BP honors 5 Kenai Peninsula teachers for excellence

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

BP Exploration Alaska has announced its BP Teachers of Excellence award winners for the first semester from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The school board and administration recognized their accomplishments at the Feb. 18 school board meeting.

The program honors 10 educators each year as outstanding master teachers. Each teacher cited receives a $500 U.S. savings bond, a plaque and an invitation for a free tour of North Slope facilities. Five more teachers will be honored for the second semester. One of the 10 will be selected as the BP Teacher of the Year and receive an additional $1,500 scholarship for continuing education and a bronze sculpture.

This semester's honorees are:

Jennifer Carr: Carr teaches second grade at Seward Elementary School. She promotes a nurturing, giving environment where students feel they will be encouraged and successful.

"We strive for the ideals: honesty, kindness and high moral character," she said.

A parent who nominated Carr wrote, "She has truly impacted my children in a positive, lifelong way."

James T. Davis: Davis teaches mathematics at Kenai Central High School. To him, teaching and coaching are more than a job. His focus is on long-term achievement, he said.

"My goal is to provide the college-bound students with the background necessary to be successful at the post-secondary level," he said. "A solid foundation in math allows more students to succeed in their college curriculum and career choices."

His nomination said, "His true concern is to help his students excel at everything they put their minds to."

Sherry Matson: Matson teaches fourth grade at North Star Elementary School in Nikiski. She is the first elementary teacher in the district to achieve National Board for Professional Teaching certification, a highly rigorous process attained by fewer than a dozen teachers statewide.

"She is an outstanding example of the best of motivated, articulate and professional teachers," a nominator wrote. "She is a credit to her profession."

Linda Raemaeker: Raemaeker teaches government and history to juniors and seniors at Skyview High School near Soldotna. Her nomination described her as an innovative, dedicated and caring professional who cares about making all students aware of their civic responsibilities.

"Community involvement and civic responsibility are integral parts of my classroom," she said. "As an educator, community involvement has become part of my academic curriculum. A primary goal of my class is promoting responsible citizenship through diverse opportunities."

William Searle: Searle teaches band to grade seven through 12 at Homer middle and high schools. He received more than 20 nominations, which described him more than once as energetic, dedicated and inspirational.

"It is truly a gift and privilege for our community to have this excellent teacher in our school," one parent wrote.

Another said, "He demands excellence and effort. He is a father, mentor, teacher and friend to our entire community."

One student said, "He's not only one of my favorite teachers; he's also one of my favorite people."

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