COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” Roxanne Thomas is a second-grade teacher at Coesse Elementary School and has taught for 40 years in Whitley County.
Administrators, students and faculty will miss the long-time educator when she retires in June.
But itâ€™s not necessarily the longevity of Thomas in the classroom that makes her CESâ€™s Difference Maker. Her dedication to her students puts Thomas in a class all her own.
â€śShe approaches her work with a singular dedication to her students,â€ť said Laura McDermott, CES principal. â€śShe is tenacious when it comes to her students mastering second-grade standards.
â€śEach day, Mrs. Thomas is the first to arrive in the building, and is always one of the last to leave. She approaches change as a new challenge, and continues to work to incorporate new information into her practices.â€ť
McDermott estimates that Thomas has educated more than 800 children during her tenure with Whitley County Consolidated Schools.