Garfield Re-2 honors teachers and staff |

Garfield Re-2 honors teachers and staff

Re-2 NewsTheresa HamiltonGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield School District Re-2 welcomed students back to school on Monday, but before the classroom doors opened, Re-2 staff members gathered to recognize their own for the hard work and dedication that is shown daily throughout the district. On Friday, Aug. 17, eight teachers were awarded the Community Newspapers of Colorado Teacher of the Year award, and 11 classified staff members were honored for going above and beyond in their buildings.Each year, Community Newspapers of Colorado awards $500 to a teacher in each of the Re-2 buildings to an outstanding educator as voted by their peers. Vina Klahn, a veteran Re-2 teacher, was taken aback by the Community Newspapers of Colorado Teacher of the Year award.

“I’m feeling pretty humble,” said Klahn of the award. “I work with some pretty darn good people, and to hear those words about me, really surprised and moved me.””I was excited and honored because it comes from my peers,” added Roy Moore’s Simone Hiller. “It is fun, and it is refreshing, and it is such a positive way to start the school year.”Hiller is excited to have some funds to benefit her students.”It is so exciting that we will have some extra funds to use in the reading resource room that can benefit our students schoolwide,” she explained.

As a relatively young teacher in the district, Alice Steindler says that the support from veteran teachers is instrumental to the success of new teachers.Steindler is beginning her fourth year in Re-2 and was also shocked by the honor, but explained that the support from her peers has been instrumental in her development as an instructor.”We spend so much time at Coal Ridge collaborating with people in our department and across departments. No one keeps their ‘good stuff’ to themselves, and that helps us all become better teachers,” she added.In conjunction with the Teacher of the Year awards, Re-2 honors outstanding classified staff. These are non-teaching employees who go above and beyond for the students, buildings and district. These awards are also voted on by their peers. Each staff member receives $100 and a plaque. This year’s award winners included: Wamsley Elementary secretary Robin Busted, Rifle High School custodian Candelario Delvera, Highland Elementary kitchen manager Lynetta Trevathan, Riverside Middle School health clerk Tina Larrabee, Coal Ridge High School secretary Lora Ullerick, Roy Moore Elementary paraprofessional Connie Selvage, Rifle Middle School paraprofessional Morgan Bare, Kathryn Senor Elementary paraprofessional Karen Feeley, Transportation’s Connie Chenoweth, Support Services custodial supervisor Brenda Doty and the District Office’s coordinator of facility use, Cathy Hays.

“What an unexpected honor,” said Busted. “It just shows how wonderful the Wamsley staff is to always be lifting others up.” Finally, Re-2 staff recognized three individuals for their continued service to the students of the district. Julie Berens received a 25-year service award, while Kathryn Senor Elementary teacher Janice Goetz and Rifle High School teacher Ken Rahn received 20-year service awards.These teachers and staff members dedicate many long hours to the children and communities of Re-2. The district thanks partners like Community Newspapers of Colorado for their help in honoring these outstanding individuals.If you have questions or comments regarding the Garfield School District Re-2, please contact Director of Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton at 625-7621.

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