Position: First/Second Grade Teacher
School: Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy
School District: Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy
City, State: Lynchburg, VA
Music that Describes Jeannie
Jeannie Ramsey was nominated by her colleague, Nicole Toledo.
Ms. Ramsey has been at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy since 2001. She first came to the school for a 9-week period and has stayed ever since. Ms. Ramsey is loving, yet firm when needed. She inspires her students to be leaders by first being servants to their peers. Because of her expertise in Special Education, she is the resource teacher for cases that require further insight. She is always willing to help the principal with any home communication that is needed. In preparation for the Social Studies Fair, she makes special “passports” for all students.
Ms. Ramsey also directs the tutoring program for struggling students. Students from Liberty University are contacted to volunteer at her school, and about 20 Doss Christian Academy students are offered this free tutoring each year. Ms. Ramsey takes the time to train the college students and coordinate all the tutoring material. She also works with Liberty University and allows their college students to do their student-teaching in her classroom. These tasks aren't a part of her job description, yet she takes them on without further compensation or expectation. Also, because this is a small school, she has no planning periods or lunch break throughout the school day, but this does not discourage her.
"I had the privilege of working alongside Jeannie last school year (2017-2018), and her encouragement and experience were invaluable to me. Anytime I had a doubt, she had the information and help I needed. Most of all, she was always uplifting and encouraging. In times of difficulty and discouragement, she knew just what to say to help me get through." says Ms. Toledo.
Ms. Ramsey is usually the first person at school in the morning and one of the last people to leave in the evening. If the bathrooms need cleaning or refreshing throughout the day, she takes care of it. Older students who were once in her class still come to greet her in the morning before going to their class. They even offer to help her, and many times, they take care of her trash or vacuum her classroom. This shows the impact she has had on them over the years. Her commitment and love are to be admired.
During these years, Ms. Ramsey has tirelessly served her students and the school. The students whom she first taught at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy are now bringing their children to be her students.