Apple awards for educators

Abby Parr 

Sugar beet staff reporter 

On Nov. 15, the winner of the 2018 Crystal Apple Awards will be announced at the Clarion Inn. As excitement fills the air, many of the teacher nominees couldn’t be more honored and anxious to attend the event.

Arts and Communications educator Barbara Hilt, has been teaching for seven years.

“Before I even got the letter, I found out on Facebook when I was on my way to Denver. This isn’t my first time being one of the nominees,” Hilt said. Hilt couldn’t have been more excited to be able to represent the high school in such a positive way.

“Being up for an award with such amazing teachers is such an honor. Getting to see my students grow into adults and find a desire for what they do is why I do what I do,” Hilt said. She is one of the 13 semifinalist.

Violet Dubois is the band teacher at Horace Good Middle School. Dubois has been teaching for eight years.

“For some students this is the class they look forward to because we have so much fun in here,”Dubois said. There were many emotions running through her mind the moment she found out.

“I’ve been nominated several time but have never felt like I was ready to go through with the paper work. I wanted to make sure I was going to take it seriously and have knowledge, background and growth in my teaching. It’s always an honor to get nominated, but this time I felt like I owed it to the person who nominated me to finally go through with the process and I’m so excited I did,” Dubois said. Dubois said she is glad she gets to represent the music program.

“Teachers deserve recognition and I love that I get to be an advocate for teachers and the middle school,” Dubois said.

Dustin Algrim has been a teacher in the district for six years now and is currently teaching computer applications and media literacy at Kenneth Henderson Middle School.

“I was really honored and touched that someone would think of me and take the time to put in a word for me,” Algrim said. Algrim has taught at the high school as well.

“Going through school I wanted to get away from teaching and went toward the business side. I tried accounting and hated it. So I just started off substitute teaching and loved it, then the rest was history,” Algrim said.

Abby Parr is a health academy sophomore, you can contact her at parra2@student.gckschools.

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