By Katie Collins
Brush News-Tribune Staff Writer
Just as her mother andgrandmother both enjoyedthe fruits of their teachingprofessions, so too doesBeaver Valley TitleI/Intervention Teacher AnnBloemker. This third generationinstructor brings not only the talents of her family genepool to her third throughfifth grade students, but alsonearly 40 years of teachingexperience to the schoolwhere she and husbandGary, a fifth grade teacher,both work to better the livesof each student they see.For her experience, enthu-siasm and passion for edu-cation, Ann has been select-ed by her peers to receive the2012 Crystal Apple Awardfor Beaver Valley Elementary School.As an Intervention teacher,Bloemker handles two class-es each of third, fourth andfifth grade students who arestruggling in reading andmath. Bloemker, in effect,‘intervenes’ into the minds of those students who need alittle extra help in keepingup with or catching up totheir peers with their studiesin those subject areas.“Ann accurately assessesthe strengths of her own stu-dents and uses thosestrengths to help each indi-vidual student reach theirfullest potential,” notedDistrict Office receptionistHilary Hansen in her nomi-nation of Bloemker. “Annindividualizes as much aspossible to take each stu-dent from where they are toget them where they need tobe in reading,” she contin-ued.“She is a great team mem-ber, willing to change andgrow with the changing staff,administration and curricu-lum. Ann is an excellent rolemodel for her students aswell as other staff members.”“I think the best thingabout teaching reading iswatching children get excit-ed about a book,” saidBloemker. “They get really involved with it and want totake it home. And I also lovewatching them go out of theroom with the book becausethey don’t want to put itdown,” she continued. “Nowthat is an 'aha' moment forme.” The enthusiasm she hasfor her students and theireducation resonates throughthe halls of Beaver Valley and has, by no means, goneunnoticed. Even her fellowstaff members throughoutthe district have seen theresults of Bloemker’s zeal.“Ann is such a positive,caring, compassionate per-son,” said Hansen. “Shecares deeply for her stu-dents. She has a great rap-port with not only her stu-dents but with their parentsas well.”For Bloemker, her careerin teaching obviously beganwith the family spark thatignited in her a mission.Growing up in WesternKansas, Bloemker felt thereweren’t a lot of choices when
Ann Bloemker...Beaver Valley Elementary School
Third generation teacher brings encouragement
CRYSTAL APPLE • BRUSH NEWS-TRIBUNE • WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012
Beaver Valley Intervention Teacher Ann Bloemker reads with some of her third grade stu-dents during their intervention class.