Beth Hubner

Beth Hubner of Clinton, Wis., has 20 years of experience teaching students in 4th through 8th grades at St. Peter School in South Beloit and St. James School in Rockford. She now teaches fourth grade at Rockford’s All Saints Academy. Having initially desired a show business career, Beth loves to find creative ways to bring lessons home to the class, such as with unique props or plays. “I am never satisfied until I know a lesson has sunk in and has become meaningful to all my students.” For example, a fellow teacher shared that after her class read The Lemonade War, Beth “launched a school-wide campaign to create and market the best lemonade stands imaginable. The whole school was invited to participate in and enjoy the results of the students’ creative efforts.” Another teacher at All Saint’s wrote that Beth’s students use Chromebooks daily to research and complete projects, but that she also takes them outside the class “to apply their lessons to real life situations as they problem solve together. Each year, she takes her class to Camp Atwood for three days and two nights.” Beth encourages students to celebrate diversity and to find it everywhere, not just in school. Each quarter, the class works at the Cornucopia Food Pantry for an entire morning where they can “practice respect for others who are different.” She also takes them to a nursing home to appreciate age diversity as they read poetry to the residents, attend Mass and share their musical talents with them. Other “outside the schoolroom” learning opportunities Beth provides include science fairs, field trips, Scholastic Bowl, Geography Bee and Homework Club. She created the homework club to provide extra assistance to those needing help with homework or just a more conducive study environment. Beth also knows the importance of family support to a child’s educational success. She creates relationships with students’ parents by attending events, sending weekly newsletters, responding quickly to emails and chatting when- and wherever possible. In her recommendation letter, one of Beth’s peers wrote, “The energy, creativity and commitment that Beth brings to all facets of the teaching profession place her in a league of her own. At the same time, she helps build a joyful sense of community in which all are working with, and for, one another. And she does it all with great humor and humility.”