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April 8, 2013

Southard at Deming Elementary named Teacher of the Year

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County School Corp., in conjunction with the Vigo County Teachers Association, today announced the selection of Jodi Southard as the 2014 VCSC Teacher of the Year.

Southard, a first grade teacher at Deming Elementary School, is a dedicated, innovative teacher that truly has the interest of all children at heart, states the VCSC release. “Mrs. Southard consistently and continually goes above and beyond what is expected of a teacher, especially in this time of educational reform. Her classroom is exciting and a trusted learning environment for children.

“Mrs. Southard is a wonderful example of caring for her students and other children,” the release states. “[She] definitely has a heart of a teacher. She has raised $10,500 for a family with medical expenses from a heart transplant their daughter warrants from a heart disease.”

“I am very fortunate to work in a profession where I have the ability to change the future one child at a time,” Southard says in the release. “I firmly believe that teachers can make an enormous impact on the lives of their students, if they are willing to work hard to meet the academic and emotional needs of every child. My role as a teacher is to find ways to reach every child and provide the best possible learning environment. I strive to have a safe and caring classroom where every child is encouraged to participate and develop a love of learning. I want students to love to learn and want to continue to be life-long learners.”

Southard has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Indiana State University  and a master in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Professionally, she is a National Teacher Leader. The release also notes that Southard is a published teacher (”The Mailbox”) and a teacher leader that authors a teaching blog with more than 1.5 million plus hits and presently has 3,200 members that follow her educationally. She also is in the top 20 all-time sellers and has earned highest rating seller of Indiana in a dot com national teacher business (

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