According to Sharon Boggs, she had never won anything in her life, but as of May, Boggs can proudly display her title of District Teacher of the Year for the Zionsville School Corporation. Boggs was also named teacher of the year for Union Elementary.
"It's definitely very gratifying. I have told many people that I've never won anything in my whole life, but a lot of people said 'you didn't win it you earned it,'" said Boggs, who has lived in Zionsville for many years. "I take it as just an honor, because I teach with a lot of amazing teachers, and I've learned from some amazing teachers in this district. I feel like it's not just my award but the award of my colleagues."
Boggs did not start her career as a teacher but worked for 10 years in public relations and spent a few years at home with her children. She started as a first-grade teacher, where she stayed, in 2002. Boggs said it was important for her teach in the same community where she lived.
"We were living here in Zionsville, and I thought it was really important -- and I still do -- that I live and teach in the same community. I love seeing my kids outside of school. ... I live in the same neighborhood as a lot of my students, and I love it," Boggs said.
Union Principal Rebecca Coffman has worked with Boggs for two years and has enjoyed seeing the way Boggs crafts her lessons.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.