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Kelly Educational Staffing would like to congratulate our 2016 Substitute Teacher of the Year winners! These individuals were selected to receive this elite honor among our over 40,000 substitute teachers working in schools across the country. The passion they bring to the classroom, and their contributions to student achievement, make us proud to have them as part of the Kelly Educational Staffing team.
Deatrice Napper has been named the Kelly Educational Staffing (KES®) national Substitute Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year for her outstanding performance and exemplary service as a substitute teacher at East Hartford Middle School in Connecticut.
Ms. Napper, who has both a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from Southern University in physical education/health, has been a KES substitute teacher for six years in the East Hartford Public Schools. Nominated for this award through more than 80 unique recommendation letters from students and teachers, Ms. Napper was first selected as the KES Substitute Teacher of the Year for the state of Connecticut. As a state winner, she then became eligible for the KES national award, the company’s highest honor, and was named the KES National Substitute Teacher of the Year in April.
“The nomination letters overwhelmingly emphasized Ms. Napper’s compassionate nature, including being a caring and committed substitute teacher,” said Scott Apsey, vice president for Kelly Educational Staffing. “Her enthusiasm for teaching, positivity and genuine passion to see each student achieve their best are qualities that make Ms. Napper an ideal recipient of our National Substitute Teacher of the Year award, and we are proud to recognize her with this honor.”
Ms. Napper was recognized at a staff meeting on May 4th at East Hartford Middle School. “I have always enjoyed being a teacher ever since I was a little girl pretending that my dolls were my students. When I was fourteen, I helped with lessons during Sunday school, and later during a work study program when I was a few years older, I was encouraged to consider teaching as a profession,” said Ms. Napper. “I love the ‘hands-on’ experience teaching gives me and it keeps my skills sharp. As a building sub, I am familiar with many of the students. While they know that I expect them to get their work done, they also know I am there to help and encourage them to do their best.”
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