Outstanding Educator of the Year: Named the 2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year, Karen Spencer, a 39-year, science teacher at C M Russell High School, was awarded this recognition for having gone “above and beyond.” Throughout her career, she has demonstrated excellence in education through her involvement in both educational excellence and community activities. Her work and dedication have earned her the respect of her colleagues and the honor as the 2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Golden Key of Professionalism Award: This honor exemplifies an teacher who demonstrates excellence in education. His contributions have shown his involvement in community and that he has diligently worked for his professional association. This is a teacher who has earned the respect of his colleagues. This honor was given to Bob Griffith, a math teacher from Great Falls High School.
Silver Apple Awards:
Individual: John Metcalf received this award because of his kindness, regard for safety, care and engaging interaction with pre-schoolers on his bus. The relationship he builds with teachers, parents and children directly impacts all of these young students by setting a positive tone for both the start and finish of their school day.
Group: Embark Credit Union Community Educators Julie McCamley, Erin Halcro-Townsend, and Bonnie Janicke. These three professional women visit and instruct financial literacy in classrooms bringing an awareness to students of economic reasoning that makes students productive citizens and wise consumers of resources, goods and services. The Embark trio’s educational programs provide a community service giving students financial fitness and educators resources for their classrooms.
Silver Key Awards: Recognized for their personal service, counsel and direction to the GFEA president, it also acknowledges their sustaining effort to advance public education and an independent teaching profession. Eric Bush from Whittier Elementary, Tom Cubbage from C M Russell High School and Alyssa Finch from Roosevelt Elementary.
Outstanding Faculty Representatives: Eric Bush from Whittier Elementary, Marilyn Cron, Lance Olson and Cathy Kuntz from East Middle School, Tum Cubbage and Alex Rosenleaf from C M Russell High School, Bob Griffith from Great Falls High School, Nathan Hicks from Chief Joseph Elementary, Gary Jenkins from Morning Side Elementary, Arienne Konesky from Lewis & Clark Elementary and Cherie Stordahl from Valley View Elementary.