Bill Day, or Mr. Bill as his students know him, was name DC’s Teacher of the year today. Mayor Vincent Gray surprised him during an all-school assembly at Two Rivers Public Charter School this morning and presented him with a $5000 check. Day has been teaching middle school math at the Northeast school for three years. (Full disclosure: my son was in his class three years ago. Our children are no longer Two Rivers students.)
Two Rivers education model follows an experiential, hands-on model whenever possible, even in math. The school is a high-performing charter that serves students pre-school through 8th grade. Two Rivers parent Manda Kelley said “Mr. Bill is an amazing teacher. He has helped my daughter gain confidence in her math skills. He is also her “crew” leader. Mr. Bill shows how much he cares about his students every day. He stays late and gives his all just to make sure his students succeed. Mr. Bill and all the teachers at Two Rivers are the best!”
The Teacher of the Year is chosen by a panel of educators and parents from a group of nominees coming from both traditional DCPS and charter schools. Last year’s winner Julia King was a math teacher at DC Prep, another charter.
One of Day’s 6th grade students, Sam Collins had this to say about his favorite teacher. “Mr. Bill is really patient and really nice and works really hard. He teaches us a lot and makes it really fun. He is not only teaching a lot of the Middle school classes but he is also teaching a College Student on how to be a Math teacher. He also coordinated a grill cheese sale in which we made over $300 so that people who didn’t have time to eat during winter showcases had food to eat.”