Bonners Ferry High School is ecstatic to announce the awesome Donna Nystrom as the esteemed classified employee of this lunar cycle. She has been in the district for more than thirty years. Donna first got started by volunteering at Naples elementary school in a classroom filled with over forty first graders. (#What were they thinking) From there it progressed into a part-time job and later became a full time career. Donna also exclaimed that education as a career is in her blood; many of her family members took the same route. She continues to stay in the job to see BFHS students grow and mature as young adults. She strives to work hard, but of course not harder than the kids. Donna is well known throughout the community from working the clock at basketball games to selling items at the Farmer’s Market. We appreciate her dedication and hard work for the students and the school as a whole.
The Certified Teacher of the Month is: Mrs. Teresa Smith
Teresa graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Her initial teaching assignment was in 2005 at Mt. Hall as the ESL Teacher (English Second Language) for District #101. In this challenging position she used a variety of programs to meet the needs of students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2006 she accepted a Kindergarten position at Valley View. The next year she was transferred to second grade, which she has enjoyed and excelled at ever since.
Teresa Smith is an excellent teacher. Her professional style is a wonderful blend of common sense, intelligence and experience. Using the Love and Logic Philosophy, she is able to reach students with extreme behavioral needs. She is firm, fair and consistent. With hard work and determination, she prepares each child for their future academic challenges. As any strong educator must be, Teresa is a life-long learner. She is a team player, as evident by adopting school-wide training and practices. She is also a leader; she has taken on the lead position in the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Program at VVES.
Teresa is highly respected as a professional educator by her colleagues at Valley View and within the district. She is appreciated by the parents and loved by the students. It is my distinct honor and privilege to work alongside this fine individual. The tribute of Certified Teacher of the Month is justly deserved!
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