By: Lanetra Bennett
February 15, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Usually interruptions aren't good in a classroom. But, one Leon County teacher's class was interrupted Friday morning for an exciting cause.
Leon County School District leaders came to Rebecca Kirchharr's classroom.
It was a surprise visit to tell the Leon High School teacher that she won the district's 2013 Teacher of the Year.
Kirchharr says, "I'm shocked. It's completely unexpected. I can't believe my family knew and didn't tell me. I'm honored."
Her family did know, and were all by her side for the big announcement. But, unlike Kirchharr's husband and parents... her students did not know. But, the 9th graders were just as excited.
Her student, Tyaesia Rawls, says, "She is a positive lady. She's a very good teacher. She likes to go deep in her teaching. She likes to help us out. Whatever we need help on, she's there, no matter what."
Kirchharr has been teaching for seven years. This is her third year teaching 9th and 10th grade English at Leon. She is the target team leader of her department, gifted coordinator, reading coach and the coach of the JV tennis team.
Kirchharr gets excited at just the mention of teaching. She says, "Oh, its fun, yeah. I love teaching; especially because there's no other profession where I can talk about grammar all the time. I went in for the content and then I fell in love with the kids. That's why we stay around. They're fun, kids are fun."
Kirchharr was selected by a committee of teachers, administrators, parents and community representatives from among 42 candidates. Kirchharr is now eligible to apply for the statewide teacher of the year.
Congratulations to Leon County Schools 2013 Teacher of the Year!
The winner is Rebecca Kirchharr, of Leon High School. Rebecca has been a teacher for just shy of 7 years, the previous 2.5 at Leon High. She is an English teacher and Reading Coach.
Leon County Schools Release: Rebecca Kirchharr Named LCS Teacher of the Year Selected from 5 Finalists out of 42 School Winners
Tallahassee, FL—Superintendent Jackie Pons made a surprise visit today to Rebecca Kirchharr’s classroom. Alongside Leon High School Principal Billy Epting and a gathering of supporters, Superintendent Pons recognized Ms. Kirchharr as the 2013 Leon County Schools Teacher of the Year.
“This is an exciting day for the entire Leon Schools community as we recognize Ms. Kirchharr as the 2013 Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent Jackie Pons. “We have some of the best teachers in the state of Florida and their hard work and dedication are the reason our district continues to be one of the best.”
Ms. Kirchharr has been teaching English and Reading at Leon High the previous three school years. She is the target team leader of her department, gifted coordinator, reading coach and the coach of the JV tennis team.
Ms. Kirchharr writes in her Teacher of the Year application that she is relentlessly committed to her students. “When students are encouraged to learn how to think, student performance undergoes profound change,” she wrote. “It is my responsibility and I am honored by the opportunity to help students learn to think for themselves.”
“Rebecca Kirchhaar has a true passion for educating students and is a dedicated and gifted educator,” said Principal Epting. “We are proud of her and know that she is an outstanding representative of the teachers at Leon High School, Leon County and the State of Florida”
Rebecca was selected by a committee of teachers, administrators, parents and community representatives from among 42 candidates. The committee first selected five finalists based on their reviews of ‘blind applications’ (no names or schools on them) from each respective LCS school level Teacher of the Year. Then the committee interviewed the finalists based on questions and criteria established by the state TOY program. All committee members score and vote to determine the winner.