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September 17, 2010 > Milpitas Unified names Beverly McCarter Teacher of the Year

Milpitas Unified names Beverly McCarter Teacher of the Year

By Alyson Whitaker
Photos By Allen McCarter

When her name was announced as the Milpitas Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2010, Beverly McCarter didn't believe it. It wasn't until her name was repeated a second time and her principal Damon James gave her a nudge that she actually stood up to accept.

Beverly didn't pursue a teaching career until her youngest child began kindergarten. She had played an active role in her own children's schools, volunteering in the classroom and serving on the PTA board. She loved working with the teachers, and so it seemed a natural transition. She began substituting before progressing to teaching full time.

Beverly currently teaches a 4/5 combination class at Joseph Weller Elementary School in Milpitas, where she has taught for the last 14 years. While some of her students are in the GATE program, she also has students who struggle in certain academic areas. Principal Damon James says she has brought a lot of stability to the classroom. Teaching is difficult, with many demands placed on classroom teachers. "All the times I've visited her classroom, I've never once seen her sitting down. She is always up, moving around the room and engaging with students, challenging them to learn."

Through it all, Beverly has demonstrated a consistency with her students, helping them move from basic understanding to proficiency, then even further to advanced levels. She has great relationships with her students, earning the respect and admiration of all who enter her door.

The nomination process began at Weller Elementary, where Beverly was selected by her peers as Teacher of the Year. Her name then went into the running for the District award. On September 29, Beverly will attend a Santa Clara County ceremony, where the county will select one teacher from all districts as the Santa Clara County Teacher of the Year.

The Milpitas Rotary Club is a big supporter of educators, and last week unveiled a plaque at the recently renovated Milpitas Library. The plaque holds the names of all district winners since 2000. Beverly was honored to be there for the presentation. A photo and bio accompany her nameplate on the plaque, which will be updated each year with the current year's winner.

Beverly was surprised, and very humbled to receive the District award. She teaches because she loves teaching. And her reward is the knowledge that she is making a difference in her students' lives. "When I see one of my students reach even a fraction of their potential, increasing their self-confidence and knowledge, it's the greatest reward I could have as a teacher."

The other district nominees were: Susan Borer (Burnett), Nancy Anderson (Curtner), Nancy Johnson (Pomeroy), Kathy Glade (Randall), Xuanthao Tran (Rose), Deborah Hullings-Le (Sinnott), Anna Winston (Spangler), Juanita Paras-Ayala (Zanker), Brenna Dimas (Rancho Middle School), Rozina Kapadia (Russell Middle School), David Holland (Milpitas High), Karen Brown (Cal Hills), Thau Nguyen (Adult Education), Laura Moreno Marshall (Child Development Center), Reva Larson (Corrections), Henry Leon Robinson (Educational Services), and Douglas Chaucey (Student Services).

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