On April 4, four local teachers were honored with "Teacher of the Year" awards by members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571.
The four teachers attended a banquet in their honor as they received the VFW's National Citizenship Education Recognition Award for their schools. The VFW honor is intended to promote citizenship and education in the community.
The four teachers are Col. Joseph Clark of Delta High School, James Hughes of Delta Middle School, Lisa Holst of Garnet Mesa Elementary and Susan Hamilton of Lincoln Elementary.
In conferring the Teacher of the Year honors, Post and Auxiliary members read testimonials of the teachers' qualifications and accomplishments submitted by their school administrators.
Col. Joseph Clark is the lead instructor in the DHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Program which currently has over 60 students. His principal said that he has brought energy and passion to his teaching post at Delta High School. He works to prepare lessons every day and focuses on instilling citizenship and leadership qualities in his students. He is a mentor to his students and doesn't let them settle for anything less than their very best efforts in every endeavor.
James Hughes received the VFW's Teacher of the Year honor for all of VFW District 11 which includes 17 posts in northwest Colorado. He is in his first year of teaching at Delta Middle School where he teaches seventh and eighth grade math, honors math, pre-algebra, and a 3-D technical design curriculum. He coaches basketball, cross-country and track. He is a native of San Juan County, Utah. He comes to DMS from a teaching assignment in Alaska. His principal noted he has the ability to motivate his students' learning and that his students attain high achievement.
Lisa Holst's principal wrote that she has the ability to motivate her students and that she creates an atmosphere in her classroom where students feel loved and care for each other. She invites guest speakers into her classroom to bring new knowledge and viewpoints, and to enhance her students' learning experience.
Susan Hamilton is a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary. Though teaching is a difficult job to do well, she does it well and has succeeded for her students and is dedicated to continuing in the profession. Her teaching style focuses on high standards and on citizenship. Her classroom has a feeling of pride and of family closeness.