Mount Pleasant Names Citizen of the Month

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Beth Eastep, a math teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School, is the town’s October 2012 Citizen of the Month.

“I’m very honored to receive this acknowledgement,” Eastep said. ” I know that many educators are working as hard, if not harder, to do the same things that I do every day. I feel that when one of us is recognized, it is a ‘high five’ for all of us. In saying that, I am very happy to take one for the team!”

Eastep is among an elite group of educators in the state who were selected as Common Core coaches in the South Central Region. Out of 400 applicants, she was one of 200 coaches hired to train other teachers across Tennessee in the rigorous educational standards of the “Common Core Curriculum.”
“This has been some of the most informative work I’ve done in my 14 years of teaching,” Eastep said. “Common Core has been selected by 46 states and will be fully implemented by 2015. These standards are across the board, not just for math. They are allowing for more conceptual understanding in the classroom and more equality across the USA. I really believe that this is what education will look like from here on out, not just a wave in the classroom. I’m so fired up about playing such a huge role in a first of education in Tennessee.”

Eastep completed rigorous Common Core training on weekends during March and April, as well as during a week in June. She worked three weeks in the summer training other teachers on the same material, and is continuing through the school year as a “go to” for teachers in the South Central Region. So far, Eastep has trained 120 third grade teachers in the Bedford County area, and about 200 in Maury and surrounding counties.

Beth and her husband Scotty have two daughters, Rieves, 11, a student at Mount Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts, and Lila, 5, who is in Pre-K at MPES and also attends Ms. Holly’s Playhouse two days a week.

The Easteps are an extremely busy family: “We had an exchange student from China, Qing, last school year and have another this year from Moldova, Irina. Our daughters are involved in travel soccer, activities at school, and dance. I am a member of Junior Auxiliary of Columbia and Beta Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educator’s honor society. Our family attends Destiny Church in Columbia and we try to give as much time as we can helping others and serving the Lord.”

Beth says that while tremendously honored by being named Citizen of the Month, she is part of a larger picture composed of many dedicated educators. “We are offering the children a wonderful education in Maury County,” she said. “I am so glad to be part of this system and very honored to be part of all the great things happening at MPES.”

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