Masons award ‘Teacher of the Year’

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Staff Writer

A 31-year career Big Spring ISD educator received the Mirabeau B. Lamar Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the local Masonic Lodge Wednesday afternoon.
“Right now I am overwhelmed,” said Robin Ritchey, Big Spring Junior High School’s long-time librarian. “I feel like it’s very undeserving actually. I am very honored that they have this award and they’ve honored educators with it every year.”
Ritchey received the award from Bo Clawson and Ray Baker, members of the Staked Plains Masonic Lodge 598 in front of her co-workers in the Junior High library. She was nominated by her principal, Rebecca Otto.
“Mrs. Ritchey has been employed by the Big Spring Independent School District for 31 years, yet she remains young-hearted and inspiring as if she had stepped through our doors for the first time yesterday,” Otto writes in her recommendation letter.
Otto describes Ritchey as a model for the students as a life-long learner and is “amazingly efficient and welcoming into the library.”
“Mrs. Ritchey encourages students to be constantly looking to the future with her college-themed center displays and continual push to pull the best from students,” Otto writes. “All this while encouraging them to take pride in their here and now – as a Big Spring Steer.”
Ritchey has been employed with Big Spring ISD 31 of the 32 years of her education career. She has served as the junior high librarian since the 1999-2000 school year.