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Best CdA teachers honored

The Coeur d’Alene School District honored teachers and staff last week at the annual retirement/recognition dinner at the Coeur d’Alene Inn.

Erik Karns, a science teacher at Coeur d’Alene High School, was named Educator of the Year. According to a press release from the district, Karns said he holds his students to high expectations. “Every day, I enjoy the great feeling that my work is paying off in the lives of my students. Regardless of their grade, they both enjoy and understand science better,” he said. He has been on staff at CHS since 2004.

Katie Pemberton, a math teacher at Canfield Middle School was named the Middle School Educator of the Year. The press release stated that Pemberton encourages her students to think critically, be creative and share their knowledge with others, and she devotes time during her summer break to tutoring students struggling with math.

Virginia Whiteside is a Title 1 teacher at Bryan Elementary School and was named Elementary Educator of the Year. She serves on the district’s language arts committee and has been a master teacher for three University of Idaho interns. The biggest factor in seeing her students succeed is to set high expectations for behavior and academics, according to the district.

Jamie Esler, a practical science teacher at Lake City High School, was named Rookie Teacher of the Year. In his first year at LCHS, Esler has developed a welcoming, caring, productive and positive learning experience for practical science students. He volunteers for school events and is currently mentoring two students on their senior projects.

Library manager at Hayden Meadows Elementary School Kiersten Kerr was named Classified Employee of the Year. She has held the position since 2004 and did not have any previous experience working in a school library. Kerr serves on the building technology committee, manages the school’s Web site and is responsible for the testing process.

The dinner also honored 30 Coeur d’Alene School District employees who are retiring at the end of this school year.

Young writers recognized

Elementary students from Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston were recognized for their writing talents in the recent Idaho Public Television/KUID regional Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Awards contest.

Kindergartener Harry Baker, of Post Falls, was awarded first place for his story, “Harry and the Skeletons.” Samuel Anderson, a first-grader in Coeur d’Alene, received first place for his story “Fernando the Time Traveler.” Micah Rudy, a Lewiston second-grader received first place for the story “The Cookie Treasure.” And Lewiston third-grader Alex Ozeran was awarded first place for “Crabbing on the Oregon Coast.” All writers were awarded in the appropriate age-level category.

Second-place winners in the regional contest were kindergartener Laura Moler, of Post Falls; Moscow first-grader Christopher Jacobus; Grace Miller, a second-grader, in Kamiah; and third-grader Sean Schumacher, of Lewiston.

Third-place winners were kindergartener Joshua Nilson, Post Falls; first-grader Seneca Haidari, Coeur d’Alene; second-grader Lane Vanhorn, Lewiston; and third-grader Brendon Wells, Post Falls .

Contestants wrote stories illustrated with at least five pictures and submitted the entries to the Idaho public televisions station in their region. Statewide, 882 students submitted entries to the contest.

The four first-place winners qualified for the national contest, which will announce results in July.

CAD student excel at NIC

Local high schools recently competed at North Idaho College in the 2009 High School Computer Aided Design Competition.

Students from Wallace, Sandpoint and Lake City high schools showed their architectural and mechanical smarts on problems from NIC’s Computer Aided Design Technology program and the NIC CAD Technology Club.

Trevor Guinard of Sandpoint High School received first place in the architectural beginning CAD contest; Ethan Mathenia of Lake City High School was awarded second place; and Jeremy Bravo of Sandpoint High School received third place.

Zak Roundy of Sandpoint High School was awarded first place in the architectural advanced CAD competition. In the mechanical beginning CAD competition, Brandon Brain of Wallace High School received first place; Josh Newcomb of Lake City High School received second place; and Anthony Branz of Wallace High School was awarded third place.

In the mechanical advanced CAD competition, Matthew Kologi of Wallace High School received first place.

NIC’s machine technology students designed and produced the medals awarded to the winners.

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