The Tompkins Trust Company presented Groton high school teacher Babs Carr with the Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Award at a Groton Central School District Board of Education meeting June 3.
Deborah Hoover, Vice President, Officer and Branch Manager at Tompkins Trust Company, presented Carr with a certificate and a monetary check.
“Babs is an invaluable faculty member of the Groton Junior-Senior High School,” Hoover said. “She is kind, caring, dedicated, hardworking and always puts kids first. She goes above and beyond in so many ways it’s hard to sum it all up.”
Carr teaches five different business courses, including a college and career prep class. She is also the community liaison for the school’s STEAM programs where, according to Hoover, she is “working hard to build partnerships with local businesses to create relevant and industry-aligned learning experiences for the students.”
“To engage students, not only does Babs arrange for guest speakers to come into the classroom to share their expertise with the students, but she also organizes site tours of local businesses, college seminars and professional conferences for her students to attend,” Hoover said.
Hoover also touched upon Carr’s extracurricular work at the school.
“As a senior class advisor, it was Babs’ goal to make sure that every senior enjoyed their last year and left with amazing memories to treasure for a lifetime,” Hoover said. “Babs has also spearheaded numerous charity events to raise money for local families in need. Babs does so much for the students, the school and the community. She is an invaluable team member and is always willing to do extra work, pitch in to help students and is very passionate about her work. She gives her whole heart to the kids.”
The award was established in 1989 by the Tompkins Trust Company in honor Raymond Van Houtte, who was the President and CEO from 1974 to 1989. According to Hoover, after he retired, the “Tompkins Trust Company created a $25,000 endowment, with earnings to be used to fund awards recognizing outstanding efforts in primary and secondary education in Tompkins County.” Since 1991, 96 teachers have been recognized with the award.
“These recipients were honored for their exceptional ability, effort and quantifiable results in improving primary and secondary education in Tompkins County,” Hoover said.
High School Principal Billie Downs shared her thoughts on why Carr was so deserving of the award.
“The amount of extra stuff that she does all the time for so many of our students, our school, our community, she is an invaluable member of our team,” Downs said. “Something that I think is so great and is a testament to the impact that she’s had on the students is that her own willingness to help others, her selflessness has rubbed off on her students … and that kind of impact lasts long beyond the years that the kids are here. That’s something that will keep on going and keep on giving.”