Wythe’s teacher of the year | News – Virginia News

Wythe’s teacher of the year | News –  Virginia News

Rural Retreat Elementary School third-grade teacher Meredith Fiscus always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

“I’ve wanted to be one since I was little,” she said. “I always worked with the younger kids in church. By the time I was in high school, I was teaching Vacation Bible School classes by myself. I never planned to do anything else.

“I think I enjoy it because it’s meaningful,” Fiscus added. “What bigger role can you have than to make a difference in the life of another person?”

For her dedication to education, Fiscus has been named Wythe County’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year. The award is given by the Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce.

“I am extremely fortunate to have some truly great teachers at Rural Retreat, but Meredith stands out from the rest,” Principal Alan Rouse wrote in Fiscus’ nomination packet. He said she is clearly the leader of the school’s third-grade instructional team and commended how she integrates the entire curriculum into her science and social studies classes.

“On top of supporting the whole third grade curriculum, Mrs. Fiscus is a model teacher with outstanding lesson plans that include differentiation of instruction and hands on learning opportunities,” Rouse added.

The principal said Fiscus is an outstanding representative for the school within the community, citing her work with the Rural Retreat Athletic Booster Club, the school’s PTO, the Rural Retreat Methodist Church and AAU, along with other…

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