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Teachers of the year honored by Cache County school board

November 21st, 2014 Posted in Opinion

By Jared Dangerfield

NORTH LOGAN — There were lots of jokes and plenty of praise given as five teachers from around the valley received teacher of the year recognition at Thursday’s Cache County Board of Education meeting. The teachers were Zane Christensen, Cache High;  Christa Bell, North Cache;  Randal Beach, Sky View; Pam Repko, South Cache; and Sherry Crosbie, Mountain Crest.

Zane Christensen, a biology teacher, got a little emotional as he accepted his award. He said he is grateful to teach at Cache High and says he loves working with the kids at his school. He said he doesn’t want kids from Cache High to have a bad reputation and says, “kids are just kids.”

From North Cache, Christa Bell, a ninth-grade English teacher from southern Mississippi who apparently makes a “mean gumbo,” was given praise by Principal Mike Thompson. Among many compliments, Thompson said he wished his children had a teacher like Bell.

Dave Swenson, principal of Sky View, couldn’t say enough about how great a person Randal Beach, the school’s marching band director, is. “He’s a darned good guy,” Swenson said. Beach lead the school band to a second place finish in the state band competition, and Swenson said he has helped teach faculty music appreciation as well.

South Cache’s soft-spoken speech pathologist teacher, Pam Repko, was recognized as being very caring toward faculty and students. She is known for helping students open their lockers and letting them each their lunch in her classroom. The South Cache administration is hoping that Repko does not get sent to Mountain Crest like some of its teachers-of-the-year in the past have.

Sherry Crosbie, from Mountain Crest, is said to be the hardest working teacher in the school and has taught just about everything in the computer technology and accounting subjects. She said she hopes to stay at Mountain Crest for a long time because half of her closet is orange and blue.

Along with the recognition, the teachers were given plaques and their families were acknowledged and thanked by the board of education.


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