Middleton teacher nominated for major award

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 --- 5:00 p.m.

Middleton --- Pernille Ripp, or better known as "Mrs. Ripp," is a mother of three at home. But at school, she treats her 5th graders, as if they were her own.

"Being a teacher isn't just about me, I can't be a teacher without amazing kids that believe in me, and that trust in me," said Ripp.

Mrs. Ripp, is only working a half-day Friday, because she's on her way to Washington, D.C. She is one of five people nominated for a "Bammy Award," otherwise known as the, "Oscar" for teachers.

"I got an e-mail from the academy congratulating me, and in it they also attached why they nominated me," said Ripp.

"Global Read Aloud," is what put her West Middleton classroom on the map. It's a project she started three years ago. Making her kids read the same book as others across the world, then use technology to discuss it with those overseas.

"The world is so small now, and we need to prepare students to be global citizens otherwise they can't make a difference in the world," said Ripp.

While passion is what she has, it's her philosophy that defines her.

"It's not about me, it's never about me, because I'm just a part of their life, and without the kids, it wouldn't matter," said Ripp.

It not only matters to her students, now it has gotten nationwide attention.

"So if I get to go out there, and show off what our kids do everyday, or tell people about the kids, here in Middleton, and what they can do, that's really winning for me," said Ripp.

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