By June Bonasera, County10.com
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Sue Bodar has been teaching kindergarten in Dubois for close to three decades, since moving to the community in August of 1983. This year, Bodar has been nominated for Wyoming Teacher of the Year, and is the Fremont County District #2 Teacher of the Year.
“I feel honored to have been chosen by my peers,” she said of the recognition. “I love my job, Bodar continued,” it is so rewarding to work with children and see the light bulb go off as they learn”.
Bodar grew up in Nebraska and graduated from University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Upon graduating, she got out a map and identified locations in the Rocky Mountain West where she was interested in relocating to in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado; places she had spent time visiting on family vacations as a child. Dubois was hiring and, as they say, the rest is history.
Bodar has lived and taught in Dubois for the following 29 years, teaching reading, art, music, social skills, writing and illustration and even beginning computer skills to her kindergarten students. She teaches from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day with children who are teacher led and directed the entire time.
“There are so many things that make Sue such a valuable teacher,” said Brandon Farris, Fremont County District #2 elementary schools principal. “We want our children to have a good start and great foundation in their educational career. Sue not only gets the children to a level where they are ready to learn, she makes learning fun.”
When she isn’t in the classroom, Bodar is busy volunteering for number of community groups and organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Dubois and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. “Since the first day I came to Dubois, I have never been lacking for finding things to do in terms of community organizations” she said.
The Wyoming Teacher of the Year will be selected from the district winners later in the year. According to the requirements of the program, the Wyoming Teacher of the Year must be a Wyoming certified classroom teacher in a state-approved or accredited school, kindergarten through grade twelve, who plans to continue an active teaching career. Teachers must inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; be poised, articulate, and have the energy to withstand a busy schedule; and
demonstrate high levels of academic achievement for his/her students.