Teachers of the Year: Krista Langlois
Teachers of the Year: Krista Langlois
Posted on 08/02/2018
Krista Langlois points at a "quilt" made of cards that students use to describe themselvesBy Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Krista Langlois’s teaching philosophy can be described in one word: “empowerment.”

“I’m not here to tell my students what’s important,” she said. “I’m here to give them the tools so they can find out what’s important on their own.”

Langlois is Owen Middle’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, and at the May school board meeting she was named Owen District Teacher of the Year. The eighth-grade English language arts teacher has spent her entire 14-year teaching career at the middle school level, because she wants her students to believe in themselves and feel loved. It’s a necessary prerequisite to learning, she said.

“Middle school is a really important time in a kid’s life, when they build the foundation for the rest of their life,” she said. “This is the time when they have to create their own identity, their own destiny. And it’s an honor to be with them for it.”

She said her classroom often looks chaotic from the outside, but chaos and creativity are two sides of the same coin.

“I see hands-on, down-and-dirty learning,” she said. “We’re up and moving around the room, going here and there, talking to each other, rearranging the room. You see a lot of energy, but I see engagement. They may be loud, but their talking about why a character of some book did what he did.”

Her classroom is like a lively forum with discussions about motivation, cause-and-effect, the context of literary works, and popular culture. It’s where children start to grow up and decide who they are.

“My students are filled with this humanity that not a lot of people can see,” she said. “When I see them, I see the future.”

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Langlois is one of seven classroom teachers selected as a district teacher of the year out of the 1,700 teachers in the BCS system. She and the other six district winners will be featured in an upcoming special video produced by the BCS Communications Department. One of the seven district winners will be selected as the overall BCS Teacher of the Year.
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