By Samantha Solliday
After serving in the military for 21 years, Kenneth Bedwell never thought he would become a fifth-grade teacher at Trimmier Elementary, and he definitely never thought he would be honored as the Elementary Spotlight teacher for the month.
Students sat around Bedwell as they worked together on a social studies activity, but all eyes turned when the portable door swung open as the human resources and Education Foundation group flooded the room along with other teachers and staff to honor the deserving teacher.
Principal Penny Batts explained to Bedwell why she had nominated him for the spotlight award.
“We honored you at the faculty meeting and we wanted to take this award to the district level and say thank you for all that you do. You are fabulous at what you do, and you teach them so much and your students love you,” Batts stated as the students nodded in agreement.
After retiring from the military, Bedwell wanted to do something worthwhile and thought that teaching might allow him to make a difference in the community.
“I had a teacher in high school that had a major impact on me,” he said. “I was a part of the Troops to Teachers program and I received my alternative certification from Region 12.”
From there, Bedwell interviewed with Principal Batts and has been teaching at Trimmier Elementary for the past 11 years.
“I love seeing the look on students’ faces when they think through a problem and finally solve it,” Bedwell stated. “I think they finally realize that they can work through a problem and be successful at it.”
While staying motivated throughout the year can be difficult sometimes, for Bedwell all the hard work is worth it at the end of the day.
“I just want to say thank you to Mrs. Batts for the opportunity to teach here and thank you to the students. They make me look good,” he said smiling.
November 14, 2017