Andersen Elementary – Judy Bastemeyer, media specialist
Media specialist Judy Bastemeyer was named the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year at Andersen Elementary School.
“Reading to students is my favorite activity because it opens the door to so many worlds, from experiencing new places to learning about new technologies,” Bastemeyer said. “The conversations that happen when I’m reading a book are filled with awe-inspiring revelations.”
It can be a challenging time for educators, but she is undaunted. Bastemeyer, who started teaching at Union Public Schools in 2013, began her career in 1981.
“I continue to teach because I love teaching and it adds joy to my day,” Bastemeyer said. “There is nothing like seeing the expression on a child’s face when new learning clicks in their brain. Having engaging conversations with students feeds my soul.”