SES teacher named tops in Douglas |

SES teacher named tops in Douglas

by Linda Hiller

The scene was one of appreciation, humility, humor and celebration at the annual Teacher of the Year awards luncheon Thursday.

Twelve Douglas County School District teachers – each voted teacher of the year for their respective schools – attended the gathering at the Tahoe Ridge Resort.

The awards have been sponsored by the Douglas County Education Foundation since the group formed in 1984. This year’s president, Kirk Ledbetter, hosted the ceremony.

“We are proud to be here today to honor teachers,” Ledbetter said to the crowd which included the nominees and their site administrator, school board members Don Forrester and Randy Wallstrum; DCEF board members; Douglas County Sheriff and former DCEF member Ron Pierini; DCSD superintendent Pendery Clark and invited guests.

From the 12 honorees, Martha Framsted of Scarselli Elementary in the Gardnerville Ranchos was selected as the teacher of the year for Douglas County, receiving her award from outgoing personnel services director, George Mross. Framsted was in tears as she accepted her award.

“I do what I do because I love it, not for the money. To be acknowledged like this is truly overwhelming,” she said.

Framsted, 37, a native of Michigan, has been teaching 2nd grade at Scarselli for seven years. Her first college degree was in communications, but after working in the casino industry at South Lake Tahoe in publicity and other areas, she felt the call to become a teacher.

“Many of my family members are teachers and it just felt natural to go into teaching,” she said. After earning her teaching certificate, she started her first job at SES at the age of 30.

“The first time I stepped into the classroom, I felt like I was home,” she said.

Framsted is married to Bill, a hairdresser in Carson City. She has competed on a national level in sidesaddle horse riding (with much success) and currently shows her Arabian horses.

The 12 honored teachers at Thursday’s ceremony include: Jill Crandall, Meneley Elementary School, who said she was grateful for the community spirit of her fellow educators; Dana Vander Linden, Gardnerville Elementary, who said she tries each day to help her kids “be all they can be,”; Framsted who principal Betsy Palmer said is completely “child-centered,”;

Maggie Kersten, Jacks Valley Elementary, who said that as a kindergarten teacher she enjoys “getting kids off to a good start,”; Karen Reinhardt of Zephyr Cove Elementary, who principal William Robison said is an “outstanding advocate for the ESL (English as a second language) population at the school; Maureen Foley-Marenco, Minden Elementary, who said she feels like teaching is a “family affair” due to the camaraderie among educators and Angie Coleman, Pinon Hills Elementary, who principal Nancy Bryant said has a “passion for everything she does, including teaching.”

Middle school honorees were Kimberly Anderson of Kingsbury, who has shown principal Tom Covault that “special needs students are a gift to us,”; John Falkenhagen, Carson Valley, who principal Roger Gerson described as a “quiet man with a powerful punch and innovative patience,” and Don Baumann, Pau-Wa-Lu, who principal Charlie Condron said is an “exceptional classroom teacher” who has saved many a student from falling between the cracks.

High school honorees were Steve Vaughn, Whittell High, who principal Larry Snyder said was the finest foreign language teacher he’d seen in his 33 years in education; and Mary Roman, Douglas High, who principal Bev Jeans said was the “epitome of the word ‘professional,’ and the best she’s ever worked with.

“I could never feel more proud of our teachers and administrators,” said Clark, who spoke to the group.

“I am so proud and humble to be a part of this,” she said.

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