Finalists chosen for 2015 Inspirational Teacher Award

News release 

POCATELLO – The J.R. Simplot Company will present the 2015 Inspirational Teacher Award on Tuesday, April 28thto 20 educators from Pocatello School District #25. The awards will be presented at 7:00 pm in Highland High School’s Cafeteria. One of the teachers will receive $500 and nineteen teachers will each receive $100.

Each year hundreds of students, parents, and fellow teachers nominate the teacher that has inspired them the most. The Simplot Company advertises for nominations through local media and in local schools. This year we received almost 2000 nominations for over 350 different teachers.

The 20 finalists are chosen by a panel of committee members from the Simplot Education Council. They are chosen based upon their ability to inspire students toward life-long learning and by using innovative teaching methods in the classroom.

This year’s finalists are: Mary Spiker, Sandra Kenney, Kerrie Tolman, Maria Wilson, Dan Woods, Afsaneh Kazeminezhad, Doris Gunter, Nina Gardner, Thaddeus Ferrin, Jamie Aubrey, Christin Brown, Kris Boatman, Julie Fowlkes, Lori Schmitt, Melanie Parrish, Adam Finlayson, Janelle Arvas, Kaydene Nielsen, Lisa Holzer, and Aaron Hall.


This is the twenty-second year the company has proudly sponsored the award program. The ceremony is open to the public. Please consider attending and honoring these amazing teachers.

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