Nancy King and Carrie Strain, Teachers at Roachdale Elementary, and Kathy Sykes, Teacher at North Putnam High School, are the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award for January. Beth Waterman noted that these three teachers represent over 69 years of education experience. This year, they had to step into a new role and become virtual school teachers. They have worked tirelessly. They have Google Meets with students and have helped in situations they have not done before. They are organized and do extra instruction outside of the virtual school. They are so appreciated.
Jason Chew commented that these teachers can teach life lessons. Kathy Sykes works well with students in making them learn real life skills. All three of them have had to learn everything and they have done a great job. Nicole Singer-Allee commented that they have backgrounds in Special Education and have been asked to teach outside of that. They are great role models for staff and students.
Nancy King graduated from Valparaiso University and Indiana State University. She has taught students at North Putnam for 28 years. She enjoys reading and attending high school football games coached by her husband and college football games coached by her son. Congratulations to Nancy King.
Carrie Strain has taught students at North Putnam for 20 years. She enjoys sewing, cooking, and painting. Congratulations to Carrie Strain.
Kathy Sykes graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and Indiana State University. She has taught students at North Putnam since 2007. She enjoys board games, camping, and fishing. Congratulations to Kathy Sykes.
We are very proud of Nancy, Carrie, and Kathy!