Teacher of the Year: Murray ‘gives 110 percent’ at Bob Sikes

bob sikes TOTY peggy murray teacher of the year

Bob Sikes Elementary School students Cheala Ferguson and Adian Canuto learn math from their teacher Peggy Murray.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th article in a series on north Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

CRESTVIEW — Peggy Murray, who teaches kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at Bob Sikes Elementary School, has a formula for cultivating math and reading skills.

Facilitating activity stations with hands-on activities, coupled with goal setting, is the combination for success in this classroom.

"If they feel like they can accomplish (a task), then they are willing to do a little bit more when you raise the bar," Murray said.

Students sound out words with the help of vowel cards and read stories twice: first to a teaching assistant and then to Murray.  

Positive reinforcement is another component, Murray said.

"We are constantly telling them how great they are at it," she said. 



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