Spanish Teacher Receives Noblesville Schools’ Highest Honor
Lori McGavic was shocked to receive the 2022 Noblesville Schools Teacher of the Year award.
“I work with so many amazing and talented teachers,” McGavic said. “I’m just humbled and honored to represent Noblesville Schools.”
McGavic, a Spanish teacher at Noblesville West Middle School, was named the middle school winner and the overall district winner.
“One of my greatest joys is when a student shares with me that they have been able to use the Spanish they have learned to connect with others in our community and/or the world,” McGavic said. “Hearing that they use the language as a bridge to serve others and build positive relationships is what fuels my passion for teaching a global language.”
Named Indiana’s 2017 language teacher of the year, McGavic is referred to by her colleagues as GOAT, or the greatest of all time, according to Noblesville West Middle School principal Ryan Haughey.
“I love teaching a Level 1 Spanish course,” McGavic said. “Many of the students in my classes have never studied a second language and are brand new to Spanish. What a joy for me to be the one who introduces them to the beauty of the Spanish-speaking language and cultures. so much growth over the year.
“It’s amazing what students can do from knowing next to nothing at the start of the year to knowing so much by the end. I love seeing how proud they are of their own growth.
This was McGavic’s seventh year teaching at Noblesville West and 15th year teaching overall. As the district’s top winner, McGavic is entered into the state’s Teacher of the Year contest.
McGavic and her husband and their two daughters have lived in Noblesville since 2009.
The winner of High School Teacher of the Year is Laura Costa, who teaches math. The elementary school winners are Tara Kundert, fifth grade, Noble Crossing Elementary, and Kylie Moyers, special education, White River Elementary.
The four educators were selected to represent different academic levels, with two teachers chosen at the elementary level to reflect the fact that 50 percent of teachers in Noblesville schools are in elementary schools.
The teachers were nominated by their respective principals and were selected for the honor by a committee of trustees.
The selection focused on master teachers who excel in implementing the mission and vision of Noblesville Schools and whose achievements align well with the Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year criteria. from Indiana.
Recipients consistently demonstrate the highest levels of quality teaching for their students and leadership among their peers, according to a school press release. They will be honored May 26 at a Noblesville Schools Education Foundation Recognition Dinner.