The first grade teacher was recently recognized by EFCO and The Monett Times as May's Teacher of the Month. The award was announced during a morning assembly, and it was a surprise to Dalton.
"To be recognized for all the hard work and dedication I put into my classroom and students is an honor," said Dalton. "I'm rewarded every day as my students learn and grow, and to see that the community recognizes my dedication is very rewarding."
Dalton was nominated for the award by Christin Janssen, who describes Dalton as possessing a love for her students and other children in the community.
"Julie loves her students and finds ways to reach out to each of them individually," wrote Janssen. "She teaches the whole class but in a way that engages each student and their different learning styles and needs.
"Julie is passionate about each of her students achieving their full potential in both classroom learning and life lessons as well," continued Janssen.
Dalton, who holds a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University, has been teaching for three years. She is currently working on her master's of education degree from Drury University.
Dalton said she was attracted to the field of education because of the opportunity to guide students to success and make a difference in their lives.
In addition to teaching first grade at Monett, Dalton serves as the assistant high school girls basketball coach. She and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, Shaylin and Kelsey.
When she is not teaching, Dalton enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughters swim.
The Teacher of the Month award comes with a plaque and a $250 check from EFCO. Dalton said she plans to use the money to purchase reading and math tools that will be "shared among the first grade classrooms to help increase student engagement."
The Teacher of the Month program is a joint effort sponsored by EFCO, a Pella company, and The Monett Times. Any public or private school kindergarten through 12th grade teacher in Monett, Purdy, Verona, Pierce City or Freistatt is eligible for the award. Nominations can be made by students, parents or fellow educators.
The program will begin again next fall. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.