NEWS RELEASE: Wyoming Department of Education
Cheyenne – State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, announced Tuesday that Laura Drake, a third grade teacher at Goins Elementary of Laramie County School District #1, has been named Wyoming's 2013 Teacher of the Year.
"Laura Drake is an outstanding example of the many teachers in Wyoming who dedicate their careers and lives to provide their students with the best instruction," said Supt. Hill.
LCSD #1 Superintendent, Dr. Mark Stock, and Goins Elementary School Principal, Joyce Chalstrom, were very excited to hear the news about Laura's selection. Dr. Stock said, "The Laramie County School District #1 school board, administration and staff are thrilled to learn that Goins Elementary teacher Laura Drake was chosen as Wyoming Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Drake represents all Wyoming teachers who exemplify student-centered, caring educators who work so tirelessly on the behalf of students. We commend all educators who also share these same qualities. Mrs. Drake will be a great ambassador for such teachers throughout Wyoming."
"She represents exactly what a Teacher of the Year should represent," added Mrs. Chalstrom.
Mrs. Drake is a veteran teacher, having started her career 23 years ago in Campbell County School District. She has been in her present position of teaching third grade at Goins Elementary for eleven years. Throughout her tenure at Goins, Laura has served on curriculum committees for both Language Arts and Mathematics.
She has opened up her classroom as a lab classroom allowing other teaching professionals to observe her classes and served as a part of the district mentoring program for new teachers. Mrs. Drake has also been named Rotary Teacher of the Month in Cheyenne and has been recognized with the STAR Teacher Award for Wyoming from the U.S. Department of Education.
In her professional biography Laura wrote that one of her greatest contributions has been to the future teachers of our state. "My work with these young people has been rewarding. I believe that to teach others, you must understand that your own process is dynamic...you can self-reflect and improve."
Being this year's Wyoming Teacher of the Year comes with an enormous responsibility for Laura. She will be an education ambassador representing Wyoming. Wyoming's Teacher of the Year automatically becomes the nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program, which is sponsored by ING and Target, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the University of Phoenix and the People to People Ambassador Programs.