SSUSD Educator Shout-outs!
As the school year nears its close, the Burroughs Blockbuster school newspaper has invited local students, families and colleagues to share their appreciation for the educators who make a difference for our valley’s families.
We have been impressed by the more than 200 responses we have received, each highlighting someone’s dedication, caring attitude, and professionalism. At the same time, we also realize that this is just a small sampling of those who make education happen in our community day in and day out.
Click on each photo to see the full submission.
We will continue publishing these shout-outs throughout the end of the school year.
If you would like to recognize someone, you may respond to our nomination form at 2021 Educator Shout-Outs.
"I appreciate the fact that she is very nice and very humble, has a kind heart!" submitted by Brayni Cartagena
"Mrs. Moudy has always been amazing. She's so sweet and overall spectacular." submitted by Mary Bowers
"I appreciate that he never gave up on his classes and tried to make the awful and strange year a bit more bearable." submitted by Joseph Hill "Thank you for keeping my spirits high and not letting me lose motivation. I really appreciate you working with us and always staying positive during our zoom sessions. You’re a great teacher and I’m very glad I had the pleasure of being your...
"She always makes learning fun and school not as boring as it usually is." submitted by Hannah Martin
My Junior Year Teachers
All My Teachers at My Junior year 2020-2021 submitted by Kevin Jiang
He is a wonderful teacher! Always encouraging, supporting, and working with students!! Always making learning fun!!! submitted by Jillian Boyle
"I appreciate her efforts to teach my daughter so much this year. She is kind and my daughter enjoys class! Mrs. Vaughn-Springs really cares for the kids in her class and we all will certainly never forget this year! Thank you Mrs. Vaughn-Springs." submitted by Brice Ambrecht
"My daughter absolutely loves Mrs. Horenstein. She makes learning fun. We will miss her next year! Thank you Mrs. Horenstein!" submitted by Aubrey Davis-Jones
"I feel like she is a great teacher and does everything she can to make school fun. I learned so much in her class then I have in any other math class. I used to struggle with math until I was in her class. She is such a hard worker and needs to be appreciated." submitted by Alissa Gutierrez
"She is always able to make my day better, the class is a blast to be in, I'd love to be her student another year." submitted by Keira Hine "I appreciate that she doesn't give a lot of work and is a fun teacher." submitted by Hannah Martin
"I appreciate her unwavering patience with her students. During the early Zoom meetings I was in awe of her ability to walk the kids though things over and over again. The level of flexibility to all the changes and challenges the last year. The level of teacher staff involvement has been outstanding. I have a new found respect for teachers and the responsibilities as parent we both have in not only...
"Thank you to Mr. Bruce for making learning fun for your students. Your energy is amazing to your students." submitted by Katie Bennett
"What can I say about Cami? Such a lovely soul with an awesome personality. The professionalism, ability to go above and beyond to assist in my children needs, to reach out to make sure my questions are answered, makes me feel at ease. Thank you, Cami!" submitted by Tanya Liva
"We, parents, get wrapped up in our careers/jobs, but nothing contributes to the nations development more than the sacrifices made by our Educators. That said, Ms. Graves have provided guidance and/or options with my daughter's journey for the future. I appreciate the efforts she continue to show and provide for us. As always, much mahalo!" submitted by Tanya Liva
"Mr. Ortiz never hesitates to help students and he's a very welcoming and fun person to be around." submitted by Kylie Siebert "My daughter didn't take the liking of Math. The confusion. "Who's idea was to put a letter next to the number, draw weird shapes, and call it Math?". Mr. Ortiz, take a bow cause you've Educated her to think otherwise. Big ups! Thank you! " submitted by Tanya Liva "He helpe...
"He makes class fun and easy." submitted by Lillah O'Grady "Mr. Trigg makes class fun and is always nice and encouraging." submitted by Jocelyn Siebert "He tries his best to make everything enjoyable in class and succeeds. :)" submitted by Marlee Hildreth
"For being the best art teacher EVER, for being fun, and mostly knowing how tired O-period kids are. Also for being there." submitted by Leena (Ben) Faulkinbury "They make school more fun and they deserve to win." submitted by Lillah O'Grady "I appreciate how she makes ASB fun everyday." submitted by Anthony Martinez I appreciate how much effort she puts into the school to ...
"Karrie is such a fantastic teacher! She is very responsive when I (as a parent) have questions, and inspires my daughter to strive hard in class. I know many of daughter's classmates feel the same way. I have seen my daughter's confidence blossom this year, despite the trying conditions that COVID brought. We have Karrie to thank for this, and we are so grateful that she was Ari's teacher this year!...
Luna Dela Cruz
"Ms. Dela Cruz is assigned to a specific person and goes out of her way to ensure the student succeeds in all areas of the student's education. She is so patient and kind, and I am thankful for her diligence in working with this student. " submitted by Jacqueline de Jong
"Ms. Karen goes the extra mile in helping all of our students succeed in their classes. She does so much for the students, and we greatly appreciate everything she does for us." submitted by Jaqueline de Jong
"Thank you for everything you’ve done this year during the very difficult and strange year this was. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding with students and parents. We know it is not an easy job to begin with but this year was even more challenging. You’ve gone above and beyond for your students, so thank you Sarah!" submitted by Tara Larger
"She is a really nice teacher, her homework is hard some times but she does it with us and has us do one on our own to make sure we understand it, if we don't she will walk around the room to us and show us what we did wrong and what we need to do. If we have bad grades she will give us a make-up work packet. It can bring up our grades significantly. Every day she says "Good morning" with a welcoming...
"I am a parent that freaks out a bit, I am thankful for my daughter’s kindergarten teacher Ms. Pennebaker she is very understanding, patient, and loving. My daughter enjoys her zoom and on Campus class, she tells me that Ms. Pennebaker is very kind and sweet lady. Thank you, Ms. Pennebaker, for bringing joy to the child and all your hard work and dedication. We appreciate and love you!" submitted by Marisela...
"I love your passion for History and your dedication to your students. They always mention how much they loved having you for 7th grade history." submitted by Emily Kuhlmann "Ms. Jenne is really nice and it's easy to ask her for help." submitted by Jocelyn
"She cares a lot about teaching and I can tell she is a genuine teacher who actually cares about the education and mental health of students." submitted by Flora Sarkovich "She always encouraged me to do better and she was so kind all the time. She was very understanding of my mental health issues and made accommodations for me. I really appreciated everything she did for me and my classmate...
"She made zoom so engaging for the students! She would joke and have fun with the kiddos while teaching them what they needed to know. Not only did my daughter get where she needed to be, she's excelled this year and I really lay that on Ms. Backus! She gave mini breaks for their minds, which I think was key for my daughter. She worked through any problem with them and treated this group of 1st graders...
"She is always kind to her current and former students, as long as you were nice to her in return." submitted by Samantha Lane
"Her excellent skills as an educator has brought my son (who is dyslexic) from D's and F's to straight A's in the course of her 2 years as his teacher. His self-esteem has grown tremendously and he enjoys school again." submitted by Denise Husk
"She is always their supporting my son along with all the other children in her classes. She provides our community with amazing music. We appreciate you Mrs. Olinger. " submitted by Kajiwara Family
"During pandemic, I overheard Mrs. G on a daily basis do everything in her power to boost the spirits of the children, and also subtly “check” on their mental well being. She is hands down the best teacher either of my kids have had during their school careers." submitted by Rita Davis
"MRS. E!!!!! I love your enthusiasm on campus (both in person and Distance Learning) and your constant good vibes!" submitted by Emily Kuhlmann I always was happy to go to her room because she always made it fun. submitted by Ryan Morrison Although our introduction was brief, she and Mr. Livingston have shown such great spirits of support and motivation for my son. I really appreciate it! Than...
"How well she was able to teach kindergarten online and now also in person and online. My son loves her as a teacher and doesn't want to have a different teacher next year when he moves on to 1st grade. " submitted by Amber Foster
"Mr.West always finds ways to keep the class interacted, I personally struggle with Science but through the way he teaches, I've managed to start loving Chemistry. He is thoughtful, and takes the time to make sure everyone is okay and understands, he's also understanding on assignments, while still keeping the boundaries and motivators, for the class to get everything done on time. I appreciate him...
"He is a great teacher. He is nice & fun too!" submitted by Kaitlynn Ashley
"Mr. McKinney has been an amazing teacher and has made distance learning way easier." submitted by Dominic Hargus
"He's an awesome and easy going teacher, if we are missing work, he will let us know what we are missing and tell us what our grade is, his homework is easy and those who don't complete it are just flat out lazy. And he is also just all around one of my favorite teachers." submitted by Sabastian Wegener
"I appreciate that he made learning History fun, and he helped me with my DBQ's when I was having trouble. He's also an amazing teacher so shout out to him. " submitted by Caris Matlock "Mr.Akin has taken his time to help us and make everything as stress-free as possible. He is a good teacher who really goes out of his way to put his students first. " submitted by Kayla Walter...
"She is always willing to go the extra mile to help the children. During this school year she tried everything possible to help the students feel involved and want to learn!! She hands down is an excellent teacher!!! " submitted by Jillian Boyle
"Mr. Yancey has been an Amazing principal this school year. He is always happy and helpful. He is there for his staff and his students. ClairAnn and I felt like we were thrown to the 'wolves' Mr. Yancey took it in stride, he has made it bearable for us to get through this year, we actually like coming to work. We just want to thank him for being here. He is AWESOME!" submitted by Gwen Lakes "As a previous edu...
"Mrs. Wilcox has been a joy to work with and I appreciate the collaboration and help she has given this year!" submitted by Michelle Brouchoud
"Ms. Adkins brings joy and laughter to school and meetings. She is a wonderful person to collaborate with and works really hard to give students a great education." submitted by Michelle Brouchoud
"Gary has been an awesome counselor this year and last year. He puts our students first on his list. Makes sure they have what they need to be successful. He even helps out our staff, when we need it. We are going to miss him so much. His new school is getting one of the best!" submitted by Gwen Lakes
Jacqueline de Jong
"She encourages my son and helps him advocate for himself. She is awesome!" submitted by Alison Quinlan
" Christian has been awesome. She has helped us out with parents and students regarding Chromebooks. ClairAnn and I do not know what we would have done without her. She too has made sure that the students have had what they needed. " submitted by Gwen Lakes
"Mrs. Anderson is funny and caring! She's always willing to collaborate and often checks in with colleagues. She tells jokes and is always willing to share ideas to make processes easier." submitted by Rae Hart
"Mrs. Benson works countless hours preparing and executing wonderful lessons for her students. She is a great person to work with and deserves a lot of credit this year for all her efforts!" submitted by Michelle Brouchoud
"I appreciate Miss. Clark because she is the best math teacher I have ever had. I was suffering with my grades and she took the time to bring me from a 11% to a 73%. I am so glad I can call her my teacher, She is always happy and she brings the mood of the class up. I am so proud to be her student!" submitted by Sabrina Lewis
"Mrs. Blue is an exceptional teacher! She is able to help students develop their confidence in a way that few other educators can. On top of her great work ethic, she has a huge heart that she shares with so many people! We feel truly privileged to have my daughter work with Mrs. Blue this year. That work made a huge difference in my daughter's life! Thank you, Mrs. Blue!!" submitted by Sean McMurry "She always help...
Ernestina Palerm Wilson
"She is really nice to all her students and she is a great teacher!" submitted by Briona Stewart "Her kindness, and the effort she puts to make sure everyone passes their classes." submitted by Ibrahim Hugais
"Melissa’s work with our non-verbal autistic son has been nothing short of a miracle over the last two years. The progress he has made under her instruction and care has far exceeded our expectations. She went above and beyond during the pandemic stay at home order to ensure our son had what he needed to continue to progress and not take a step back. We have gone from wondering if our son would ever...
"Ms. Branson has been my daughter's teacher for three years at Burroughs. She tells me that Ms. Branson is very adaptable and goes with the flow. She has been her rock when all else seems crazy, and what hasn't been crazy this past year? My daughter looks forward to her class and feels she is 'the eye of the hurricane,' a brief tranquil pause in her otherwise chaotic senior day." submitted by Annette ...
"Alicia is one of the best paraeducators we have ever had! She goes above and beyond to help our daughter with what she needs to succeed. She spent her own money on art supplies and extra time on Zooms to help my daughter be successful in Distance Learning. We really appreciate all the effort she puts in, thank you!" submitted by Leisha Wetzel
"Mrs. Knehans goes above and beyond to create and find resources that are educational and fun. Love working with you, Ellen!!!" submitted by Mica Mawhirter "She has made distance learning as easy as possible. Of course there have been technical challenges and learning curve. But she has been more than helpful and accommodating to both my child and I. I definitely appreciate that Mrs. Knehans made this onl...
"Miss Field is an amazing colleague and it has been a pleasure to work alongside her these past two years! She has such a passion and drive for her work and students. She continuously strives to find fun and new ways to teach concepts/ideas. Miss Field desires to make a change and ensures to join as many committees as she can! I do not know how she does it but she surely is a wonderful, 2nd grade partner....
"She has a beautiful heart and always there for our sped kids." submitted by Vanessa Jaeger
"Judith is supportive, encouraging, and always willing to go the extra mile to help her colleagues better themselves professionally." submitted by Cassidy Northrup
"Kathy is a jack of all trades for BHS. She is there through thick and thin and when she doesn't have to be. We need more dedicated employees like her. She is very loved by all students, and they confide in her. Kathy helps with everything in all areas of the school. You don't find people like her anymore who will without fail go the extra mile." submitted by Charlotte Becker...
"She's very fun, very kind, and she was welcoming when I was a new student in her class." submitted by Serena Carson "Never makes the student feel stupid for asking questions over and over and is always polite and soft spoken in her answers. She has been the light in my daughters education this year!! " submitted by Angela Harrington...
"Margaret is an amazing administrator that leads by example and goes above and beyond to make her staff feel appreciated and supported." submitted by Cassidy Northrup
"This bus driver goes above and beyond for her department. Always willing to help! Team player all the way even in stressful circumstances." submitted by Christina Miller
"Mrs. Piatt is the best teacher ever, she helps us a lot, and is so much fun!" submitted by Adelynn Duran Maldonado "Mrs. Piatt has been excellent at handling this tough school year. She is always very understanding and helps in anyway she can." submitted by Felicia Rivera "Mrs. Piatt has been tremendous at conquering Zoom while teaching and disciplining kindergartners! Her con...
"Ms. Worley has been exceptional throughout my son's 2020-2021 school year. We've all been through our ups and downs trying to navigate the ever-changing waters that is the pandemic, but through it all Ms. Worley has been consistent, cheerful, concerned, and so understanding. I had a difficult pregnancy and was worried my kids wouldn't have the help they needed when I was in the hospital. When I contacted...
"Ms. Howard was inspirational in maintaining students attention. She had extreme patience and clearly articulated the assignment learning. My daughter went from below average to above average this year with the help of Ms. Howard!" submitted by Stephanie Smith
"I am grateful for him being patient with my daughter. She was having issues with staying focus with the distant learning, and he gave her a chance to make up some of her work so that she wasn't failing his class. I truly believe if he wasn't understanding she would be so lost right now... so thank you, Mr. Smith." submitted by Susan Rogers "I appreciate most his care and generosity. H...
"I appreciate that Ms. Shyanne Ledford is a great principal🙂! I am a parent that worries and questions almost everything. Ms. Shyanne is a very wonderful, patient, understanding, helpful principal. I am sooo glad that my daughter Grace Ryan gets to be in a safe loving environment that Ms. Ledford has created for all the students at Pierce Elementary School. I am very thankful. Thank you!" su...
"She's a good teacher." submitted by Kevin Jiang
"We love how much she cares about her students!" submitted by Cindy Bahlman
"His professionalism and relationships he has built with all the students." submitted by Denise Husk
"She has been amazing with the kiddos during this whole school year. Always trying to find the best ways too keep her second graders engaged and having fun along the way. She has been just amazing with everything. Thank you, Miss Polen we love you!" submitted by Christina Ford "Miss Polen is never afraid to be silly and help her students learn! She cares about her students and goes abov...
"From the beginning of the school year, Mrs. Thompson has worked so hard to keep TK kids engaged in classes on Zoom. Four and five-year-olds don’t like to sit still long, but she keeps them wanting to come to class. So much of TK is social and hands-on learning, but Mrs. Thompson has helped her students excel despite not being able to be physically together. Students have grown so much during the...
"He’s fun to hang out with before and after school." submitted by Ashley Benson
"Mrs. Wood cares about her students and it shows in her words and how she treats them. She is always so loving and uplifting. She also understands that 1st graders have short attention spans and is so very patient with all their random comments and outbursts. She has a good mixture of work and fun, balancing it out perfectly. She has taught 5 of our 6 kids, and they all have fond memories of their...
"She is a long-term substitute for Math, she's been teaching us from the beginning of the first semester and still, she is a really nice teacher, I love the way she teaches because it makes it easier for us to learn. It's been a hard time for us to learn from distance learning and especially math because it's one of the difficult subjects and she's doing an amazing job in teaching us and she makes...
"When we first heard this school year would begin via distance learning I immediately felt concerned about how my kindergartner could possibly learn all that she needed to on a screen. Ms. Vaughn quickly put my concerns at rest. She has problem solved and found solutions to the challenges faced in distance learning. When the unexpected happened, she rolled with it. She has put the needs of her students...
"What I really appreciate about Ms. Dwyer is that she always is super straightforward in the classroom and very relatable! Whenever I am confused about something, she always takes the time to help me, even though we are miles apart and online. Although it is a tough class, it is always super awesome to have someone in the trenches with you! So Ms. Dwyer, thank you very much for all you do for your...
"She made every subject she taught fun, interacted with each of her students, and enjoyed being with her students." submitted by Samantha Lane "Ms. Konopak is very active and engaged with her students and their parents. She makes sure all her students are participating and understand the class material, and she keeps lines of communication open with parents. She shares her concerns and ...
"Miss Cindel makes me happy everyday I get to go to school to talk to her. She relates so much to me and I feel less nervous about going to school. During breaks we talk and laugh a lot." submitted by Adam Perez
"I love that she cares for her students and does her best to explain the work while making it fun for us." submitted by Alyssa Sanchez "Ms. Burgess has been such an asset to my daughter Kylie. She has helped her with countless college applications, essays, and scholarships. She encourages her to strive to be the best person she can be. No words can do justice to tell Ms. Burgess just ho...
Kim Van Nevel
"She is very helpful she is always willing to help a student. She makes learning easy and fun for the kids to learn more." submitted by Mia Calderon
"Emily Lane is one of the kindest, most patient teachers I have ever met. Distance learning has brought its challenges and Mrs. Lane has met those challenges with Grace and exceeded all expectations. She does her best to make sure each of her students’ voices is heard and that what they have to share is important to her. She always encourages her students to simply try their best, even if the result...
"Ms. Wadley is incredibly supportive. She is actively engaged and checks for understanding on a regular basis. She has a unique way of connecting with students, encouraging them to engage, and own their learning. We are so thankful to have shared this school year with her!" submitted by Colleta Baker "She is the first educator in a while that actually taught me something outside of assignments...
"I appreciate your dedication to teaching History and being an awesome role model to your students!" submitted by Emily Kuhlman
"I am so grateful for how patient, and how caring he is when it comes to his students. He goes above and beyond. he truly is an amazing teacher. My son always talking nothing but good things about Mr. Thompson. And even though he has graduated sometime he goes back and offers to help out around the shop... Mr. Thompson has really helped shape my son into the young man he is today." submitted by Susan Ro...
"Her kind-hearted and compassionate nature. She sees strengths in each child, no matter what they are struggling with, and truly listens when students reach out to her. She always provides words of encouragement to help them to see they can be successful. We are blessed to have her as part of the James Monroe Family." submitted by Rachel Dorfmeister
"Ms. Kratz was always there for us when we needed her. She pushed us to do our best because she believed in us. She went out of her way to make sure we were all doing okay, and when we weren't, she did everything in her power to help solve our problems." submitted by Kayla Walter
"She loves what she does and it shows. The kids love her." submitted by Rebekah Wagner
"She makes math fun and interesting which makes it easier to pay attention and understand the work." submitted by Samantha Lane
"She is a wonderful educator who has gone above and beyond to provide a positive online education environment that encourages development. She is cheerful, kind, and communicates with compassion. She knows how to let kids be kids and gives them room to grow as healthy youth." submitted by Ron Pilling "Mrs. Mawhirter has been a wonderful teacher all year. She did a great job of communica...
"She is patient with her students and always willing to answer all their questions. Ms. Browne's binders she provided for her students was well organized and easy to follow 👍. This made it easy for the kids and parents." submitted by Sherry Szelog
"Hard worker, goes out of his way to help others." submitted by Brittney M Darouze
"Mrs. Shoe is always so flexible and happy to have us in class!" submitted by Heather Kenny "Heather is caring, friendly, and supportive! She includes everyone and throws kindness around like confetti! She is positive and always has time to listen." submitted by Rae Hart
Kim St. George
"Ms. St. George is a wonderful teacher, her personality is fun and my daughter loves her. She is always upbeat and positive and such a nice person, you can tell she loves being a teacher." submitted by Kala McCane "Kim has had two of my kids in her classroom (so far), and she has taught to their individual needs and helped them grow so much. She is the type of teacher who inspires those ...
"This teacher is truly an amazing down-to-earth human. Brittney has impacted my daughter in so many ways. Brittney has a special talent for teaching and each child is treated as her own. Brittney is patient, kind, loving, and fun. Truly blessed to have had this teacher and hope to have her again in the future." submitted by Jessica Pott "Even though Mrs. Kaufman is a P.E teacher I feel that she n...
"I watch every day the care and love my mom puts into planning lessons for her students. She is always giving her all to make sure her students have what they need. She provides food and snacks as well as so many extras to them. Her students are told daily how much they are loved and she shows her love and care in so many ways." submitted by Chelsie Richards
"She is very kind, helpful, and understanding. Any time we had any questions she was quick about getting back to us no matter if it was an email or phone call. My son thoroughly has enjoyed his teacher this year! We appreciate all that she does!" submitted by Toshina Leach
"This has been a challenging year for all. Mrs Baca is an amazing teacher. She has shown constant patience and kindness. Her communication has been amazing throughout the year. She’s gone above and beyond. I’m very thankful that my child has been in her class and now finally getting to meet her with in-person learning. Thank you, Mrs. Baca, for all you do. You are appreciated!" submitted by Cassie S...
"Stephanie provided significant support to the middle school counselors this year. Many things would have been forgotten or done incorrectly if it were not for her support. She strives to help her colleagues in all they do and it is much appreciated!" submitted by Sarah Davis "Supportive counselor!" submitted by Kevin Jiang...
"Mrs. Maynard goes above and beyond to create and find resources that are educational and fun. Love working with you, Kaitlin!!!" submitted by Mica Mawhirter "She is super nice and awesome!!!" submitted by Anthony Gago
"Ms. Herbert has continued to check on my son Bryce during a difficult time in his life. I would receive messages from her not only checking on him but my family as well. Once the students were able to attend class on campus she reached out once again to let me know how well he was doing and that he was a pleasure to have in class. I appreciate her acknowledging the positive attributes in her students...
"She loves her job. She loves our students. She loves our staff. She has a kind word to say to every student every day and this makes our students feel welcome and wanted. She does the same with the adults on campus. Elaine is the sunshine on our campus! She is also a great office manager - takes great pride in her work and is constantly taking on more responsibility. Thank you, Elaine." submitted by Jo Anne ...
"Goes out of his way to help others, hard worker." submitted by Brittney M Darouze
"Hard worker, goes out of his way to help others." submitted by Brittney M Darouze
"They are kind, compassionate, and a caring educator to Art. They show dedication with their vocal abilities. And show great strength and courage in their words." submitted by Mala Lange
"Mrs. Silva is one of the most hardworking and dedicated teachers that I have ever met. While some professionals may find a dedication within their craft or occupation, Mrs. Silva is dedicated to these in addition to having a sincere commitment to her students. I believe that the way that Mrs. Silva truly cares for all of her students should be emulated by anyone seeking to invest in children through...
"Mrs. Duez has gone above and beyond this year to make sure students feel connected and supported. She has used a variety of programs and techniques to keep her students engaged. As a parent, she has done an amazing job keeping me informed of our daughter's progress. Shelby couldn't wait to get back on campus so that she could do labs with Mrs. Duez." submitted by Brandy Keehan "EVERYTH...
"She is super upbeat, very friendly, and goes out of her way to help others." submitted by Brittney M Darouze
"She is very kind, helpful, and generous. This teacher goes above and beyond of the Kinder Gators. She has so much patience and understanding. My daughter loved her as an online teacher." submitted by Toshina Leach "Mrs. Metelko has gone above and beyond to make this virtual learning run as smoothly as she can. She’s sweet and fun and always has great things to keep the kids engaged ...
"The best teacher my students have ever had. Knows how to speak to them and understand them and their needs." submitted by Lewis Sagendorph "What I appreciate about Mr. Hayes is that he was always understanding of the situations and was always willing to help you when you needed it and would reach out to you if he thought you needed help. He’s a really good teacher and I’m very glad ...
"The start of school was coming quickly and I was quite distressed about the CANVAS program we would be using for the government forced shutdown of our schools physically. This was my 29 year of teaching and I quite honestly felt more stressed than my first year of teaching. I had really no idea how to build a page for my classes. I had gone to the district trainings and was able to put a banner up...
"Mr. Dalton is an incredibly patient, kind, knowledgeable, and motivated 1st-grade teacher who always takes the time to help children in their areas of most need. He is a fun, engaging educator who has helped my daughter hone her reading abilities during distance learning. We will miss him and his talented singing voice as he is retiring this year. " submitted by Angela Trinkle "Very u...
"Danny ALWAYS goes above and beyond as the custodian at Mesquite High School. He has been very flexible during this time of hybrid learning by changing his shift without complaint. He does a fantastic job keeping our campus clean and safe and he always has a kind word to say to the students. Danny does extra all of time - from helping with prom decorating to buying guitars and other items for the school....
"This educator is always helping out students with what they need. She is very understanding with her students and understands the lack of perseverance. Ms. Lukacs put many different ways to contact her, even giving out her own phone number. She always thinks of the students' workloads." submitted by Shannon Kelly "She is very caring of her students, empathetic, and patient. All around is a t...
"I appreciate that he stepped in as a sub teacher when my daughter’s teacher was absent for two weeks. Mr. Laderas did such a great job interacting with the children even though it was kindergarten kids and distant learning. Seeing my daughter enjoy distant learning by his silly fun way was awesome!!! Teaching for him comes so naturally he genuinely is a inspiration for parents to look for fun ways...
"I appreciate the time and patience she takes to help my son and 2nd grade class." submitted by Donell Sims "Mrs. Auld has been phenomenal during this crazy year! She is so patient, understanding, and responsive. We feel so very fortunate to have her as a part of my daughter's educational team. Thank you, Mrs. Auld for all your hard work!" submitted by Sean McMurry "We just...
"Ms. Crow went above and beyond during distance learning making sure all students in her 1st grade class had a voice- a moment to share each day, and talk to their classmates as well as herself. This seems so small, but made a huge impact on the kids. In a time where they all had to 'mute' and not have a chance to play with their friends and share experiences like they would in the classroom, Ms. Crow...
"She is a very good teacher who helps kids understand math in a better way. She helps bring a great mood to class everyday which makes me want to attend my math class." submitted by Dylan Smith "I love her energetic way of teaching the class and her funny stories. She is an absolutely amazing teacher." submitted by Emily Slivka...
"Mr. Roush has done an amazing job at adapting to the virtual classroom setting. He is a clear communicator and keeps the students engaged. We appreciate his patience and commitment to excellence!" submitted by Tarah Hill "That he is working with kids and the parents for the students to succeed online learning. Notifying the parents daily that the student is done turning in their work ...
"She has a kind heart, a very pleasant person to be near, and is all-around awesome. Thank you, Mrs. Self." submitted by Savannah Berry "This is her first year as principal at Faller Elementary. With starting the year off with distance learning I’m sure it hasn’t been easy. She has done a fantastic job and as a parent I am so happy to have her at Faller." submitted by Cassie Seals...
Monroe Middle School Staff
"During these challenging times, we are all coping with the adjustments, making sacrifices to support our family. Let alone, our sanity. That said, the EDUCATORS at this school have been attentive. I commend your commitment, guidance, and support with my son. Mr. Cosner, you’re leading a great team! Much aloha!" submitted by Tanya Liva
"Her adaptability to have special needs distance learning students and on-campus students learning together since March and the re-arranging of class schedules 3 or 4 times since then. It is very hard on special needs teachers who have moderate disabilities to severe in their classroom or doing distance learning and the student walks away from the Chromebook to never come back to the screen. " ...
"She treats her students like her own. She engages and talks to her students in a way that makes being in a classroom comfortable and fun. As a parent it feels good to know that when I send my child to school, they will learn in a safe and fun environment that makes them come home smiling and looking forward to the next day. She’s a teacher that students will remember years later, she makes quite...
"She always made sure that I would try my hardest and was very helpful when I didn't understand what we were doing. I had her freshman year and I still visit her room today as a junior." submitted by Emory Garner
"Mrs. Kyte has worked hard this year to find a way to still personally connect with her students, even through a computer screen. Someone once said that students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Mrs. Kyte is a testament to this quote." submitted by Brandy Keehan "Because she is a wonderful teacher. She is very kind and amazing." submitted by Mary Duez...
"She is our new projects teacher this year. She has kept in touch with us all through this whole year, asking if there is any way she can help or anything we need. If we don't need anything, she finds items that will make this whole process easier and fights to get us what we knew we needed and what we didn't know we needed. She has been a rock this year and made things as easy, for us, as she can." su...
"Mr. B. Cosner is always there for his students and is always willing to take other tasks at hand." submitted by Caleb Mouw
"She has been understanding and very helpful throughout this pandemic. Ms. Howell makes learning art very interesting and enjoyable. It makes my day to have her as my last period, so no matter what type of day I'm having she is always cheery. She makes an effort to connect to her students." submitted by Nixie Schandl