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3/27/2009 9:52:00 AM
They're tops! Prescott Valley Rotary honors HUSD Teachers of the Year
Humboldt Elementary student Jade Greenhow, teacher Karen Kensing and Principal Cole Young.
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Humboldt Elementary student Jade Greenhow, teacher Karen Kensing and Principal Cole Young.
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Top: Bradshaw Mtn. High teacher Sheryl McCully, student Erin Casperson and Principal Trena Linders. Bottom: Bradshaw Mtn. Middle School teacher Kristine Kreutter, student Rebecca Sullivan and Principal Brian Buchholtz.
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Top: Bradshaw Mtn. High teacher Sheryl McCully, student Erin Casperson and Principal Trena Linders. Bottom: Bradshaw Mtn. Middle School teacher Kristine Kreutter, student Rebecca Sullivan and Principal Brian Buchholtz.
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For the eighth year, the Rotary Club of Prescott Valley honored the top 10 Teachers of the Year from the Humboldt Unified School District, choosing from students' nominating essays.

Students praised teachers for everything from their patience and caring to their messy desks.

Sixth grader Rebecca Sullivan, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, nominated her math teacher, Kristine Kreutter, "because a teacher that works this hard needs to be recognized."

Sullivan liked that her teacher had the right mixture of strictness and niceness.

"For being so young, she cracks the whip and believes that all kids must memorize their multiplication facts," she said.

The attribute that brought laughs from the teachers, parents and students dining at the StoneRidge Clubhouse Wednesday evening was Kreutter's messy desk.

"You have to like a teacher who is not so uptight that they are afraid of messes," Sullivan said to the crowd.

Benjamin Gonzalez said he was grateful for the encouragement his third grade teacher, Katrina Taylor at Granville Elementary School, gives to the students.

"She is like the sun; she lights up my day," Benjamin said.

At Glassford Hill Middle School, student Daisy Ruiz wrote about English Language Learners teacher Sue Nixon, "I like that she takes the time to explain the lessons and pushes us until we understand."

"She follows the rules and shows respect to everyone," Daisy said.

Senior Erin Casperson nominated Sheryl McCully at Bradshaw Mountain High School and said she really appreciated the relationship McCully has with all her students.

"I personally know that if I had a problem I could talk to her and she would help me through it," Erin wrote.

McCully teaches the Certified Nursing Assistant program. Erin said, "She doesn't just teach us out of the book, we do hands-on activities, and that mixed with her helpful advice along the way really raises her teaching to the highest level."

The final nominator, Draven Kasper, brought the house down with his witty tribute to Angela Knox, special education teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

"It all began sometime in September 2003 when I was in kindergarten. I opened the door to Room 38, when I heard, 'You're here!' It was Ms. Knox," Draven said. "From then on, until January 2004, I learned the basics of kindergarten."

The fifth grader credits Knox with teaching him yoga, which was "basically a jumble of arm and leg exercises. It improved my health a lot," he said.

Rotarian Russell Palmer helped present the awards following a touching homage of his own to a former teacher. His advice to the teachers in the audience was, "Love them. Let them know they're special. You can change their lives."

HUSD Supt. Henry Schmitt said he often stops in and visits classes around the district. What he observes is "magic, caring, knowledge, motivation - all the things that are so important for our children."

Related Stories:
• Editorial: Great teachers have amazing impact
• Photo Gallery: HUSD Top 10 Teachers of the Year


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