Tracy Lambert wants her students to dream and work hard.
Tracy Lambert decided to become a teacher one week in the middle of the summer before her senior year of high school.
She was working as a summer counselor at an environmental camp in western Maryland, and that week, they had special needs students at camp. It was then she realized how much she enjoyed teaching.
"It was that week that I felt the calling to become a teacher, a decision that I’m very thankful that I made," Lambert said in a statement.
She didn't always think she was going to go into the education industry. Before that fateful week, she had been thinking about pursuing a major in pharmacy after graduation. She was good at science as a student.
Now, as a third-grade teacher at Tomoka Elementary, she loves helping struggling students "fill the gaps in their learning so they can excel in the classroom." Being nominated as teacher of the year makes her feel humble.
"There are so many deserving teachers in our schools," Lambert said. "To be nominated by my peers is quite an honor.
If she could share one piece of wisdom with her students, it would be to work hard. She has a poster in her classroom that reads, "Dare to dream it, work to achieve it."
"Don’t let your dreams die just because you didn’t work hard," she said.