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Hampton honored by Shelor Motor Mile

By DAVID GRAVELY

editor@southwesttimes.com

Critzer Elementary School staff kept a secret this week.

At around 10:45 a.m. they called the classroom of Mrs. Thelma Hampton and asked her to report to the principal’s office. When she arrived, it was not for what she expected.

“I thought something was wrong or I had found a way to get into trouble,” Hampton said with a laugh afterward. “This was a very pleasant surprise and I’m very grateful.”

The surprise was a visit from Michelle Carlson, the coordinator for Shelor Motor Mile’s Growing the Future Program. Each month the group recognizes a teacher from Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties and Radford City.

“Teachers who go above and beyond for their students are nominated by principals from each school in those counties,” Carlson said. “We look at those and pick a teacher from each school system to recognize. It’s not much that we give them – just a basket with goodies and a tote bag – I truly think the recognition of their efforts from their leadership and peers is what means the most.

Hampton was nominated for dedication to her students, Carlson added. “She is always striving to create effective methods and maximizing student learning opportunities. She is an inspiration to both her students and her co-workers, specifically in discovering a student’s purpose and potential.”

Carlson said good character and integrity are pillars to Hampton.

“She invests a lot of time to teach her students responsibility, honesty and how to help others. Another fact that can’t be ignored is that she always has a positive word and a smile to share,” Carlson said.

“We’re all very proud of Mrs. Hampton for receiving this recognition,” Critzer Elementary School Principal Amy E. Williams said. “She is a fine representative of the quality of our teachers here at Critzer. Our faculty and staff work extremely hard to provide not only a great learning environment for our Critters but also a caring and encouraging one.”

Hampton said, “I feel very blessed and humbled to receive this. Working with these young students is wonderful. It’s a great feeling to watch them learn and grow.”

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