Valerie Bruce of Rozet Elementary is Teacher of the Year

For the second year running, Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year hales from the Campbell County School District.

Valerie Bruce, a first-grade teacher at Rozet Elementary received the accolades yesterday afternoon in the school gym in front of students, staff, fellow teachers, and district administration.

Principal Nate Cassidy said he was notified last week by the Wyoming Department of Education and then had to quietly plan yesterday’s secret celebration.  He said the Teacher of the Year Honor means a lot to the school and to the district.

“It puts us on the map,” said Cassidy. “The best this about teachers like Val is they don’t keep it to themselves. She wants to see everyone succeed.”

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Bruce has taught at Rozet for the past nine years and is inspired by other teachers, like her own grandmother, who was a teacher for 42 years.

“Mrs. Bruce understands the power of relationships and fully embraces the opportunity to work, learn, and grow with her students every day” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Her classroom is built on trust, hard work, and a growth mindset; and she models what it is to be a lifelong learner.”

The 2018 Wyoming Teacher of the Year was Sara Reed of Hillcrest Elementary. Cassidy said, having the teacher of the year come from Campbell County two years in a row speaks highly of the school district as a whole as well.