Tracy Hein has been selected as the 2016-17 District 549 Teacher of the Year!
Each year, the PEA (Perham Education Association) nominates and votes for the Teacher of the Year.
Tracy has had quite a history in the Perham-Dent School District. She was first hired on in 1982 to coach Varsity Volleyball. She substitute taught and filled some long term substitute positions for four years before being hired on full time at the Dent Elementary School in 1986. She taught Third Grade for two years before switching to Second Grade where she has been ever since. In 1998, Tracy transferred to Heart of the Lakes Elementary.
Tracy is not just a teacher, she is involved in all sorts of activities in and out of school. On behalf of the school, she has served on various committees, including PEA School Rep, Social Studies Curriculum, Literacy Group, Continuing Education Clock Hour Recorder, Building Leadership Team Representative, Student Assistance Team, 549 Family Foundation Teacher Representative, Booster Club, and I Love to Read Month. Tracy is also a 30+ year member of Alpha Delta Kappa, and now serves as President for the local area chapter Alpha Theta. Tracy also volunteers for many community activities as well.
You may ask where Tracy finds her motivation for education. She comes from a long line of educators: her grandmother, father, and mother were all educators and now her own children are in the education field. She says, “It is in our blood!”
Here are a few quotes from others about Tracy's dedication to Perham-Dent Schools:
- calling each student’s parents several times throughout the school year to touch base (this usually happens in the evenings when she is able to reach many parents)
- using music as both a teaching tool and a way to connect with students.
- inviting parents into the classroom on a regular basis to participate in the learning activities at school
- She is a wonderful mentor to new teachers offering ideas, support and encouragement
- attending after school and evening activities (extra-curricular) that her students and former students participate in
- serving on many different committees at school and in the community
- setting high expectations for her students and working consistently to help children achieve goals and dreams