents the Super Teacher Award to eight Virginia teachers each year, one for each region.
The nomination letter, written by a parent, says "I am constantly astounded by her creativity, organization, passion, commitment. Ms. Straume is constantly coming up with creative, new ways to learn the current topic via music, drama, a webcast, an art project. She is living breathing proof that teachers do NOT have to 'teach to a test,' that it's possible to learn 'requirements' in fun, dynamic ways."
"I know if I'm going to be a little bit bored, they're definitely going to be bored with the lesson. So I try and find ways that will get them collaborating and talking and really trying to dig in deep into learning for learning's sake and to become lifelong learners,” Straume said.:
Straume's class has participated in the Virginia Film Festival, had a 'Willy Wonka' day, Greek and Roman events, and much more.
The award is compromised of a $2,000 in cash and a $2,000 credit to The Supply Room Companies. Straume says the prize money will definitely be spent on things for her classroom.