Position: Retiring First Grade Teacher
School: Laurel Elementary School
School District: Prince George's County Public Schools
City, State: Laurel, MD
Music that Describes Margot
Margot Shaver was nominated by her colleague, Angela Tart.
Ms. Shaver is a trendsetter. She has managed to raised two children while going through a divorce and going to school full-time. She started in the school system as a nurse before deciding she wanted to go to school for teaching because of her love of children. Ms. Shaver also wanted to show her children that she may have been down from the divorce, but she would not stay down. Her ability to handle full-time school and being a mother to two children showed her tenacity in pursuing her dreams while showing her girls what a strong woman can do.
Ms. Shaver has worked in the same school for over 14 years. While she is scheduled to retire this June, she has already contacted personnel to become a substitute teacher. She loves her students and always manages to get involved with them outside of school. Many of her old students come back and want to hug her for the way she cared for them and genuinely poured into their lives. Many of her students have gone on to be productive citizens in society, and thus, they felt the need to come back and thank her.
"Every year, it's fascinating to watch Margot get the students to trust and rely on her for their learning, from the very challenging student, to the meek, shy student," said Tart.
Ms. Shaver has volunteered on many after-school activities, such as the school dance, rollerskating night, science fair, book fair, talent show, plays, and a plethora of activities hosted after hours. She is a team player who works well with everyone, from interns to the principal. In addition to her stellar verbal and written communication skills, she is an active listener who accepts feedback well.
"Margot will leave Prince George's County Schools this year with the satisfaction that she has poured into several students who have become productive citizens," said Tart. "For that, our school system will lose an employee who was gracious, nurturing and loving!"