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Education Note: Valley educators win local awareness

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West Valley School District Elementary School Literacy Intervener Gina Berence Selected by the Northeast Washington Education Services District 101 as the District’s 2023 Teacher of the Year.

Verence, who works at Woodard Elementary School, was selected by the Commission based on the recommendations they received. She is currently eligible for the Washington State Teacher of the Year Award.

She has been an educator for 29 years and her current job includes best-practice coaching staff in providing coaching and differentiated coaching designed to meet the needs of individual students.

“The level of expertise that Gina Behrens brings to Seth Woodard’s students, families and staff helps promote a community-wide learning culture where quality and distinction are priorities,” said Principal Mike Lollar. “As a reading interventionist, Gina can consistently bring students from a measurable low level of reading and raise them above the grade level compared to their peers.”

West Valley coach Kyle Leidel also praised Verence. “Gina has been able to share and celebrate his talents across the Sethuddard School Building and the West Valley School District during his educational career,” he said. “Her vision, her passion, communication skills, and her work ethic will make her a good representative of Washington.”

Also called ESD101 Anthony “Tony” Collins Recognized as the best employee of the year in the Central Valley School District. Collins, who has worked at Horizon Middle School for 25 years, was once a student at the school. He works as a behavioral interventionist in general and special education classes.

“Even when the students were virtually attending school, Tony still worked to meet his students and their parents,” said Principal Joshua Walcott. “With a student-centric approach, without complaints, Tony stays in touch with the most endangered students who are doubly endangered in a virtual learning environment and connects Horizon with its teachers. I kept it. “


The Salvation Army requires parents who want to receive a free backpack with school supplies to register online in advance at the 13th Children’s Backpack Event in August.

K-12 grade children can receive a backpack with age-appropriate school supplies. The distribution date is scheduled for August 17th, 9 am-6pm (or until supplies run out) at 204 E. Indiana Ave. The Salvation Army plans to distribute 4,000 backpacks this year.

The purpose of providing registration is to speed up the line on the day of distribution. Parents should visit[登録:子供用バックパック]You can pre-register your child by clicking the box.

The annual event is co-sponsored with the nomnom convenience store. Donation vases are available throughout Nominal locations throughout Spokane County to fund backpacks and consumables. Make a donation and you’ll get a 20 ounce soda or 20 ounce coffee coupon.

Since the program began, the Salvation Army has distributed 49,000 backpacks to local students, and nonnom has raised nearly $ 500,000.


Northwest Farm Credit Services offers $ 2,500 college scholarships to students across five states, for a total of $ 235,000.

The regional winners are: JRensselaer Institute of Technology Spokane oshua Christensen; Cameron DickyWashington State University Medical Lake; TateFoster-NonnenmacherWashington State University, Davenport; Austin KangWashington State University Moses Lake; DakotakirianRitzville, Blingham Young University; Sydney kinchWash Tuckna, Spokane Falls Community College; Julia KleinOf Southern Nazary University Ritzville; Alianna KoeselLipscomb University Elk; Allison LenssenMontana State University Pullman; Haley ManzoOf Moses Lake at Big Bend Community College; Maggie MeyerOregon State University, Colton; Emily ScramblesUniversity of Idaho, Ritzville; Lauren StubsWashington State University Lacrosse; Madeline WagnerWashington State University, Odessa.

2022 Roadeo Winner

The three drivers in the East Valley School District head to the public after being ranked first in the category at the school bus safety contest Roadeo in the state. Drivers and assistants use their precise driving skills and legal knowledge to compete with each other.

Byron Schneider Won first place in general education on a conventional bus, Angie Pinierd When Terry Putney He won first place in the Special Needs category at the June contest in Kennewick.

Staff writer Skylynne McCaughey contributed to this report.