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O'Meara Named Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year

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Roosevelt Elementary School fourth grade teacher Wendy O'Meara is the Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schatz and Principal Kim Colwell made the surprise announcement during an assembly in the gymnasium Friday afternoon.

O'Meara began her teaching career with the Fargo Public Schools in 1989. She has been both a third and fourth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary.

O'Meara's selection as Teacher of the Year was based heavily on the large volume of letters praising O'Meara received from across the District. The enthusiastic testimonials—from colleagues, administrators, and parents—paint a portrait of a teacher who is passionate about and dedicated to her profession, has established a caring classroom culture, and believes all students have the capacity to learn and be successful.

Parents wrote about O'Meara's commitment to each student. They spoke of learning experiences tailored to individual students, to ensure their academic growth and success. Students leave her classroom full of self-confidence, and empowered to determine their own successful future.

One parent shared how O'Meara took immediate action to help her daughter overcome a negative peer situation. Another family has requested that all five of their children be assigned to O'Meara because of the positive, caring, and character-filled learning experience she provides in her classroom.

Colleagues also describe O'Meara as a true collaborator. Her service to the District has included co-chair of school improvement and study committees, serving on curriculum task forces, and being a student teacher guide and new teacher mentor. "Her door is always open to students of all ages," wrote one colleague.

Superintendent Schatz says Wendy O'Meara was selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year because she is a competent, passionate, positive, dedicated, collaborative, enthusiastic, committed, and consummate teaching professional. 

O'Meara follows North High School teacher David Midgarden as the District's recipient of this honor. Her name will now be forwarded to the North Dakota Department of Instruction as a candidate for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year, awarded in the fall. 

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