By Lindsie Hiatt, KRTV
Great Falls educators Callie Ross and Beth Britton have each been designated as a 2020 BNSF Railway Teacher of the Year
BNSF Railway Director of Public Affairs Maia LaSalle congratulated the two educators on their titles.“Congratulations to Ms. Beth Britton of C.M. Russell High School as well as Mrs. Callie Ross of Riverview Elementary. BNSF applauds your commitment to your classroom and your community!,” LaSalle said.
Moments after hearing the announcement, C.M. Russell High School journalism teacher Beth Britton shared her reaction upon hearing the news. “It's just such a good feeling to know that the hard work that you put into your job is being recognized,” Britton said.
Callie Ross, a third-grade teacher at Riverview Elementary School, said the award was nowhere on her radar. “When you’re in the lower grades...you kinda get lost in the shuffle. You know in the last couple years is when I first had kids graduate…I didn’t ever think that this would happen - not on the radar - I just wanted to go and connect with kids,” Ross said.
While Ross was unprepared to receive the distinction, Britton explained she had applied for the BNSF award previously, with the hope she could use the $2,500 award for her students.
“This is the second time I've applied for BNSF- knowing that the money can be used in my classroom or taking kids to the legislature to watch the reporters in action there….that’s what I really want to do with it, is get kids out and watching professional journalists,” Britton said.
Both Britton and Ross are passionate about their profession and hope their teaching makes a difference in the lives of their students. “My life is my job. I can’t imagine not doing it,” Britton said.
“They're not going to necessarily remember everything I taught but they’ll remember how I made them feel or that I came to their 4th grade dance recital or their flag football game. That’s what they remember,” Ross said.
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