By Jacob Herbert
Clinton County Chatter
While they are very important in educating our youth, Salary.com says teachers are the fourth-most underpaid profession. However, one DeWitt teacher has found a way to rise above the rest and was recognized by the Michigan Lottery with the Excellence in Education Award.
Cammie Jones has been teaching the third and fourth grade at Scott Elementary in DeWitt for 13 years. She received her undergrad from Wheelock College in Boston and holds a master’s degree in literary instruction from Michigan State University.
Jones said she was drawn to education because she loves working with older elementary school kids because they can maintain a high enthusiasm for learning, they are very capable of writing at a high level and are able to keep up and have very thoughtful conversation.
“I love seeing a child discover their strength,” said Jones. “I love listening and watching them learn how powerful they are.”
While Jones does love working with the more mature elementary students, she said that she often encounters behavioral, motivational and academic challenges with her students.
“I try my best to set a tone for the whole class and find motivation to help them behave,” said Jones.
As for the academic challenges she faces, Jones said she often tries to find different ways to present the material and that often helps her students understand.
The Michigan Lottery created the award to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state. According to wxyz.com, winners of this award receive a $500 cash prize and a $500 grant to be used in the educators classroom, school or school district. The teacher will also have a feature on WXYZ in Detroit as well as FOX 47 in Lansing and FOX 17 in Grand Rapids.
The Michigan Lottery has also teamed up with Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo. Izzo presents each educator with the award and tickets to a game at the Breslin Center.
With the $500 she received from the award, Jones said she used the money to purchase Google Chromebooks for her entire class. Jones’ class has used these laptops to construct a survey for the entire school to fill out which they used results from to solve an erosion problem at school. They have also used the Chromebooks for things such as presentations in class.
Jones said she didn’t even know the award existed before she received it but she is very grateful for the families that took time to nominate her for the award and appreciates the Michigan Lottery taking the time to honor elementary teachers.