Lori Price, a first grade teacher at The Webster School, was named 2019 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year.

“Every child has the potential to do great things, and it is our job as educators to help them reach that potential,” Price wrote in her application. “Seeing the sense of pride and accomplishment in students who have worked to solve a challenging task reinforces my belief that all students should be given the opportunity to undertake these challenges.”

“Lori hosts a voluntary professional development monthly meeting around the ideas of math for our teachers,” Webster Principal Bethany Groves wrote in a letter of recommendation. “They study on their own, share ideas and discuss successes and struggles in helping our student access concepts for which they have little prior background knowledge. Most of the time, teachers who may have come with a narrow mindset leave believing that their students can do more than they previously thought.”

Price was a 2018 Florida finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and recently received a grant to bring math labs into classrooms. She also presents each year at various conferences dedicated to teaching mathematics, and she helps organize the St. Johns County Math Conference for district teachers.

Above all, Price is being honored for her kindness. One parent wrote a letter of recommendation for Price, explaining that her son was having behavior issues. Instead of just reporting it, Price did all she could to open communication between parent, teacher and student.

It was just one of the examples of how Price makes a difference in the lives of her students, no matter what challenges they are facing.

“Every child needs someone who thinks they are special, and as a teacher I get the honor of being that person,” Price said. “If we can change the future for one child, we are influencing a family for generations. There is nothing more inspiring to me than that.”

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