Position: Third Grade Teacher
School: East Montpelier Elementary School
School District: Washington Central Supervisory Union
City, State: East Montpelier, VT
Music that Describes Beth
Beth Paker was nominated by Brittany Perry, the parent of a student.
"Beth Parker makes a positive difference in the lives of all of her students, families and colleagues on a daily basis," said Perry. "Beth has been my son’s teacher for the past three years, and my husband and I could not feel more blessed."
Mrs. Parker innately understands the developmental level of her students, both academically and socio-emotionally. She continually seeks professional development opportunities, such as her recent “Life is Good” training to work on helping her students develop the skills of being human. She naturally embeds all the supports that help students access their education, including morning outdoor movement, yoga, flexible seating, appreciation of others, perspective taking, and helping students understand and express their emotions. Ms. Parker utilizes PBIS to help her students get to know how to best regulate themselves, even supporting her students in the creation of an evening of wellness that they shared with the community.
Mrs. Parker involves families and her students to explore the larger community and world. She regularly walks with her students to a local sugar shack in the early Spring to share this Vermont tradition. During the devastation following Hurricane Harvey, her class partnered with a sister classroom in Texas, communicating with them and raising money for them. In addition, EMES has partnered with North Branch Nature Center to have a program called ECO, where students and parent volunteers spend quality time outdoors understanding nature, the human impact on nature, and positive interactions in their environment.
Mrs. Parker is a master of helping all students access academics in meaningful and inspiring ways. She collaborates with her colleagues in her school and across the district to enrich her curriculum. Students in Mrs. Parker’s class are historians, geographers, scientists, authors and so much more.
As a colleague, Mrs. Parker learns from and pays forward her knowledge and wisdom. She recently earned her Master's degree along with a cohort of colleagues. She has been asked by her Master’s program to come back and teach courses for them. Mrs. Parker is the model of a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. She has served as the mentor coordinator for WCSU and has helped many mentor and mentee relationships develop to nurture the next generation of educators.
"Mrs. Parker makes a positive difference in the lives of her students, family and colleagues. I, for one, know that when I drop my son to school, he will feel safe, loved and challenged," said Perry. "As a parent, I hope all children have the opportunity to have someone like Mrs. Parker in their lives."