MONTROSE – Montrose School District employees were honored with a reception at the Montrose Pavilion last Thursday evening, but the highlight of the event was the introduction of nominees for the 2011 Teacher of the Year award.
The award is presented each year by the Montrose Education Foundation, and each nominee was called to the podium to accept a certificate and heard comments by those nominating them. Sixty teachers were nominated by students, other teachers, administration and parents. The most nominees came from Olathe High, which nominated 10 teachers.
When Nikki Corn, first-grade teacher at Olathe Elementary, came to the podium and a statement from one of her students was read, the crowd chuckled.
“Mrs. Corn is the nicest teacher that I had in my whole entire years in the school,” the first grader wrote.
Another student wrote of nominee Karie Hancock, who teaches fifth grade at Olathe Elementary.
“If I have a problem, she is always there for me. She is like another mother. She is always patient and does not get cranky when I need her.”
When Carin Beshoar, second-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary, was called to the podium, her nominating statement was obviously written by a parent.
“Mrs. Beshoar has been a great inspiration to my son who used to hate school…His education needs are being met and he is no longer bored with the curriculum….”
Another parent wrote to nominate Audra Hollis, third-grade teacher at Cottonwood Elementary.
“By pointing out her own mistakes, kids realize that learning is a process and no one is perfect. I think Ms. Hollis embodies teaching excellence and I am very thankful that my son had her as a teacher.”
But the evening, which included a buffet dinner, was meant to honor all school employees who make teachers’ jobs possible, said Dennis DeVore, member of the board of the Montrose Education Foundation, including custodians, cooks and maintenance personnel.
“Education is the most important part of our community,” DeVore said. “Without education, nothing else flows.”
In addition to the Teacher of the Year award, the Montrose Education Foundation also raises money for school projects and presents awards to distinguished alumni.
The nominees for the 2011 Teacher of the Year award are:
Cottonwood Elementary School: Kathy See, 4th grade; Dianna Reuter, 1st grade; Audra Hollis, 3rd grade; Tanya La Bossiere, kindergarten; Tanya Fredrick, Quest
Johnson Elementary School: Maureen Ross, music; Ellen Angeles, English as a Second Language
Northside Elementary School: Laurie Dodd, 1st grade; Sherrie Gallegos, 3rd grade; Lynn Neal, kindergarten; Jaime Simo, 4th grade
Oak Grove Elementary School: Emily Barton, Resource; Becca Coulter, 5th grade; Misty Miller, kindergarten; Carin Beshoar, 2nd grade
Olathe Elementary School: Michelle Wilson, 4th grade; Nikki Corn, 1st grade; Erin Chlarson, 2nd grade; Scott Hammer, 4th grade; Cali Knape, 1st grade; Karie Hancock, 5th grade; Heidi Murray, 3rd grade; Alice Murphy, ELL; Amanda Lloyd, 4th grade; Sarah Weber, 1st grade
Pomona Elementary School: Sandy Anderson 3rd grade
Centennial Middle School: Chris Thompson, 8th grade; Jeanna Jasperson, 8th grade; Gregory Whitsell, 7th grade; Jeff Blacker, 6th grade
Columbine Middle School: Lisa Hickman, 6th grade; Kurt Scriffany, 8th grade; Greg Solseth, SPED; Christine Terrell, 6th grade; John White, band; Randy McKinney, 8th grade
Olathe Middle School: Amy Fabian, 8th grade; Chad Greiner, 8th grade; Judy Hauger, 8th grade; John McKinnon, 8th grade; James Blennis, 6th grade; Jeff Mitchell, 7th grade; Ken Cotter, choir (6-12); Tee Jay Rose, Industrial Arts (6-12)
Montrose High School: Chief John Boughton, NJROTC; Doug Eccher, Science; Kindra Kurtz, English; George Perfors, math
Olathe High School: Joe Archuleta, PE; William Hamm, history/American government; Darren Sofka, math; Harvey Starbuck, English; Shane Yanosky, math; Eve Donahoe, language arts; Thomas Godfrey, social studies; Dan Rosentreter, language arts; Lance Ready, science; Jennifer Stansberry, yearbook
Passage Charter School: Katy Gibson, teacher
Vista Charter School: Gail Rust, teacher