Saturday, May 10, 2014

Teacher Of The Year

The milking machines were humming as the cows contentedly gave their milk. Only an occasional "moo"  broke the silence. Just another typical Thursday evening milking session on Bremer Farms. At 6:00 I turned to Farmer John and said, "Well, do you think we are the parents of Teacher Of The Year, yet?" You see, daughter Sara was nominated by her peers as a finalist for our school district's Teacher Of The Year. Sara was surprised to be nominated, and of course we all felt just being nominated was a great honor, but deep down this proud mom (me) hoped she would receive the title. 

A few moo-ments later, John and I both turned towards the door, as we heard it slowly creep open. There stood Sara in her dress and jeans jacket, complemented with her slightly manure covered barn boots. "Well?" I said. With a bit of a smile on her face, she presented the Teacher Of The Year plaque she had been hiding under her jeans jacket!

Not a great photo, but still a moment worth capturing.

It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of our daughter... today and every day. She is part of an amazing team of over 300 dedicated teachers in our school district that educates 4,700 students, but I bet she is the only teacher that would make the milking barn her first stop after receiving this award!

Sara after being named Hastings Teacher Of The Year.


  1. Congratulations to Sara! I love that you shared this moment in the milk barn. Very fitting to share this wonderful moos -- I mean, news! :)

    1. Thanks Sami. We have a lot of family meetings and discussions in the barn while milking, so why not share our good news there also!