Deborah teaches 1st grade at Middleton S. Elliott Elementary School in Beaufort, South Carolina. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia. She received her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood from Oglethorpe University. "Watching my students begin to respond to situations as independent problems solvers gives me the most satisfaction. I know this is the key to being life-long learners. By designing an environment and relationships for success, by adjusting to best practices, and by teaming with others, I let my students, parents, and colleagues know: This is important. You can do it. And I won't give up on you." A principal writes, "Not only does Miss Walter teach with skill and expertise, but she also teaches with enthusiasm, love, and compassion."

2005 winner, Deborah Walter
Deborah Walter
1st Grade Teacher
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