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Pawsitive Teacher of the Month

Risley Middle School's Pawsitive Teacher of the Month program was begun as a way to celebrate our teachers' hard work and dedication, especially during this difficult year. The idea was presented by Mr. Griffin, our Spanish teacher, and so was introduced by his nomination. We have continued the program throughout the year with the previous nominee passing on the award to another teacher they feel deserves a lift in spirits for all of the dedication, hard work, and seemingly endless energy they give to their students and this school each day. Please celebrate our teachers with us as we honor a new Pawsitive Teacher each month. 
In November, Spanish teacher Jack Griffin presented the first Risley Middle School Pawsitive Teacher of the Month Award to seventh-grade math teacher Vickie Bumgardner. In his nomination letter, Señor Griffin shared that he admired Ms. Bumgardner for her grace, flexibility, and respectful attitude toward students and staff alike. "This teacher has managed to adapt to new and changing pedagogy and ever-changing expectations, all while keeping a positive attitude," Señor Griffin wrote. Congratulations and much appreciation to Ms. Bumgardner!
Congratulations to Miriam Eaddy, our Pawsitive Teacher of the month for December.
 
Miriam Eaddy
In December, seventh-grade math teacher Vickie Bumgardner chose her teammate, seventh-grade science teacher Miriam Eaddy, as Risley Middle School's Pawsitive Teacher of the Month. In her nomination letter, Ms. Bumgardner cited Ms. Eaddy's positive, proactive, and caring relationships with parents and students; classroom routines in place to ensure student success; and dependability as among her reasons for selecting Ms. Eaddy. "I have heard this person repeatedly say, 'I want to be in the classroom with my children.' This outstanding educator states the need to be with 'my kids,'" Ms. Bumgardner wrote. Congratulations and much appreciation to Ms. Eaddy!
In January, seventh-grade science teacher Miriam Eaddy chose eighth-grade Resource teacher Cynthia Langston as the Risley Middle School Pawsitive Teacher of the Month. According to Ms. Eaddy, Ms. Langston demonstrates the Risley Difference by ensuring her students' needs are met, even if it means challenging herself; following the Golden Rule; and getting the job done and done well, no matter what. "My nominee expects nothing but the best from the students who are lucky enough to have this great educator," Ms. Eaddy wrote. "This educator is kind, patient, helps all students, is a great math teacher, and ... a great cook." Congratulations and much appreciation to Ms. Langston!
Congratulations to Monica Siena, our Pawsitive Teacher of the month for February.
 
Monica Siena
In February, eighth-grade Resource teacher Cynthia Langston chose sixth-grade Resource teacher Monica Siena as Risley Middle School's Pawsitive Teacher of the Month. Ms. Langston cited Ms. Siena's dedication to the school and its students, her dependability, and desire to ensure student success as reasons for selecting her. "My nominee came to Risley to work in one area, but has since taken on the challenge to see certification in another area. This goes to show you how dedicated she is to better the offerings here at Risley," Ms. Langston wrote. "Her commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed and is a direct reflection of her life." Congratulations and much appreciation to Ms. Siena!
Congratulations to Ashley Liles, our Pawsitive Teacher of the Month for March.
Ashley Liles
In March, sixth-grade Resource teacher Monica Siena chose eighth-grade science teacher Ashley Liles as the Risley Middle School Pawsitive Teacher of the Month. In her nomination letter, Ms. Siena shared that she admired Ms. Liles for her willingness to help with everything from planning school dances to covering classes; her growth as a teacher; and her dedication to and love for her students. "This person came back from maternity leave five days early!" Ms. Siena wrote. "When you ask her why she wanted to come back, her answer is always the same: the kids. She is seriously all about her students and will do anything to make them succeed." Congratulations and much appreciation to Ms. Liles!
Congratulations, Ms. Trautz, our Pawsitive Teacher of the Month for April!
In May, eighth-grade science teacher Mallorie Trautz chose her teammate, eighth-grade math teacher Kelly Brown, as Risley Middle School's Pawsitive Teacher of the Month. In her nomination letter, Ms. Trautz wrote that Ms. Brown was responsible, intelligent, supportive, a leader, energetic, and youthful. "She is a strong teacher and a great person to work with," Ms. Trautz wrote. "I am so thankful to work with her, and she has been a mentor to me. She is my work mom!" Congratulations and much appreciation to Ms. Brown!