By Brannigan Watson | Web Managing Editor
Q: When were you presented the award?
A: I was presented the award at our Back to School Celebration on the first day of school for teachers.
Q: Were you expecting it?
A: I was very surprised when I learned that I won this award.
Q: Is there a process you go through like an application or are you unaware until it is given to you?
A: When you are nominated at the building level, you provide a resume and your staff gets a chance to read those resumes and then vote for the candidate they choose. At the district level, you have to complete a philosophy of education and a professional biography which the selection committee reads and votes on as well. There is then a large portfolio to submit for the state competition.
Q: What was it like being presented the award? How does it feel to be given such an honor?
A: It was an honor to receive this award at a school with such incredible educators. I am very grateful to my colleagues, my students, and my family for their support and inspiration.
Q: Are there any other prizes or winnings attached to the award?
A: Yes, Andy Mohr offers a cash prize, and the Sharon Pinnick Memorial fund also awards a cash prize. The HRH YMCA offers a one-year pass, and I was also presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Q: How else are you involved with the school beyond teaching?
A: I am the faculty adviser to the Interact Club, a club sponsored by its parent Rotary Club that teaches leadership skills through community service.
Q: How did your students react?
A: Students have been very supportive and kind. I appreciate it!