Judy Platt doesn’t like the spotlight, but that’s exactly what she got at Monday’s Smith-Green Community School Board meeting.
Platt was honored as the Teacher of the Month.
Platt has taught fourth grade at Churubusco Elementary School for 22 years. She began her teaching career while working for Cindy Zollinger, also a fourth teacher at CES.
“Judy came in with a passion for students from the very beginning and continues with that same intense passion today,” said Zollinger.
“It is never easy to share a class with a student teacher, but I was very comfortable with Judy. She was eager to learn and coming in as an ‘older’ student teacher gave her a vantage point that many do not have,” said Zollinger.
Janet Lantz said, “Although I’ve long admired Judy’s creativity, practicality and sense of humor, what stands out most to me is how she treats Eli, my third grade son. She takes the time to ask him about the sports he’s playing and greets him at Fort Wayne Komets games. She takes an interest in his day and as a parent this means so much and Eli appreciates it too.”
Michael McPeak shared his appreciation, noting, “Judy has been a wonderful colleague and friend. She has helped me out since day one. I always know that I can run an idea past her and she’ll let me know what she thinks about it. Judy’s dedication to our kids is nothing but awesome. I’ve been so lucky to be able to work with her.”
Shellie Miller, CES principal, said Platt has created a lasting legacy and contributed a great deal to the education of CES students.
“We wish her all the best in her retirement,” said Miller.