BEL AIR, Md. - This morning was not unlike any other school day for students and teachers at Bel Air Middle School. Students filed into the gym for an assembly, but the day changed with this announcement, "Mrs. Rebecca Gault, 6 th grade Language Arts teacher would you please join me up here?"
Rebecca Gault, who has been teaching for more than 22 years, would soon learn she is one of the top five teachers in America. She will be honored with an induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, this coming June.
While Mrs. Gault is humbled her students and fellow teachers, are no surprised. Ray Burrows, who is in the 6 th grade says, "She makes class fun. Like usually when you think about Language Arts you're like ‘Ugh! Do I have to walk into class', but now kids are like speed up, speed up we got to go to Mrs. Gault's class"
Bel Air Middle School Principal, Sean Abel told ABC2, She has more knowledge about good teaching and how to relate to the kids than a lot of folks I have ever met. For her to get this honor it is an outstanding honor for her and for our school and I just couldn't be happier for her."
As for Mrs. Gault, she is grateful, "I teach at an amazing school with amazing students. Wonderful dedicated teachers who give their lives every day to students. I feel so really blessed to be a representative of the teaching profession.
An added bonus for the day, her children were on hand to see their mom get this top honor, "I'm really happy my mom got this award because even though I'm not there when she teachers, I think she's a great teacher," her son Joshua, who is in 3rd grade, told us. His older sister, Anna, in the 5th grade, agrees, "It's hard to explain how proud I am of my mom. It is so amazing that she got to get this award and I'm really proud of her."
Rebecca Gault is the first woman and the third teacher from Maryland to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The celebrations will be held in June in Emporia, Kansas.