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Story Last modified at 10:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The faces of education honored at annual Chamber event

Staff report









The Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, along with the Chugiak Eagle River Foundation, held its annual Excellence in Education awards luncheon March 2, an event aimed at singling out the area's best educators.

The honorees ranged from a teaching assistant to teachers to a school nurse and gym teacher. The Chamber relied on votes from 11 of the area's 12 public schools' PTAs and staff to determine the recipients from each school.

At the Wednesday luncheon, the schools' principals introduced their respective recipients with a few words of praise for their efforts in helping educate today's students.

The winners of the 2011 "Excellence in Education" awards are:

1. Alpenglow Elementary: gym teacher Ellen Wilson

2. Chugiak Elementary: fourth-grade teacher Tony Sparkman

3. Eagle River Elementary: special-ed resource teacher Melissa Johnson

4. Fire Lake Elementary: School nurse Kelly Smith

5.Homestead Elementary: music and choir teacher Robin Hopper

6. Ravenwood Elementary: fifth-grade teacher Dawn Campbell

7. Gruening Middle School: special ed resource Kathy Adamich

8. Mirror Lake Middle School: math teacher and coach Mitchell Tarter

9. Chugiak High School: forensic science and biology teacher Brian Mason

10. Eagle River High School: math teacher Paula Strom

11. Eagle Academy Charter School: grade 4-6 teaching assistant Barbara Patterson

12. Birchwood ABC: (elected not to participate)

School superintendent Carol Comeau helped present the awards.

"The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber and The Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation are excited to provide our dedicated teachers with the public recognition they deserve for their outstanding efforts in teaching our next generation of citizens," said Merry Braham, the Chamber's special events director, in a press release.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.