Toombs Central Elementary School
Phone: (912) 565-7781
Address: 6287 U.S. 1, Lyons, GA 30436
TCES Teacher of the Year:
Mrs. Becky Toole is the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Toombs Central Elementary School!!
My name is Becky Toole and I began teaching in the fall of 1989 after graduating from Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee. I am married to Steven Toole and have two grown children, Brooke Flowers and Megan Toole. All 28 years of my teaching career have taken place at Toombs Central Elementary School in Toombs County.
My personal belief about teaching is that the role of educating children is, and always has been, a calling that is put upon someone’s life. Many people have the ability to work with children and entertain them, but a true calling must take place to be able to lead children forward as students of learning. I sincerely believe that today’s teachers must be very intuitive to all the needs of their students, and also be willing to do whatever it takes to reach them. I have often said that it’s a very good thing that there are 26 letters in the alphabet, because sometimes you have to go through “Plans A, B, and keep going until you get to P” until you find something that works. A teacher’s job is seldom easy, but it often comes with great rewards. Seeing a child’s face light up from accomplishing a task on their own with success and watching their confidence grow in themselves are both very rewarding aspects of teaching to me.
My personal goal as a teacher is that my students do not see me as a perfect person who always gets everything right, but rather as someone who is constantly learning herself and makes mistakes along the way. I am constantly reminding my students that mistakes are part of our learning, and that as long as they are giving their best, it is okay if we sometimes get things “mixed up”. After all, that’s what erasers are for, right? One of the greatest lessons that I have learned from my years of experience in working with young children is that I am never too old to learn. I am constantly learning from my students as I watch them interact with one another, and I am continuously amazed at how their young brains work and process information. A child’s perception and perspective on a topic can be quite interesting, as well as enlightening, when we take the time to listen to what they have to say. Without a doubt, I believe that my calling in life has been to teach and work with children, not because I think I have everything figured out about teaching, but because I have come to understand that I will always be a student myself.