Lewis Design Build Remodel (LDBR) is proud to present our 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award winners.
If you are interested in nominating a teacher you think is deserving of the award, please review the nomination page for guidelines and nomination criteria.
The Lewis Design Build Remodel 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award is back for its third year! As November is the month most synonymous with being thankful, we can't help ourselves but be thankful for all our stellar community educators! This month's nominee is Mrs. Avila White! Congratulations! Here's what your nominee had to say:
"Mrs. Avila White started teaching because she didn't want students to go through what she went through in school when she was growing up. She said school was difficult for her, so she understood the struggles that the students go through. She teaches a 4/5 combo class. She has a very calm, patient, warm and welcoming demeanor. This may be her last year teaching, and I truly believe she deserves to be recognized."
The school year is drawing to a close yet again. Students are zipping up their backpacks for the final few times, as the stress of final exams is washing away. Teachers prepare final grades and begin to wind down for the summer. It's time for one final nomination for the 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award. Congratulations to Mr. Igoe, here is what your nominee had to say:
"I am nominating Mike Igoe who teaches 3rd grade at Brook Knoll. I truly believe he was born to be a teacher. He gets kids. His students excel in math. He also believes in the arts and frequently plays his ukulele in class and teaches the kids old time classic songs. He gets the kids up and moving which is so important for their well being and focus. He's the teacher that all kids want to have and we are so very blessed to have him this year "
Spring has sprung, and with it another exceptional community educator to showcase. Congratulations to Mrs. Smart. Here's what your nominee had to say:
"Mrs. Smart makes school and learning a joy for all of her students. She takes the time to build relationships and gets to know her students to help them in the ways that work best for them. She has made this school year a true joy for our children ! They have excelled in learning and happy to be at school because of her!"
As Spring draws in closer, we thought it might be time to celebrate another community educator with their passion for teaching in full bloom! Congratulations to Mr. Leshin of Scott's Valley Middle School. Here's what the nominee had to say:
"Mr. Leshin is a 7th-grade art & history teacher at SVMS who teaches with passion and compassion for his students. He takes a variety of means ( art projects, science, multi-media, etc.) to incorporate different options into his daily lessons helping to ensure his students succeed, rather than just lecture, homework, and tests! Marty is a dolphin through and through and was a superstar baller during the annual Jam in January students vs SVMS staff basketball game!"
After a challenging start to 2023, we thought it would be the right time to recognize another amazing community educator among us. Congrats to Mr. Ryan for being a fantastic example to kids, and a great counselor. Here's what the nominee had to say:
"'Mr. Ryan' as the kids call him is the counselor at Brook Knoll. He is kind, patient and very hard working. The kids absolutely adore him. He has served as a substitute teacher this year and is always willing to fill in where he is needed. He teaches our kids kindness and compassion. He also plays a mean saxophone!"
We're starting the year off on the right foot, with our first 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award Recipient. Be sure to check back to this page often as we continue to recognize community educators throughout 2023. Below is what the nominee had to say about Mr. Wyner.
"Not only is Mr. Wyner an outstanding Math teacher at SVHS, he also serves as advisor to the phenomenal SVHS Haunted House. My daughter is a student in Mr. Wyner's Math 2 class. He also teaches Math Academy and IB Math. He presents information clearly and meets students where they are at academically and developmentally. Mr. Wyner sends parents a personalized email prior to a unit test showing if your individual student has any outstanding assignments as well as their actual quiz scores. He also shares resources for test preparation. This is so helpful to ensure your student is on track. And in addition to being a full-time teacher, Mr. Wyner advises the SVHS Haunted House which is such an incredible event that brings our community together. He is on campus evenings and weekends to assist the students with this massive undertaking and helps those students in leadership roles to develop their planning and communication skills. This event also raises thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Mr. Wyner's dedication to teaching and SVHS students is remarkable and reflects the very best of Scotts Valley. "
As 2022 comes to a close, we want to round off the year with recognizing another amazing community educator. Thank you to Ms. Cruz for being an outstanding member of our education system! Here's what the nominee had to say:
"Ms. Cruz is a fourth-grade teacher at Vine Hill. She inspires students to have a life-long desire to learn. Her lessons are engaging, relevant, and thoughtful. She is also a huge advocate for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color.) students and students with disabilities and learning challenges. Our daughter has had the best year of her life with Ms. Cruz as her teacher. She always goes above and beyond to help ensure her students are kind, compassionate community members."
The LDBR 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award is back! We are grateful to be able to continue to award amazing community educators this school year. We start off with a big congratulations to Mrs. Jacobs of Brook Knoll Elementary School. Here's what her nominee had to say:
"Lisa Jacobs, the reading support specialist at Brook Knoll, has long done a heroic job offering one-on-one and small group support on campus to students who are struggling with reading. However, during the pandemic, Mrs. Jacobs did a truly heroic job, offering in-person support throughout the school year to students struggling with reading, even though her own property was damaged by the fires. While we have moved from Brook Knoll this school year, I believe Mrs. Jacobs' work deserves recognition."
As the school year draws to a close, we are thankful to be able to award the 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award to another deserving member of our education community. Congratulations to Mrs. Hannaleck, here's what the nominee had to say:
"Mrs. Hannaleck shows compassion, empathy, and kind leadership skills to all of her pre-K students. All of her actions really reflect how much she cares about her students and loves what she does on a daily basis. She’s truly helping to mold our students into living, caring, kind and responsible youth of tomorrow."
Congratulations to Mr. Sampson of Scotts Valley Middle School on his 30th year of teaching! Your outstanding commitment to the education of young minds is truly inspirational and deserving of the 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award. Below is what the nominee had to say about Mr. Sampson:
"Mr. Sampson was one of my daughter's teachers while attending SVMS. He is very comical, thorough and always keeps his students engaged with fun assignments in his Spanish class. He strives to get to know each student so he can understand their needs and build their self-confidence while learning a new language. His class really prepared her for Spanish 2 freshman year. Mucho Gracias, Señor Sampson - we appreciate you!"
We are another month into 2022, and the community continues to give praise to those in our local teaching community. Congratulations to Mrs. Losada! Well earned.
Mrs. Losada is a new kindergarten teacher at Vine Hill. Despite the challenges we’ve all faced with returning to campus full time, she has risen above and beyond with patience, compassion, and her ability to foster a nurturing environment for her class of children, many of whom have never left their parents due to the pandemic. Vine Hill is extremely lucky to have her!
We are starting off the new year on the right foot! We have our first 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award recipient. Congratulations to Ms. Clark. Your passion is inspiring!
"Our beloved music teacher of 20 plus years has inspired both students and teachers to indulge in the beauty, science, and fun of music! She has given herself passionately to providing both Brook Knoll and Vine Hill Elementary with a rich and CA Standards-based music curriculum. I proudly nominate Ms. Clark for this award and I know if you were to ask the classroom teachers they would agree!"
December was a crazy month for everyone. With the shorter month due to the holiday break, we are finally able to announce the December "U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award! Congratulations to Ms. Fisher of Scotts Valley High School! Well deserved!
"Ms. Fisher treats everyone in her class as a big family. She is extremely supportive, caring, and understanding. When she senses a student is stressed, she works with them to calm their nerves and works with each student to make sure they enjoy her class. Whether she is teaching history or planning student activities she always has a smile on her face. Ms. Fisher is someone that students always feel comfortable going to when they need help, or even just someone to talk to. I have never met a teacher who is so interactive, caring, and understanding with her students as Ms. Fisher."
The month of November is a time to celebrate all that we are thankful for. Lewis Design Build Remodel is thankful to our community for another amazing nomination! Congratulations to Mrs. Weiss of Vine Hill Elementary. Below is what the nominee had to say about Mrs. Weiss:
“Mrs. Weiss always goes above and beyond to make sure all of her students feel comfortable. At times, she has taken time out of her own lunch break to sit with children who have needed extra attention. She’s also helped to connect parents with additional resources for kids who need a little more guidance. Mrs. Weiss makes sure at all times her students feel safe and comfortable, and that is especially needed after the past year we have had.”
The month of October brings our second winner of the 'U Nailed It' Teacher of the Month Award. Congratulations to Mrs. Dyc-O'Neal of Brook Knoll. Below is what the nominee had to say about Mrs. Dyc-O'Neal:
"Passion, kindness, energy, commitment … Mrs. Dyc-O’Neal is all of that. Most importantly, her kids, our kids are learning with enthusiasm."
The community has chosen! We have our very first winner. Congratulations to Mr. Axelsson of Scott's Valley High School. Below is what the nominee had to say about Mr. Axelsson:
"Mr. Axelsson is a Directed Studies teacher at SVHS. He goes above and beyond to care for “his” kids and make sure they are all on track and striving to the best of their set of abilities. He is always there to greet the kids with a friendly smile and knows each individual and their strengths and views weaknesses as just something to improve upon. He’s made a massive difference in our student’s school life & we are very thankful!"
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