The Smyrna School District Teachers of the Year were announced at the May 14 Smyrna School Board meeting. Computer Technology teacher Heather Marr received the honor for Smyrna Middle School.

Marr recently took a few minutes to talk with the Sun-Times what she loves about working in the Smyrna School District and receiving the teacher of the year award.

Q Why did you get into education?

A As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to teach. I can remember playing school with my sister when we were younger and I always just knew I was going to grow up to be a teacher.

Q How do you feel about receiving the award?

A I am truly honored to be named the Smyrna Middle School Teacher of the Year. I work with an amazing staff that all go above and beyond for their students each and every day. For them to have chosen me to represent them, I feel completely blessed.

Q What do you enjoy about your job?

A There are many things that I enjoy about my job, the students, my co-workers are just a few. Each day, my students make my job interesting. They always have a different perspective on something or a story that they are eager to share. I enjoy watching them mature over the course of the year, becoming young adults along the way. My co-workers are like an extended family. Any one of them would help out any other person. They are people you can confide in, complain to, cry to, and rejoice with over anything, professional or personal.

Q What do you like about working in the Smyrna School District?

A The things I like about working in the district are the same as working in the Middle School, the people. Everyone makes the district feel like a big family. You can call on anyone and they will help you in any way they can or at least tell you who can.

Q What does it take to be a teacher?

A It takes several things to be a teacher including patience, determination, perseverance, and above all a love for children and learning.