Former Adel-DeSoto-Minburn teacher Christine Short was recently named the Braille Institute’s 2013 Teacher of the Year at an awards banquet held in California.
Short, who works for both the Iowa Braille School since 2009 and the Heartland Area Education Agency for nine years, says she was "blown away" by the award.
"It was just such an honor because I looked at the list of past recipients and it’s the who’s who of educators," she said. "It’s just so gratifying to be acknowledged for what you do every day. To think that people know that you do it well is very humbling."
Short also saw her student, Lauren Thompson of Earlham, receive first place in her division.
"I think I was more excited about her winning than me receiving the award," Short said. "I have been with Lauren for 10 years so I’ve taught her how to read and seen her grow up. It’s so much fun since I teach kids one on one."
Short teaches students from first grade until they graduate so she can see how students’ progress in both small ways and large ones.
"I work with kids of all different levels so sometimes you are rejoicing over the small things and sometimes the large ones," she said.
Although Short is only one teacher, she said that all teachers help play a part in a child’s life.
"After the banquet was over, a lot of the parents told me about how their teacher had made an impact in their life," she said. "It’s so rewarding to hear about how important their teacher was in their as well as their child’s life."