‘Teacher of Character’ nominees honored

March 6, 2014 • Local News

Teachers were honored on Tuesday by [auth] Character Counts! In Chaves County when the organization recognized 157 teachers who were nominated for the title of Teacher of Character 2014.

Fourteen teachers where honored for exceptional character in the classroom. These teachers’ nominations were exceptional and they represent what all teachers desire to do, reach kids on a personal level and help them reach their full potential as young people.

Dolores Ingram, a teacher at East Grand Plains Elementary School, was the gold award Teacher of Character winner.

Jaime Torres of Valley View Elementary School, Jennifer Tenorio of Dexter Elementary and Brittany Griffin of East Grand Plains Elementary School were named silver award winners.

Shelly Dunaway of Misouri Avenue Elementary, Tammie Hardt of University High, Teresa Anreis of Berrendo Elementary, Kassie Carpenter of Dexter High, Carol Fury of Dexter High-Middle School, Eric Evertson of NMMI, Debbie Anaya of East Grand Plains Elementary, Camaryn Henington of Dexter Elementary, Lori Johnson of Washington Avenue Elementary and Pam Wolfert of ENMU-R were all named bronze award winners.

Speakers for the evening included Judge Alvin Jones, co-founder of Character Counts! in Chaves County, who gave a history of the Teacher of Character program. Troy Smotherman, pastor of Church on The Move, prayed for all teachers after praising their efforts in teaching our kids. Tom Burris, superintendent of Roswell Independent School District, encouraged the teachers.

Keynote speakers Dr. and Mrs. Fresquez spoke about the changes of education over the past 30 years and how the schools had changed their family’s life.

The recognition ceremony was held by Character Counts! in Chaves County and their sponsors: Read and Stevens Inc., Excel Energy, AV Aviation, The Toles Company, Dennis Pabst and Farm Bureau Investment Service — Larry Marshall.

After a dinner catered by Roswell Job Corps Culinary arts department, all of the teachers nominated where recognized and presented with pens and gift cards.

For more information about Character Counts! In Chaves County, please contact Tim Fuller at 626-4495.

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