This week's "Teacher of the Week" is Tiffany Heathcote of Pine Meadow Elementary in Sartell! Mrs. Heathcote is a second grade teacher at Pine Meadow.

She was nominated for "Teacher of the Week" by Kristine and Jeff Rutten:

As we all know, distance learning for teaches, students and parents has been very challenging. This is our 2nd round of it, and Mrs. Heathcote is a rockstar teacher during these difficult times. First, she is organized, articulate, compassionate and kind to our second graders. She meets with the kids every day on Zoom, she acknowledged he’s each and every one of them, she has the patience of a Saint. She teaches them lessons, plays interactive games and engages them, despite their attention spans of gnats! Sometimes, due to me working from home we miss our Zoom meeting, she extends grace and patience and only wants us to do our best! In addition, Mrs. Heathcote hold the young students to high standards of following directions, quality work and being on time. Simple things that are vital in our society of future workers. She expects her students to use manners, be thoughtful and kind, all while connecting in a virtual manner. Recently, Mrs. Heathcote wrote a hand written note to students and mail each letter telling them how proud she was of them, a true gesture of going above the call of duty! My daughter was overjoyed to receive mail! Finally, she connects one on one with the students listening to them read aloud, probably the number one human interaction that means the most to our daughter and us as parents. All while working with parents on their needs, help with homework and planning daily lessons. I’m sure that many teachers are doing similar things, Mrs. Heathcote really loves her students! She shows up each and everyday, in a world where she could probably cut corners to save time.

Our 'Teacher of the Week' receives a plaque from All-Star Trophy and Awards. and gift certificates from Great Harvest Bread Company, Sunday Brunch from Coyote Moon GrilleMorph Salon & Barbershop, and St Cloud Floral.  A special thanks to Mathnasium of St. Cloud for also sponsoring our "Teacher of the Week."

Nobody knows what this school year will continue to be like. But one thing we know is that we want to continue to recognize teachers in Central Minnesota, even if it's in an empty classroom. We are ready to adjust to whatever situation presents itself.

Thank you to all of our teachers. If you know a teacher that should be recognized, tell us all about them HERE.

Abby Minke

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