2020 Award Presentations
Annette Haag, Government, Psychology, Leadership, Senior Project and Economics teacher at Orofino Junior-Senior High School in Orofino, Idaho. Nominated by Cynthia Guitron.
Cynthia Guitron nominated Haag because she remembered her former teacher always going above and beyond for students and other teachers at Orofino Junior-Senior High School, often arriving early and staying late to be there for others. “She was so involved in the lives of her students and genuinely cared about everyone in the school,” said Guitron. “I remember always seeing other teachers coming into her room asking for help, advice, or information on anything they needed.”
Shanon Holt, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Borah High School in Boise, Idaho. Nominated by Courtney Biagi.
In Holt’s child development class at Borah High School, nominator Courtney Biagi felt engaged in a way that made Holt’s classes stand out from other high school courses. “Mrs. Holt is not only a brilliant teacher, but she creates a learning environment that welcomes everyone,” Biagi said. “She made all of her material relevant to our lives, even for those who weren’t necessarily wanting to pursue a career in early childhood education.”
David Jones, Visual Arts teacher at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho. Nominated by Rylee Newman. Former student and nominator Rylee Newman developed a love for art in David Jones’ art classes at Kuna High School during a tough time. According to Newman, Jones was sensitive to his students’ diverse needs as budding artists, allowing them to tailor assignments to their individual strengths and creativity, so students could express themselves and build confidence from their own perspectives. “Through Mr.Jones I developed both a love for art and the classroom environment,” said Newman. “With my degree, I can incorporate my love for art in the classroom.”
Brenda Mckenzie, Kindergarten teacher, Valley View Elementary in Boise, Idaho. Nominated by Natalie Swesey. Natalie Swesey is currently a student teacher in Brenda Mckenzie’s kindergarten classroom at Valley View Elementary and nominated Mckenzie after witnessing the outstanding support Mckenzie offers her kindergartners, especially during the Covid 19 pandemic. “During the 1st month of online school she created ‘front yard kindergarten’ where we went to a student’s house each day and read to them, and did some type of educational game,” said Swesey. “We have 46 kindergartners and she made sure each of those students and parents’ needs were met during the first month of school when we were online.”