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Megan Hartley

Position: First Grade Teacher
School: Rio Elementary School
School District: Rio Community Schools
City, State: Rio, WI

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Megan Hartley was nominated by her colleague, Samantha Marquardt.

Ms. Hartley gives 150% to her students and colleagues every day. She understands best practices in literacy and math, and utilizes them in her classroom. She also understands that learning involves the whole child to include their emotional, social and physical needs. Ms. Hartley builds relationships with her students and is consistent in finding the best possible ways for students to learn. She thinks outside of the box, which completely benefits the young students she works with.

"Megan is such a supportive colleague," Marquardt said. "She constantly raises the morale in our building by leaving positive notes for others and doing kind deeds. She is a leader and a team player in this building. Megan stands up for what she believes is best for students and colleagues. She is a PTO member and is always willing to help."

"I am inspired by Megan Hartley on a daily basis" Marquardt continued. "Both of my sons have had her as a teacher and it means the world to me that she truly appreciates them as individuals. Positivity flows from Megan and makes all of us who work with her better. She is one of the most selfless and dedicated colleagues I have ever known."