PV Rotary, school district honor top teachers
Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools Paul Street teaches seminars on "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." He asks seminar participants to name the people who have most influenced their lives.
"I've never had a class in which someone hasn't written down the name of a teacher. What you do has implications in the lives of people weeks, months, and years later," he told teachers at the Prescott Valley Rotary's Teacher of the Year banquet last Tuesday night.
PV Rotary honored teachers in the Humboldt District whose peers and administrators have chosen them as tops in their schools with the banquet and awards ceremony at the Quality Inn.
Kay Turner, HUSD Special Education Director, introduced Carol McFadden, Special Resources teacher for K-3 at Mountain View Elementary and K-8 at Liberty Traditional School.
"Carol is a dream teacher," Turner said. "She is positive and supportive, and most of all she is patient."
McFadden wiped away tears as she listened to student Leigh Woodruff read a letter she helped write about her teacher.
"(Mrs. McFadden) is a teacher who cares about her students, makes learning fun, and always has a kind word for everybody. This is what makes Mrs. McFadden the most special kind of teacher, a teacher who is very loved."
Karen Ward presented the Liberty Traditional School's Teacher of the Year, Vanessa Martin.
"She always asks, 'What can I do, how can I help?" Ward said.
Martin's students had some things to say about their favorite teacher as well.
"Mrs. Martin is a very nice teacher because she's funny and she makes up hands on projects and having her teach here makes me happy to go to her class," wrote Megan Goacher.
Maru Adkinson wrote, "...she helps people understand more about things they don't get. I hope she will be the same great teacher next year."
"Mrs. Martin makes history really fun. She teaches good strategy of notetaking and she helps sharpen our skill," wrote Brad Boya.
Humboldt Elementary Principal Kim Rice introduced her school's Teacher of the Year, Vicki Erickson. Rice said both she and her staff recognized Erickson's excellence.
"She has a gift with kids. It's magic to go into her classroom," Rice said.
Student Elizabeth Kitchen wrote, "Mrs. Erickson is a great teacher. I especially like being in her class because I get to learn new things. ...I got to eat lunch with Mrs. Erickson once because I got a 100 on my spelling test. I was very excited. I'm glad that Mrs. Erickson is my teacher. First grade is nice."
Jeannine Young, principal of Mountain View Elementary, honored Betsy Painton.
Painton volunteered at the school while she finished her schooling, Young said.
"She was innovative and creative, and I knew I wanted her on my staff."
Painton has taught at Mountain View for four years now. Student Brettany Maynard wrote of her, "You are the best teacher ever and I wish that you can be my teacher every year and that's how much I like you. You are like a mom to us. You teach us how to be good and do good things. Congratulations."
Coyote Springs Elementary School Principal Marcia Gatti-Smith introduced Teacher of the Year Tammy Turner.
"She oversees our science fair, she is cheerleader among the staff, and she has an excellent rapport with the community," Gatti-Smith said.
"You are the best teacher because you are kind to everybody. You always let us do fun things," wrote one student, Sean, from her class. "You are also very responsible for everything you have."
Student Olivia wrote, "I think you're an outstanding teacher because you're nice and not boring."
"You're nice, funny, pretty and helpful," Emily wrote.
Jim Sexton, Curriculum Director, standing in for Lake Valley Principal Bev Harvey, awarded Lake Valley Teacher of the Year Mary Reeves.
Summer Reynolds wrote, "I am in Mrs. Reeves' 4th grade class. She never raises her voice, and is always calm. Also her positive attitude makes learning easier. Mrs. Reeves has taught me to be safe, respectful, and responsible. She has helped me to grow mentally by teaching me new and harder things. She has helped me grow socially by teaching me not to bicker with my friends and not gossip about other people."
Glassford Hill Middle School Principal Christine Rex introduced Teacher of the Year Roger Williams.
"Roger Williams was one of the first people I met when I came to work at GHMS. He offered his help and said if I needed anything, just call him. I have found myself calling upon him in many ways," Rex said.
"Roger maintains and develops our technology at Glassford. He took on a huge challenge tring to bring us into the 21st Century. All the while, he smiled and plugged away with the supplies and tools he was given. If I were to define Roger's presence at Glassford, it would be that of teacher, mentor, professional and friend. We could all learn something from Roger Williams - people count."
Brian Buchholtz, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School Principal, honored teacher Miranda Cook.
"I can't think of a more wonderful or outstanding teacher than Miranda," he said. "She has a heart for kids."
Student Monica Bracelen wrote of Mrs. Cook, "She is able to control a class without getting angry, she is always there to help us with classwork we do not understand, and she will always try to assist the students with any conflicts they may have.
"Being able to control a classroom without losing one's temper is probably a very difficult thing. This tolerance must take great love and appreciation for the education of children. Mrs. Cook is a wise, trustful, appreciative and loving teacher who truly deserves the Rotary Teacher of the Year award.
Bradshaw Mountain High School Vice Principal Jim Wells presented Christina Scott as his school's Teacher of the Year.
Student Maureen Carpenter wrote, "Throughout my education in the Humboldt School District, I've had many teachers, but only a select few have directly impacted my life. Mrs. Scott is one of those rare teachers who has more than once gone beyond her expectations to help her students succeed. I personally owe so many of my successes thus far in life to her.
"Thanks to her sometimes exasperating yet very helpful criticism and push, I now feel better prepared to enter the real world. I will be eternally grateful to have had a teacher who has had so much faith in me."
Rotary honored each of the teachers with the dinner, entertainment by the Glassford Hill Middle School Jazz Band, and a plaque.