By Jen Bakken
Delano’s Teacher of the Year, Teresa Langton has a high-energy approach to teaching that brings out the love of learning in each of her students, said Delano Elementary School Principal Darren Schuler.
“Teresa is a consummate team player,” he said. “She truly keeps the best interests of the children in mind.”
Having taught at Delano Elementary School for nearly 16 years, Langton feels honored to have been nominated as teacher of the year.
After graduating from Southwest State University in Marshall in 1992, she began her career in education at Delano Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher.
One of her most memorable teaching moments occurred during those kindergarten years. While her class was in the middle of finger painting, the fire alarm went off.
“Picture 23 5-year-olds, with finger paint from their finger tips to their elbows,” she remembered, with a laugh. “I had them put their hands up in the air and hoped they wouldn’t touch anything.”
Earning her master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in 1995, Langton moved to teaching third grade two years later.
“I really love teaching third graders,” Langton explained. “They are eager to learn and something always happens to make me laugh,”
Living in Buffalo with her husband, Jeff, and three children, Sean, Cera, and Dylan, she is a very involved parent. In her spare time, she enjoys attending her children’s school activities, walking, reading, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.
“She has fun with the students, but always maintains discipline and ensures that the children are learning,” commented DES middle school fourth grade teacher Neva Stoebner, who nominated Langton. “I have also served on several committees with Teresa and find her to be a dedicated worker. She is innovative, creative, thoughtful, warm and caring. In my opinion, Teresa is the epitome of an excellent teacher.”
Dedication to children and education is evident in the many activities Langton has been involved in.
As the k-5 targeted services coordinator, she organizes the after school Adventure Club and summer school programs.
Also, at DES, she has served on the Delano Teachers’ Association (DTA) executive council, the site base team and communication committee.
Langton has coached seventh and ninth grade girls’ basketball, mentored several new teachers, and hosted a student teacher. She is co-president of the Twin Cities Area Reading Council (TCAR) with Stoebner, which is an organization to promote literacy.
Langton will participate in the 44th annual Minnesota Teacher of the Year ceremony in May. The state award is given to a pre-k through 12th grade teacher from across the state.
Last year, Delano’s representative was Delano Elementary fourth grade teacher Paul Ludwig.