There is no question that Kymberly Showers pushes our students to dig deeper as they work to master difficult skills and concepts. She has high expectations and holds them accountable, but as hard of a teacher as she is, the students know that no matter how much she expects of them, she will work alongside them to help them to accomplish more than they thought they could.
Students and alumni find many ways to thank teachers for the life-changing work that they do. In 1993, Edith-Marie Appleton from the Class of 1937 thanked her former teacher and close friend in a remarkable way. She gave $1 million to honor Elinor Rice Fuchs. As the drama teacher, “Ricey” devoted long hours after school to guide the rehearsal of wonderful plays, to listen to her students, and to offer wise counsel with a healthy mixture of laughter and gravitas. The School has chosen to honor these twin attributes of promoting excellence and building special relationships with students by identifying an Elinor Rice Fuchs Distinguished Teacher each year.
In order to be eligible for the award, a member of the faculty must have taught at Roycemore for a minimum of FIVE years and must not have received the award in any of the last five years.
As the committee met this year to select a recipient for this award, they all agreed that this teacher is more than deserving. As with most of our faculty, the reason they work tirelessly is for the students— certainly not for the recognition. This teacher’s name comes up in nearly every conversation when students are asked what teachers have had a profound influence on them. Alumni also keep coming back to our campus because of the impact that this teacher had on them— inspiring many of them to pursue science after Roycemore. There is no question that this teacher pushes our students to dig deeper as they work to master difficult skills and concepts. She has high expectations and holds them accountable, but as hard of a teacher as she is, the students know that no matter how much she expects of them, she will work alongside them to help them to accomplish more than they thought they could. She can often be found at school at 7:00 or 8:00 pm at night helping a student because she is so committed to their success. But that is not the only place this teacher has an impact. You might find her making signs for lockers to welcome new students to Roycemore. You might find her working with student government. As students were making final preparations for the fall musical and spring play productions she showed up with costumes that she made for them. You might see her keeping score at the basketball game. Believe it or not, you are just as likely to see her cleaning out the refrigerator and washing dishes in the faculty lounge.
- “She is the most amazing, supportive teacher and person in general.”
- “She has been a steady influence. She has a way of introducing a subject so that everyone understands. If scientific knowledge was presented so people understood more, it would be so much better. She made me feel more confident that I could go into a field without being something that I’m not.”
- “When there are troubles I feel like I can go to Mrs. Showers.”
Mrs. Showers received this award on Monday June 4th and we are proud to name Kymberly Showers as the Elinor Rice Fuchs Distinguished Teacher of the Year.