Keynote speaker Lana Kite of the Roswell Job Corps and Tim Fuller attend the Teachers of Character Awards Program 2013, Tuesday evening, at the Civic Center. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Character Counts! in Chaves County honored Tuesday more than 90 area educators during the 13th annual Teacher of Character Awards at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
The awards recognize outstanding educators who make a positive difference by demonstrating the six pillars of character, both in and outside the classroom, said Dennis Pabst, chairman of the Teacher of Character Committee.
Peers, parents and students suggested the nominees who were educators throughout Chaves County, from elementary through college.
Roswell Job Corps Center Director Lana Kite served as the event’s keynote speaker. Prior to her position at Job Corps, Kite worked as an educator for more than 20 years.
While it is not easy to be a teacher, she said it is important to recognize those who step up and “want to make a difference with young people.”
“Making a difference in today’s youth is the only thing we can do to have a better future,” Kite said. “Good teachers are invaluable to society.”
All nominees were recognized individually. As their names were called to receive a certificate of recognition, members of the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Guard cheered and applauded loudly for the nominees.
Goddard High School’s Sharon Bell took this year’s Gold Award, the highest honor. Bell, who teaches German, has taught for more than 20 years, mostly at Goddard. Teaching itself is an honor she said.
“My life has been impacted by students,” she said. “I tell them they enter my heart and there’s no way out.”
Silver winners were: Nola Miller, Berrendo Elementary; Courtney Miranda, Dexter Elementary; and Fronnie Bealer, New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
Bronze award winners were: Jeremy Busby and Darlene Jones of Mountain View Middle School; Nicole Chambers and Katy Vaz of East Grand Plains; Tricia Ervin of Dexter Middle School; Bob Heider of Goddard High School; Patricia Miles of Monterrey Elementary School; Paula McClain of Sierra Middle School; Angie Segovia of Sunset Elementary; Kristie Jurney of Washingon Avenue; and Robin Parker of Gateway Christian.