Tuesday, April 26th, at the CSD Board Meeting, the CSD Office-East was buzzing with celebration. Teachers, administrators, board members, district officials, families, and students gathered together to celebrate who Superintendent Jim Briscoe called "The Best of the Best".
The nominee for Midvale Middle School 2016 Teacher of the Year is Tammy Nay, Special Department Lead and teacher of our Accommodated Behavior Support Classroom.
We were so proud of Ms. Nay as she crossed the stage, shaking board members' hands while her nomination was read.
In her 30 years of teaching, Tammy Nay has helped hundreds of students and teachers receive the best education possible. As the Special Education Department Chair of Midvale Middle School, Nay works tirelessly to ensure that her students receive the services they deserve, but she doesn’t stop there. She also works with the Student Intervention Team to provide supports for all of Midvale Middle’s students. Nay assists teachers by creating individualized trackers to chart the behavior of struggling students in an effective and efficient way. As she works closely with the general education teachers who teach her students, constantly collecting data to make informed decisions on how to best help her students, she lifts both teachers and students to a higher level, making her Midvale Middle’s choice for the 2016 Teacher of the Year.
In addition to the qualities highlighted in her nomination, Stephanie Landon, accommodated core classroom teacher praises Ms. Nay.
Tammy is a very dedicated teacher, always looking for new ways to reach not only her students, but all students. She has been a great team leader during very difficult and time consuming situations. We can depend on her advice and help anytime. Her knowledge concerning education in general and special education specifically amazes me every time we have a discussion on best practices and current trends.
Ms. Nay is greatly appreciated by all of our faculty and staff for her patience, ability to remain calm in stressful situations, and her unwillingness to give up on any student. Her students' words put it best.
"She puts up with our attitudes." --Orion
"Mrs. Nay is patient and helpful." -- Tykai
"She's really nice and everyone should have her."--David
"She's generous and never gives up on us."--Keagan
"She's honest. Always working. One of the nicest teachers in the school."--Juan
"She's fair and just."--Fin
"She always knows when we need a break."--Jon
For all of these reasons and more, Ms. Nay is an invaluable member of our Midvale Family, and we are proud to have her represent us as the 2016, Teacher of the Year.