Cedarville High School recently recognized Whitney Armer, who teaches Social Studies, as 2021 Cedarville High School Teacher of the Year.
Armer shared her reaction to the award in a Facebook post. “Y’all it’s been a rough year for me both personally and then add in the pandemic. This is going to sound very trite but it is the absolute truth! Many days my students were the only thing that made me get out of bed. I could not be more shocked or honored than to receive this award. Teaching in a pandemic is hard but TOTALLY worth every second!” She later clarifies her “rough year” statement for this article by adding, “As far as when I refer to my personal life being rough… I lost my father and [my son] Noah was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Treva Rice, Distance Learning Director and Cheer Coach at Cedarville High School, reflects on the uncertainty of the school year and describes Whitney as a leader during the pandemic. “One of my dearest lifelong friends was that teacher this year. The one who despite all the things she faced in her personal life came to school every day and helped lead us through this pandemic. She has pulled us along (sometimes dragging us while we were kicking and screaming) in her Whitney way as we have all tried to navigate the unknown. One memory that sticks out in my mind is when we were trying to get work from the students during lockdown. Her father in law made a box to deposit papers. It is outside the front door to the high school. She would call kids and their parents, text them, send up smoke signals whatever it took to make sure they all had and did what they needed to do to finish the school year successfully. That is just the beginning of all she has done this year.”
Congratulations Mrs. Armer!