Glacier Valley Elementary teacher Geoffrey Wyatt was named one of 33 BP Teachers of the Year for 2014. The award came with a $500 grant, which he used to take two classes of students on the Mount Roberts Tramway.
Who nominated you? Why?
The nomination was anonymous so I don’t know who did it nor why.
Is it common for Juneau teachers to win?
Several Juneau teachers have been nominated but I don’t know if others have won. Previous winners are listed at bpteachers.com but they don’t have the city listed.
How did you react when you found out you won?
My principal told me a few weeks ago that I had won. It came at the end of a challenging day and so it was especially nice to get the news. Juneau has so many great teachers and I feel honored to be chosen.
What did you do with your winnings?
The prize came in three portions of $500.
$500 was reserved for a party. I decided that I wanted to celebrate the award with my family, students, and another class I work closely with; Ellen Canapary’s class. We went up the Goldbelt Tram, ate lunch up there, and went sledding in the snow patches on plastic bags we took with us.
$500 was for me, personally. I will be using it when I travel to the Philippines this summer.
$500 was for my classroom. I will be using it to buy technology for future student projects.
Out of all the professions in the world, why do you teach?
I had so many great teachers growing up here in Juneau. Mr. Rakos and Mr. Dihle were both highly influential in my elementary years. So, when I was in college, I decided I wanted to be a teacher so I could be influential to others. I am glad I chose to be a teacher because it is challenging and no two days are alike. It allows me to be creative and help kids grow and learn.