We’re highlighting a teacher every Wednesday as a part of the #RedForEd campaign.

Every year is a great year to celebrate our teachers, but this year has shined a bright light on the flexibility and compassion of our incredible staff.

Today we’re highlighting Mrs. Marie Osborne, a 3rd grade teacher at Fayette Elementary School.

What motivates you?
My motivation comes from wanting to learn something new every day.  My third grade students give me many opportunities to learn from them each day.  Each year brings a new group of students with new challenges and joys.

How has your job changed due to COVID?
My job as a teacher has changed dramatically due to the pandemic. My classroom organization and procedures are much different now than in years past. My students have handled social distancing and mask wearing well, but I miss seeing their smiling faces. I was able to observe my students’ facial expressions and quickly see if they were having a good day, or if they were struggling with a concept. That’s more difficult now. My students love their Chromebooks and we have learned together how to use them effectively in the classroom and from home.

What is something that people don’t understand about your job?
When you are a teacher, you don’t just turn off the lights in your classroom, close the door,  go home, and not think about your job until you arrive the next morning.   We take work home most evenings, plan lessons, surf teacher websites for new ideas to help our struggling students, and answer parent emails.  Your child becomes one of “my kids” and I worry about them and want the best for them just like you do.

Why do you love VCSC/your school?
In 1995, I enrolled my son in second grade at Fayette Elementary School and have been involved with the school as a parent, FESCO member, volunteer, substitute teacher, remediation teacher, teaching assistant, and finally a regular classroom teacher over the years. I tell everyone Fayette is the best kept secret in Vigo County. We are a friendly, small, rural school, with great teachers and support staff that work together to help our students be the best they can be. What’s not to love?

Be sure to check back on #Staffurday–Saturday, that is–as we recognize members of our non-teaching staff. We’ll continue both campaigns through the end of the school year.