Each year, all New Mexico school districts are invited to nominate an outstanding teacher to become New Mexico's Teacher of the Year; this teacher represents New Mexico in the National Teacher of the Year competition. New Mexico's Teacher of the Year acts as the spokesperson for the teaching profession for New Mexico. The New Mexico Teacher of the Year program incorporates the New Mexico Public Education Department's vision of a world-class educational system in which all New Mexico students are prepared to succeed in a diverse, and increasingly complex, world.
MaryBeth was born in Las Cruces, NM. Her parents are the late Herbert F. Greathouse and Patricia Greathouse. MaryBeth is married to Bill Britton, a retired Forest Service employee. She has two daughters, Marie Britton Edd., a Physical Therapist currently working in Las Cruces, and Andrea Britton, a 4th/5th grade bilingual teacher at Eugene Field Elementary in Albuquerque. Last summer, MaryBeth gained a son, Troy Edd. She is the third of four sisters, Pat Greathouse, Susan Barrett, and Betty Lou Valdez; all of them became teachers. Many of her family members were or are teachers.
MaryBeth’s grandfather, William O’Donnell, served as the Dean of Education at New Mexico State University, and later Vice-President. Her grandmother, Marie O’Donnell, taught Home Economics in Old Mesilla. MaryBeth was fortunate to have many outstanding teachers during her elementary and secondary schooling. MaryBeth attended Central Elementary, Court Junior High, and Las Cruces High School.
MaryBeth attended New Mexico State University for two years, and then graduated from Western New Mexico University with a BS in Elementary Education. Her first teaching job was as a 3rd/4th grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary in Glenwood, New Mexico. She then taught at Reserve High School, and then moved to northern New Mexico with her family in 1993. MaryBeth has been a teacher with Pecos Independent Schools for 17 years, teaching at the middle and high school levels. She currently teaches grades 9 and 11 and two Advanced Placement English classes.
Mary Beth is dedicated to ensuring that every student receives the best possible education. She has established herself as being competent, fair and consistent. These three characteristics are essential in becoming an effective leader in education.
Mary Beth’s dedication and active participation with her students has helped her Junior English Class increase their proficiency to a level that resulted in achieving Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) as measured by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.
Mary Beth has become an effective teacher, by being creative, demanding, open to change, and most importantly, demonstrating life-long learning to all her students. Her philosophy of teaching is that every student can learn, and that as a teacher, she is the driving force behind student learning.
MaryBeth stated that she has the best job in the world, and she can’t imagine being anything but a teacher. Her students keep her on her toes, laughing most of the time.
MaryBeth is honored to have been chosen as New Mexico Teacher of the Year. The New Mexico Public Education Department and the NM Teacher of the Year program is proud to have such a wonderful, caring professional as our representative in the National Teacher of the Year competition.