As the school year came to a close, outstanding teachers were awarded personal awards for their work in the classroom. These awards were more than just plaques to hang on a wall, they also included several hundred dollars.
The Cache Education Foundation helped to facilitate what is known as the Hats Off awards at end-of-year assemblies to teachers who were nominated by students, parents, community members or other faculty members. Each Hats Off award recipient received a check for $500, made possible by local businesses. In 2018, 12 teachers from throughout the Cache County School District received the awards.
|Cam Amott||Greenville Elementary|
|Deserae Archibald||Wellsville Elementary|
|Michael Bingham||Ridgeline High|
|Wendi Cardon||River Heights Elementary|
|Sherry Crosbie||Ridgeline High|
|Jacob Downs||White Pine Elementary|
|Kristin Howell||River Heights Elementary|
|Jan Jenson||Spring Creek Middle|
|Pam John||Mountain Crest High|
|Sallie Petersen||Mountain Crest High|
|Mike Rigby||Green Canyon High|
|Sue Thompson||Lewiston Elementary|
Each teacher received their award in front of the entire student body of their school along with Teri Lewis, executive director of the Cache Education Foundation, and the sponsoring business who made the cash award possible.
The businesses who donated to make the Hats Off awards possible include Adams Wealth Advisors, Cache Title, Cache Valley Bank, Caffe Ibis, Hickman Land Title, JBS, Just My Wish Foundation, Lasting Engraving, Lewiston State Bank, Meridian West Ventures, LLC, Northern Title, Pepperidge Farm, Rigo Chaparro/State Farm, and Young Auto Mall.
Additional awards were handed out specifically to the top high school teachers in the district. Belva Hansen is a former teacher at Sky View High School and mother of real estate mogul Del Loy Hansen. Her Hansen Honorarium Awards went to Doyle Geddes at Green Canyon, Penny Findlay of Mountain Crest, Melinda Lofland at Ridgeline, and Jon Womack at Sky View.
The Cache Education Foundation not only helped facilitate thousands of dollars awarded to teachers, they also directed thousands of dollars in scholarship money to students, totaling over $12,000.
The teacher awards and student scholarships were all made possible by private donations, 100% of which went directly to the teachers and students. The foundation incurs no administrative costs that cut into the donations. The foundation has its annual “Driving for Education” charity golf tournament coming up on August 7th at Birch Creek Golf Course. Additionally, the upcoming school year will mark the 30th year of the Cache Education Foundation.