Though she doesn’t love talking about it, local second grade teacher Jeannie Childs has quite a fan club. The Big Woods Elementary teacher has received Crow River News’ 2017 Reader’s Choice Best Teacher Award for St. Michael-Albertville and Rogers. Childs is familiar with this award, having won it last year as well.
Childs has been teaching in St. Michael-Albertville since 2008. She began as a substitute teacher before being hired in 2009 to teach kindergarten. She then moved to Big Woods the following year when a second grade position opened up.
Big Woods Principal, Lee Brown, said she can count on Childs to help bring positive change to even the toughest students.
“She does an incredible job with kids from difficult situations,” Brown said. “She really builds a community in the classroom. She’s very upbeat.”
Brown noted that Childs consistently works on Sundays and puts many hours into her work beyond the regular schedule.
Additionally, she said Childs’ positive demeanor and high level of professionalism make her well-liked and respected among her fellow teachers and staff.
“Jeannie is very positive and kind,” Superintendent Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault added. “Every time I see Jeannie she has a smile on her face. When I think about our tradition of excellence, Jeannie has it all.”
“I’m very honored, but I am in no way the best,” Childs said, seeming a bit uncomfortable with all the attention and praise. “We are all honored and privileged to be in this district. Everybody gives their all everyday.”
I do genuinely take pride in growing, raising and teaching “our” children,” she added. “All of my colleagues and staff throughout the district are extremely dedicated and committed to our students and families each and every day. The supportive STMA families and community also make our school excellence team complete. It really does take a village!”