Just three years into her teaching tenure, Delacey Humbert has won multiple science-based grants and awards. Last week, she got $2,000 from Voya's Unsung Heroes Program. However, this teacher has accomplished so much more.
"It’s kind of overwhelming. I don't want to come off as though I’m trying to toot my own horn the whole time and get a whole bunch of awards. That's not what it’s about," said Humbert.
Humbert applies for dozens of grants for her students. Money from her most recent accomplishment is going to fund a class that's never been taught in the Treasure State: paleontology.
"She makes science very fun. She's probably one of the best teacher's I’ve had," said Seamus Whyte, one of Humbert’s Paleontology Students.
Not only is Humbert a maverick educator. From the Triassic to the Jurassic Period, she created the Paleontology curriculum from scratch.
"We have a lot of dinosaurs in this state. I think we should kind of put focus on the things that we can actually come back and do in our own state," said Humbert.
Dinosaurs are one of Humbert's biggest interests, but she tackles a variety of sciences. She also teaches AP Physics and Honors Earth Science. She received grants to fuel those courses last year.
"She brings a lot of enthusiasm to various clubs and classes here at capital high, “said Brett Zanto, Principal of Capital High School.
Principals and students alike say while there are many first rate teachers at Capital, Mrs. Humbert brings something extra special to the classroom.
"She is so good at conveying information to students and then also, when they don't get something she's super good at accepting the fact that maybe it doesn't make sense to them and then she tries to explain it in a deeper way," said Whyte.
Humbert says she'll keep searching for funds so that she can help her students succeed in the classroom and beyond.
"Seeing them grow as people and getting to know them as people, I count that a privilege. That's my favorite," said Humbert.
Humbert will find out later this month if she’s received additional funds from the Voya Program.