Butler County Times Gazette
  • Chamber welcomes teachers, presents School Bell Awards

  • The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce welcomed new teachers to El Dorado and recognized teachers who went above and beyond during the New Teacher Breakfast and School Bell Awards Tuesday morning.
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  • The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce welcomed new teachers to El Dorado and recognized teachers who went above and beyond during the New Teacher Breakfast and School Bell Awards Tuesday morning.
    After enjoying breakfast and being welcomed to the event, Superintendent Sue Givens talked about what a teacher is.
    She said teachers grade papers in their cars, grade papers during commercials and at the end of the semester, even in church.
    She also said teachers always have their necks out of joint because they are looking behind them when writing on the chalk board. They can sense gum, have the best conferences in the parking lot and always have time to listen. They also know they teach students, not subjects.
    Several of those outstanding teachers were recognized during the breakfast as School Bell Award nominees.
    USD 490 nominees were Connie Allmond, adaptive special education teacher at El Dorado Middle School; Rebecca Brown, El Dorado High School family and consumer science teacher; Lucy Christian, EHS Spanish teacher; Steve Fellers, EHS science teacher; Dave Herrs, EHS math teacher; Shelly Hill, Skelly second grade teacher; Ryan Hull, EHS business teacher; Cathy Lattey, EHS math teacher; Lisa Lechtenberg, Grandview fifth grade teacher; Candice Ogden, EHS math teacher; Bradley Raine, EHS social science teacher; Jane Squires, EHS physical education teacher; and Bob Risch, EHS art teacher.
    The Butler nominees were Robert Carlson, professor of chemistry; Amy Chastain, assistant professor of English; and Matthew Udland, assistant professor of vocal music.
    Christian received the award for USD 490. She was nominated by Stephanie McGivern.
    In the nomination, it stated Christian "began life working long hours in many different places across the country as a migrant worker. Senora decided the migrant life was not for her and went to the United States to begin her journey as an American citizen. Senora pushes us students to fulfill what we are meant to do in life, not only in the classroom, but in the community as well. I don't believe Mrs. Christian challenges us to see us suffer, but I believe she suspects we can go somewhere in life, so she enlightens our minds. I think of Lucy Christian as a person of substantial character, quality morals, and considerable individuality."
    Udland received the award for Butler. He was nominated by Karen Gelvin.
    His nomination stated: "Matt has an excellent relationship with his students and colleagues, and does his best to each one of them in any way he can. It was no surprise to me or any other member of the Student Life Awards when he was nominated multiple times for our Outstanding Instructor Award this year. Matt accepts any and every challenge that comes his way with a great attitude and a spirit of 'CONQUER!' He encourages his students to see life in a different light and to pursue their dreams, not just while at Butler but in their future endeavors. Matt makes Butler a better place for our students, faculty, staff and administrators."
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