Jen Goings, Kittrell Teacher
Jen is described as someone who always goes above and beyond for all her students and coworkers. Her nominator writes, “She is one of the most caring and kindest persons at Kittrell. She is always respectful and calm, even if the situation isn’t easy, and makes sure that her students get the best of her and the best education she is able to give them. It is a privilege and honor to work with her and be her coworker.” Thank you, Jen, for unfolding awesome futures for our students!
Emily Johnson, West Teacher
Emily Johnson is described as such an amazing, devoted teacher who strives every day to brighten students’ lives. She makes herself available to her students and parents in person or via email and encourages them to stay in touch with her even after she no longer teaches them. Her nominator writes, “Emily motivates students to want to do better, become better students and people. She helps students feel important and that they matter. She has a student she taught in the past that has difficulty in adapting to new things, surroundings and people. She has opened her classroom to him to use when he needs breaks or somewhere to go to feel safe and secure. She has also told him that even though he is no longer her student, she is still here for him when needed. I feel honored that I get to work with this amazing lady and I get to learn from her everyday.” Thank you, Emily, for unfolding amazing futures for our students!
Sondra Simar, Lou Henry Teacher
This is Sondra’s second year teaching the dual-language French first grade class at Lou Henry. She is described as someone who cares deeply for her students and wants the best for them. She wants them to be bilingual and is working hard toward that goal. Her nominator writes, “She spends countless hours translating lessons and adapting them to her classroom. It is hard to find French resources here, but she keeps searching and uses her own money to acquire them–she even spent time in France and Canada looking for them! Sondra is selfless and works very hard. She deserves this award to show appreciation for all she does.” Merci (Thank you), Sondra, for unfolding bright futures for our students!
Darcy Lewis, Elk Run Early Childhood Center Paraeducator
Darcy is described as great with students, and especially helpful with challenging students. She comes up with new ways to help them manage their emotions and has been a great partner to problem solve with. Her nominator writes, “I was absent from work because of a tonsillectomy. Darcy kept everything running as smoothly as possible. She made sure the structure, expectations and routines stayed consistent and predictable for our young students. Teachers always worry about how their students are doing when they can’t be at work, but with Darcy I didn’t have to worry at all!” Thank you, Darcy, for unfolding awesome futures for our students!
Anne Schreck, Irving Teacher
Anne Schreck is described as a bright smiling face for students and staff. Her nominator writes, “No matter the situation she always sees the positive and has a way of connecting with the “unicorns” that is incomparable to anyone I have ever seen. Every morning when the students arrive, Anne is always greeting them and numerous students come into her room to exchange their books with her. Even the toughest students who sometimes have a hard time seeing a reason to smile, smile when they see her. Kevin Honeycutt talked about how every student needs at least one person to connect with and I truly believe that Anne is that person for many of our students here at Irving.” A second nominator adds, “Mrs. Schreck goes above and beyond for the care and well being of our students. She encourages all students, not just students that she meets with, to enjoy and love reading.” Thank you, Anne Schreck for unfolding amazing futures for our students!
Phaedra Roby, Lincoln Teacher
Phaedra Roby is described as an amazing teacher. Her nominator writes, “When you come into Mrs.P’s class you know you’re going to learn! If you don’t understand what she’s talking about, she will explain it until you get it. My child had her and I just think she really grew and learned the most.” Thank you, Phaedra, for helping our students get excited about learning and unfolding futures for them as a result!