Ridgeview 3rd grade teacher Alana Street didn’t shy away when the then-new Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton was looking for the first teacher in the district to display her idea of a classroom infused with technology.
But she wasn’t the only one that was all-in when the d
istrict installed their first technology demonstration classroom by adding an Audio Enhancement speaker system, teacher and student microphones and one of the district’s first ClearTouch Interactive Panels. Parents and students also played a large part in the success, and helping Street be recognized as Washington County’s Teacher of the Year for grades K-4.
“They played a huge role in getting the word out to our community about all the benefits of a technology-rich classroom,”said Street. “Students shared with school board members, county commissioners and many others how the audio enhancement and technology made a positive difference in the learning process in our classroom.”
This is Street’s first year at Ridgeview, after spending five years at Boones Creek Elementary. She said that at both places she was lucky to have phenomenal co-workers to learn and share. Knowing that she was nominated by her new Ridgeview family was nice to hear.
“Being nominated by my peers to represent a district that is filled with such talented teachers is extremely humbling,” she said. “ I teach at an amazing school and in an outstanding school district and for that I am very grateful.”
At an early age Street said that she felt like she was called to become an educator. Having the opportunity to make a positive impact while teaching makes her job fulfilling.
“I love what I do, because I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on others daily,” Street said. “The students motivate and inspire me each day. The way their eyes light up in response to understanding ignites my excitement and passion for teaching. I feel very blessed to be in such a rewarding profession.”