17 educators recognized and rewarded for excellence in teaching

Thousands of dollars were handed out to teachers in the Cache County School District over the past few months as a result of the Cache Education Foundation’s Hats Off awards. According to the foundation, outstanding educators who go above and beyond the usual efforts of a teacher can receive a cash award to recognize them for their efforts. 

Teacher nominations for these awards are submitted by students, parents, community members, teachers, administrators, PTA and school community councils. This year, 14 such awards were handed out throughout the district.

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The cash awards were made possible by donations from local businesses and charitable donors. Those donors were often present at end-of-year assemblies at the schools where the teacher was recognized in front of the student body and received the award.

The awards began to be handed out on April 28th and continued until the very end of the school year. The following is a list of teachers who received a Hats Off award and who sponsored it.

<table border=”0″><tbody><tr><td><strong>Teacher </strong></td><td><strong>School </strong></td><td><strong>Award Sponsor </strong></td></tr><tr><td>Théo Anderson </td><td>Providence Elementary </td><td>JBS </td></tr><tr><td>Jeremy Baer </td><td>Ridgeline High School </td><td>Pepperidge Farm </td></tr><tr><td>Lindsey Faux </td><td>Providence Elementary </td><td>Cache Title and Caffe Ibis</td></tr><tr><td>Priscila Furlanetto </td><td>Sunrise Elementary </td><td>Adams Wealth Advisors </td></tr><tr><td>Vanessa Hall </td><td>Sky View High School </td><td>Northern Title </td></tr><tr><td>Laurie Haynie </td><td>Cedar Ridge Middle School </td><td>Young Auto Mall </td></tr><tr><td>Teena Ivers </td><td>South Cache Middle School </td><td>Hickman Land Title </td></tr><tr><td>Missy Kofoed </td><td>Ridgeline High School </td><td>Joan Mahoney </td></tr><tr><td>Rebecca Maxwell </td><td>Mountain Crest High School </td><td>Lewiston State Bank </td></tr><tr><td>Renée Nicholls </td><td>River Heights Elementary </td><td>Cache Valley Bank and Meridian West Properties</td></tr><tr><td>Patti Seeholzer </td><td>River Heights Elementary </td><td>Cache Valley Bank and Meridian West Properties</td></tr><tr><td>Kim Shumway </td><td>Cedar Ridge Middle School </td><td>State Farm </td></tr><tr><td>Richard Spackman </td><td>North Cache 8/9th Grade Center </td><td>Regan Wheeler and Just My Wish Foundation </td></tr><tr><td>Zina Tsai </td><td>North Park Elementary </td><td>Herberger’s </td></tr></tbody></table>

In addition to Hats Off awards, the Cache Education Foundation helped facilitate Hansen Honorarium awards. Belva Hansen, a former teacher at Sky View High School and mother of real estate mogul Del Loy Hansen, gives what is essentially a teacher of the year award to an educator at Mountain Crest, Sky View and Ridgeline high schools. 

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Those awards were handed out to April Cooper at Mountain Crest, Greg Hamilton at Ridgeline and Gordon Geddes at Sky View.

More information about the awards and the foundation can be seen at the <a href=”http://cefut.org/” target=”_blank”>Cache Education Foundation</a>’s website.

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