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Lyndonville announces educator of the year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 June 2020 at 12:59 pm

District also approves tenure for teachers, principal

LYNDONVILLE – The district announced its educator of the year during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Bliss Thurber, a sixth grade teacher, will receive the honor and will be recognized at a future Board of Education meeting when the restrictions on crowd sizes are increased. Right now, the meetings are limited to no more than 10 people.

“Bliss is truly an exceptional teacher and is known for creativity, innovation, and will be receiving a $1,000 grant from the District for a special project in her classroom,” said Jason Smith, the district superintendent.

Thurber has utilized technology in her classroom, and also is co-leader of the AVID program for grades kindergarten through 6.

• RETIREES – The district also announced four staff members are retiring: Diane Thurber, clerical; Nikki Robison, teacher aid; Kathy Payne, bus driver; and Dave Balcer, director of Buildings and Grounds.

“We thank each of these retirees for their dedicated service to our community and district, and I look forward to recognizing them at a future Board of Education meeting,” Smith said.

• TENURE – The Board of Education approved tenure for the following: Paula Bachman, math teacher; Cassandra Fleck, school counselor; Jenna Goheen, elementary education; Amy Kingsbury, elementary education; Amanda LeClair, art teacher; Shane Phillips, health education; Alisha Schwarzott, English Language Arts teacher; Elissa Smith, elementary principal.

• MEMORIAL TREE – The district also accepted a $500 donation from Roger Miller to plant a flowering cherry tree in memory of Charles Prahler, who passed away on April 15. Prahler, 95, was an active member of the community, including with the Lyndonville Lions Club.

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