2019 Teacher of the Year:
Erica Boomsma is a dedicated elementary teacher in the Huron School District. Passionate and driven to teach from a young age, she was inspired by excellent teachers. For 16 years, she has had the honor of empowering all students to become lifelong learners and to strive for their dreams.
With a Master in Curriculum and Education, Boomsma contributes to her district’s efforts to improve student success and school culture. Serving on many committees and as a mentor, she also acts as a SIOP coach. She has taken on leadership and collaborative roles in curriculum development. She has assisted in prioritizing standards, developed a school-wide fluency class, and piloted Social Emotional Learning curriculum.
Celebrating diversity and encouraging empathy while improving student understanding and retention, is very important to Boomsma. Teaching students from around the world, she strives to bring learning to life through experiences and innovative activities. Her greatest joys and accomplishments are found in her students’ enthusiasm to learn and their successes as they achieve things they never thought they could while working together as a “family” without bias.
Boomsma loves her profession and even more, the students she teaches. She believes every child regardless of race, gender, creed, or socioeconomic status can learn. She advocates for all students’ rights to a strong education and the opportunity to succeed. There is nothing in this world that she would rather do. For Boomsma, it is her dream come true; her lifelong goal fulfilled – she is a teacher!