Every year the faculty at Salem Junior High votes on who should be teacher of the year. This is an award that teachers give to one of their colleagues who represents everything that makes a teacher great. This year, Kristen Van De Graaff was chosen because she lives and breathes everything that makes a good teacher.
Mrs. Van De Graaff does a lot for this school and our students. She is involved in several important leadership roles at this school and always looks ahead with the goal of making a better learning environment for our students. She is a teacher who has a lot of passion for her content and her students. One thing that we admire about Mrs. Van De Graaff is that she always asks the hard questions and doesn't settle for easy answers. She pushes herself and others, and she does so with an infectous laugh and positive disposition.
This is why we are happy to have Mrs. Van De Graaff at our school and chose her to be teacher of the year.