Lilliemarie Gore, 35, is the teacher every parent hopes their child has one day.
On Thursday night, she was announced as Alachua County’s teacher of the year.
Teaching the minds of Idylwild Elementary School’s fourth graders, she knows her mission extends far beyond the walls of her classroom.
Despite overcrowded and underfunded educational facilities, Gore expects nothing but excellence from her students. “I want to teach them how to be people, how to be great citizens,” Gore said. In addition to her daily teaching schedule, Gore also directs the 21st Century Learning program after school to give extra help to students interested in math, robotics, and writing.
Gore’s real mission, far beyond teaching the math and science lessons, is to make every student feel loved, capable, and confident.
“I just teach them how to love,” Gore said, “how to go through life with a positive attitude, and how to treat each other great. Not just treating people nice, but treating them great — going above and beyond.”