Springville Junior High School's 2013 Teacher of the Year is Ms. Neeley, seventh-grade English teacher! Ms. Neeley received the award on Wednesday, April 11 at Nebo District's school board meeting. One teacher from each junior high and high school received the award; Ms. Neeley was the teacher from Springville Junior High that received it.
Mrs. Gleave, ninth-grade Secondary Math I teacher, said, “Ms. Neeley is highly deserving of this award for two simple reasons. One, she dedicates herself to maximizing student learning. Every moment in her classroom, and every task given to her students helps them learn and improve. Two, she motivates her co-workers to become better educators. Ms. Neeley has such an infectious drive that those around her are inspired to develop professionally.”
Many people, teachers, students, and administrators, are very fond of Ms. Neeley. Ada Popham, a seventh grader in Ms. Neeley’s English class, said, “She’s really nice, and the way she teaches makes things easy.” Zach Dalley, another seventh grader in Ms. Neeley’s English class, said, “She’s really good at explaining things and teaching different things to different people.” Fernanda Hernandez, a seventh grader in Ms. Neeley’s English class, said, “Ms. Neeley’s really nice. She understands us.” According to Ada Popham, what makes Ms. Neeley such a good teacher is the way she teaches, and she’s patient with people.
Ms. Neeley is also well-liked by her colleagues. Ms. Dunn, another English teacher, said, “Ms. Neeley does a great job at panning lessons for her students that are interesting and enjoyable and worthwhile. She is also a lot of fun, and I know students have a good time in her class.” Mrs. Gleave, who is good friends with Ms. Neeley, in addition to working with her, said, “I have taught with Ms. Neeley for six years. During that time, I have seen her give amazing lessons, encourage students to improve beyond what they believe possible, guide students to produce incredible school yearbooks, facilitate professional development opportunities for our staff, teach Praxis classes for the district, and earn a Master’s degree, among many other accomplishments. She’s an incredible person!” Mr. Mikesell, Dean Of Students, said, “Ms. Neeley is on the ball. She is a great planner, and does fun things with her students. She has a great sense of humor and is easy to get along with.”
According to Mr. Mikesell, Ms. Neeley’s colleagues voted for her, which is how she got the award. Mr. Mikesell said, “We just try to find an outstanding teacher who does great work.” According to Mrs. Gleave, Ms. Neeley is one of the best educators she’s seen. Mrs. Gleave said, “She is acutely aware of her students abilities and needs, and plans lessons based on this knowledge.”