In November, representatives from the Virginia Beach Reading Council visited Creeds Elementary to surprise third-grade teacher Diane Marx with the announcement that she was selected as the local council’s Reading Teacher of the Year.
On Monday, March 5, another group of special guests visited Creeds to surprise Marx with the news that she was named the Virginia State Reading Association Reading Teacher of the Year.
The award recognizes a teacher whose commitment to literacy is exemplary and unparalleled, and Marx was selected from among the honorees named by the 15 reading councils in Virginia. The Virginia State Reading Association officially recognized Marx with the statewide honor March 9 at its annual reading conference in Richmond, Virginia.
“Mrs. Marx is a master teacher in every sense of the word,” wrote Casey Conger, Creeds principal, in a letter of recommendation for Marx. “She instills in her students a love for learning, especially reading, that extends beyond her classroom walls. After spending time in Mrs. Marx’s class, her students are better communicators, collaborators, flexible thinkers, problem solvers and citizens.”
Marx, who began her career with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1994 as a PE assistant, earned her master’s degree at Old Dominion University to become a full-time classroom teacher.
“I started at Creeds in December 2000 as a first-grade teacher the Monday after I finished my student teaching. I remained a first-grade teacher for 16 years until I was asked to move to third grade last year to teach language arts.”
A graduate of VBCPS, Marx said, “I am thrilled to bring this recognition to my district.”
She’s even more excited about the opportunities reading provides to students.
“I think reading provides opportunities daily that go beyond the classroom. Through reading we find joy, knowledge and power. Students need to discover and embrace these opportunities. My goal is for them to love reading.”
To engage her students in reading, Marx employs various strategies.
“I provide them with opportunities to choose their reading and to discuss it, not just in terms of reading strategies and testable questions, but in the framework of a reading community. We invite other adults to come into the room and share their reading so students recognize that as adults we read a variety of materials for many reasons.”
“With this recognition,” added Marx, “my hope is to encourage more shared reading experiences outside the classroom.”
Marx invites others to learn more about her reading transformation by visiting her reading diary dianemarx13.edublogs.org.
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