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Teachers move to the head of the class

Staff reports

Symbolized by the Golden Apple awards each received, 13 of Douglas County’s finest teachers went to the head of the class this week.

Nominees for teacher of the year were recognized at the Douglas County Education Foundation’s annual awards luncheon. Finalists were nominated by their peers at each county school site.

Chosen from this select group of educators, Jannell Sheets is this year’s recipient of the Douglas County Teacher of the Year award. (See related story in today’s paper.) Other nominees receiving an A+ for their efforts are Debbie Davis, Brenda Downs, Donald Frensdorff, Tonya Randall, Alfred Haas, Cathy Hackler, Robbi Jacobson, Jennifer Norman, Michael Schneider, Rowena Shaw, Cecilia Vaughn and Mary Whalen.

As reflected by the comments from school representatives, each of the teachers exemplifies the positive force educators can have on students. Like the title character in “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” these teachers have made an indelible impression on their students and co-workers.

The nominees’ experience ranges from relatively new teachers to others who have three-plus decades of time in the classroom. However, many of the teachers expressed similar sentiments about their love of the profession and dedication to craft and the students they work with everyday.

These people take pride in teaching Douglas County students, and it shows. We hope the community is similarly proud of this year’s cadre of fine teachers spotlighted by the teacher of the year program.