Tricia Abbott was nominated by a colleague, Mary Ann Mello.
"Tricia Abbott was born to be a Kindergarten teacher," Mello said. "In the 18 years that I have worked with her, I have seen her give her heart and soul to her students and school. Tricia gives countless hours to make sure that her students receive the nurture they need along with their education. Tricia has gone above and beyond her duties to make "happy" phone calls to parents to ensure that each child's strengths are highlighted. She is able to command control of her classroom in a loving way, and students respond."
"This past Spring, when we all had to move to distance learning, Tricia worked wonders with her kindergarten students," said Mello. "She connected with them and provided them with the social emotional support they needed. Through her dance parties and fun interactive games, Tricia was able to stay connected with the students. Whenever I get to observe her in action, I am in awe of her ability to make teaching a room of 5 and 6 year olds easy."
Ms. Abbott has been a member of the Hope Valley Community for over 20 years and has received recognition for her excellence in teaching at the district level. She is known throughout the community, and requests for her classroom are in high demand. Ms. Abbott is able to find the positive in every student and forms bonds with each and every one of them. Her students leave kindergarten knowing that they are loved, respected and cared for. She's a team player who is willing to help anyone out when she can.
"I am privileged to be her colleague and honored to be her friend," said Mello.