2019-2020 Teacher Feature Winners

Name: Lise Pinkham

School: Idaho Falls High School

Date: October 1, 2019

Nominated by: Maren Archibald

Mrs. Pinkham is a phenomenal teacher! She cares about her students and puts so much effort into teaching. She provides extensive resources to her students and dedicates many hours outside of school to help students succeed. She is energetic, smart, and makes history enjoyable. Mrs. Pinkham lights up the school with her smile and is loved by all!












Name: Sarah Welker

School: Henry’s Fork Elementary

Date: October 8, 2019

Nominated by: Nychele Moyer

She works with special needs kids. She takes time away from her family. To stay after hours to plan for next days lessons. She loves teaching. She is an amazing mother, wife, daughter and friend. She goes above and beyond.








Name: Andrew Wilson

School: Highland High School

Date: October 15, 2019

Nominated by: NMarshall Riggall

Mr. Andrew Wilson is the Highland High School Marching Band Director. He has grown the band 25% in size, and he has turned the quality of marching band and music around 180 degrees. Highland High School has taken first place at both of their first two competitions, and expect a clean sweep for the entire season, based on judges comprehensive ratings that are double digit leads over any second place band. More than that, Mr. Wilson is much like a Father Figure and Mentor, creating community leaders out of the students under his care. He is much more concerned with who they are, who they represent, and who they have the potential to become, than the music they play today. He is an extraordinaire leader that has a compassion for the real hearts of the students, what makes them tick, what makes them want to come back everyday at 6am in the cold weather. He wants them to comprehend the lasting effects of implementing real discipline in every facet of the childrens’ lives. We are blessed to have him in our community, and in our school, caring, and sacrificing for our young men and women. He has more than put our school, and our band on the map, but he is creating generations worth of high quality community leaders. His leadership directly reflects great credit upon Southeast Idaho, The Entire Music Community, All Idaho State Educators, and the contributions his students will make as future Community and Government Leaders.



Name: Cathy Johnson

School: Rigby High School

Date: October 22, 2019

Nominated by: 39 different people. Students, staff, parents, friends 🙂

“Cathy Johnson is the teacher all teachers should aspire to be. To Cathy it’s not just a job … it’s the way she lives her life. She is kind, thoughtful, loyal, devoted, caring and many more things.” – Annette Fullmer
The list of accolades and letters goes on and on.








Name: Pam Kantack

School: Shelley High School

Date: October 29, 2019

Nominated by: Julian Paxton

Mrs. Kantack goes out of her way to help students. She is super nice and really chill. She willingly helps students when they need it, and she puts lots of time and effort into extracurricular activities such as BPA. She is an all around amazing person and a wonderful teacher. Shelley is lucky to have her.









Name: Matt Harris

School: Ririe High School

Date: November 14, 2019

Nominated by: Sam Huffaker

He has taught me a lot of good things. He teaches Web Design and Marketing. He has taught me in a way that is clear in most of his lessons. The lesson that wasn’t as clear he went back and revised it so that it would be a way that we could understand it. He does a great job teaching and is always striving to help the students learn. He is committed to helping the students and tries to structure the lessons in a way that is very learnable. He takes trickier concepts and finds great ways to teach them. He helps the students out if they don’t understand something and helps all his students to learn and improve. He does a great job at teaching his classes and I am glad to nominate him for the Classy 97 Teacher Feature.







Name: Carrie Ford

School: White Pine Charter School

Date: November 19, 2019

Nominated by: Kristi Smith

I have been so impressed with Mrs. Ford this year. Not only does she handle a whole room of 7 & 8 year olds flawlessly, but she also is fighting cancer, and goes to radiation treatments every week! You would be amazed if you met her. She has such a positive outlook and is the most caring/loving teacher I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She loves reading to her students and rewarding them every chance she gets. Please please please consider her for this award. She teaches in a smaller charter school but I know she impacts every one of her students for the better. She is definitely “a teacher to feature”. Thanks!






Name: Jennifer Tuck

School: Sunnyside Elementary School

Date: January 7, 2020

Nominated by: Lindsey Draper

Miss Tuck is the most incredible teacher! She loved each and everyone of her students. She stays current with her curriculum and teaching methods. She helps those that neeed extra attention but also challenges those that need that as well. She goes above and beyond in teaching her students send they thrive in her classroom. She is by far the most talented, gifted teacher send off my children have had! I wish she could be all four of my children’s teacher until they graduate.