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2022 Celebrating Excellence in Education winner

Ruth Graber started her career at Pray-Woodman Elementary School as a para and realized she was meant for the classroom. After obtaining her license, she began to teach 4th grade. She says, “I have experienced the district on many levels, including parent, para, and teacher. The relationships I have made through the Maize community are priceless.” 


In her classroom, she focuses heavily on center and partner work to help her learners grow. Her biggest goal each school year is to make a difference in the lives of students and share her love of teaching with them. Her passion for the classroom boils down to wanting to see the growth in all of her students learning and witnessing the excitement when they understand a challenging concept.


During the past seven years, her students have taught her that she does not have all the answers. She shares, “They love when I learn something new alongside them. They encourage me to take more risks, be creative, and not always so serious.”