Beth McGarr named WCCO Excellent Educator

Beth McGarr named WCCO Excellent Educator
Posted on 11/01/2017
WCCO's Kim Johnson surprises Beth and her student on Wednesday morning with the award.

Congratulations, Beth!

Early on Wednesday morning on October 25th, Beth was assisting a student with a visual impairment at Red Oak Elementary. Together, they toggled the keys of a brailler as Paige, Beth's guide dog, sat nearby.

Suddenly, filing into the room were coworkers, Special Ed administrators, and her husband, all preceded by WCCO's Kim Johnson, her microphone, and her camera operator.

Kim announced that Beth was being awarded as an "Excellent Educator" and Beth, taken aback, didn't respond at first, but managed a "Thank you?" to Kim as she was congratulated further.

"Did we surprise you?" Kim asked, holding the microphone to Beth.

"Uh, yeah!"

Beth McGarr is an Itinerant Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired and a vital team member of SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288. She is currently assigned to travel to Red Oak Elementary School in the Shakopee Public School District as well as Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District to assist and support students and staff.

Jody Seurer, fellow Itinerant Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, nominated Beth for the award and created a braille translation for Beth on the award itself.

Thank you to Beth for going above and beyond to provide support to children and the community, and for being a stellar example of SouthWest Metro's talented and hardworking staff.

Watch the video!