Rita Lamberson, Ruckel MS, Wins VFW Post 10090 Citizenship Teacher of the Year Award

Rita Lamberson, Ruckel Middle School, recently won the VFW Post 10090 Citizenship Teacher of the Year Award.  Eva Glenn nominated Lamberson and had to submit an essay telling why Lamberson was the example of a good citizen.

Lamberson, who teaches 8th Grade Regular and Advanced U.S. History, not only won 1st place for Okaloosa County, but was also the winner for the four county VFW district.  Glenn’s essay also won 1st place in the county and 2nd in the district.

According to Ruckel Middle School’s faculty page, Lamberson followed in her mother’s footsteps into the field of education. She had always wanted to be a teacher, and so sought a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for six years in Mississippi before taking off for 13 years to raise her two sons, Drew and Kyle. In 1991, she was hired to teach 8th grade U.S. History at Ruckel. She loves 8th grade students and U.S. History, having no desire to return to the elementary level. While at Ruckel, she has served on the SAC Committee as well as other committees and has been a sponsor for the National Junior Honor Society for all 22 years. She also serves as the department chair for the social studies department. She enjoys doing projects with her students which allow them to use and improve on their technology skills. She is committed to the students and offers an extra help session after school each week. Her desire is to help students to be consistent, responsible, respectful and organized. She and her husband, Ross, of 43 years enjoy spending as much time as possible with their three grandchildren, traveling, and working on DIY projects around their home.

Lamberson earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Master's in Elementary Education from Mississippi College.  She is certified in Elementary Education, Middle Grades 5-9 Social Science.