The purpose of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is to honor individuals and groups who “have selflessly devoted many hours to make our community a better place to live,” maintained President Lori Feldbauer.
One honoree Jan. 31 was Distinguished Educator Anne Amrhein, a 29-year Batesville Community School Corp. employee who now is the Batesville Intermediate School and Batesville Middle School librarian.
The Batesville native called the achievement “an honor and a great pleasure ... An honor because I know that education is valued in our community and so this award is important, and because I know how many excellent teachers there are in our schools. It’s a pleasure because not only are my family, friends and colleagues here celebrating with me, I see many faces out there that I have enjoyed working with.”
She recalled, “I have loved teaching from the very first day” in a Westwood Elementary School (now BIS) first-grade classroom.
“There is a culture in Batesville schools of professionalism and high expectation ... As a teacher you want your students engaged, curious and challenged. You also want them to feel valued for who they are and who they can be. You want them to feel comfortable taking risks, to understand that learning is not always linear, but goes in fits and bursts. You want them confident that time and effort will get them to their goals, and to recognize that the process is really interesting.”
The daughter of Nancy Raver and the late Bob Raver reported, “I am lucky to have inherited my dad’s optimism and my mother’s pragmatism. It’s a combination that comes naturally and serves me well working with young people.”
BIS principal Dr. Jere Schoettmer, who introduced the award recipient, observed, “As we continue in the 21st century, educators must ... creatively look outside of the box to help students learn. Having knowledge or teaching state standards alone does not move students forward .... There must be a passion for children and their success that an effective teacher embraces. Anne Amrhein is such an individual.”
After graduating from Batesville High School, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education with honors at Indiana University, then a library/media certification at Indiana State University. The educator also has taught students in grades 3-4 and summer school, supervised high school cadet teachers and college students and mentored beginning teachers.
Amrhein coordinates a summer reading program and conducts BIS literary lunches. February’s meal has a Star Wars theme. She also orchestrates Battle of the Books, the very popular 39 Clues Club and a new History Club.
The Batesville Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees vice president also has served as a longtime RAA Arts in Education Committee member and People Assisting Animals in Need member.
Amrhein met husband Dale on her first day of work here. Other family members include younger brothers Josh and Joe. Reading (no surprise), cooking, travel and art are pastimes.
Her principal described the librarian as “kind and caring ... Anne Amrhein is the essence of a master teacher and is as beautiful on the inside as you see on the outside.”