PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times
Teaching is not for the fainthearted, according Linda Motter, Lincoln Elementary School's Teacher of the Year.
Motter has been with Pryor Public Schools for 15 years, and currently teaches second grade in room 110.
“Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the classroom knows that teaching is not a profession for the fainthearted. It can be all-consuming and exhausting, requiring great sacrifice on the part of those who answer its call; but the rewards and satisfaction it brings are immeasurable,” said Motter. “Regardless of the criticism and challenges that we as public educators face, our passion, dedication, and love for what we do will enable us to carry on, to fulfill our calling, and to graciously keep giving our all.”
Motter is a Pryor Tiger through and through having graduated from Pryor High School. She was even born in Pryor's Grand Valley Hospital and lived in Pryor most of her life.
“As a teacher I know that I must be willing to take the time to connect with the heart of each student. One heart, one student, at a time. And for the most part, this is not an easy thing to do and it certainly doesn't happen quickly,” said Motter. “I believe that it is in the heart, not the brain, where the desire to learn is formed.”
Motter said it is also deep inside the heart where her students learn to trust and respect her as a teacher.
“I've come to realize that the heart is a sacred place where their love of learning is born, where it is nurtured, and where it will continue to grow long after they've left my classroom,” said Motter.
Her teaching philosophy, she said, has been founded on her personal conviction that everyone has been given an “incredible responsibility to reach beyond his or her own life and to generously pour into the lives of others ultimately impacting the world for good.”
“As a teacher I feel I have an even greater opportunity to make this happen. I am grateful that my profession as a teacher is one that allows me to give all that I have for something I believe in and value, and that is the lives of children,” said Motter.
Motter said her experience has taught her that simply knowing how to teach math, writing or reading is not enough to ensure that students are actually learning.
“Creating lesson plans in compliance with state or national standards is not enough. Placing color anchor charts on my classroom walls is not enough. Attending the trendiest conferences is not enough. Knowing how to use the latest technology is not enough. Tracking all kinds of data is not enough,” said Motter. “Something more powerful and significant must happen.”