CDA District top educators
There is no greater testament to the quality of University of Idaho teacher education than the educators that arise from it. In 2010, three of the four teachers named Educators of the Year across the Coeur d’Alene School District are University of Idaho alumni.
Teri Hamilton, physical education teacher at Skyway Elementary, was named Elementary Educator of the Year, and recently was honored again as the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Educator of the Year. Hamilton will represent the district in the State of Idaho’s Teacher of the Year competition.
Hamilton earned the honors while teaching both elementary and university students: She has been helping University of Idaho pre-service teachers to develop original choreography for elementary students in Reader’s Theatre Plus after school programs at Bryan Elementary and Seltice Elementary schools in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls this past year.
“Teri is clearly a life-long learner and an educator who is as committed to her University of Idaho pre-service teacher students as much as her elementary ones,” said Emily Duvall, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at University of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene.
A graduate of Whittier College, Hamilton holds a master’s degree in administration from the University of Idaho. She has served as a physical education specialist in the Coeur d’Alene School District since 1980.
Lake City High School band and orchestra teacher Tim Sandford was named High School Educator of the Year. Sandford earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1986 at University of Idaho and joined the Coeur d’Alene School District in 1995 after teaching in Montana. He returned to earn a master’s degree from University of Idaho in 2004.
Throughout his career in Coeur d’Alene, Sandford has led the Lake City High School band and orchestra program to earn numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious designation as a Grammy Signature School. His students’ most recent accomplishments include winning the Instrumental Sweepstakes and Overall Sweepstakes awards at the Seattle Heritage Music Festival. Sandford is active in community and educational music groups and serves on several district committees.
Canfield science teacher Michelle Williams was named Middle School Educator of the Year. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Idaho in 1999 and began her career in the Coeur d’Alene School District in 2000. Earlier this year she received the North Idaho Discovery Association robotics grant to start Canfield’s first Lego League Team.
Williams serves on the District’s Long Range Plan and Levy Steering committees, is a member of several professional associations, has served as a Brownie Volunteer parent and volunteer city recreation coach, is on the Board of Directors of the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, and has be involved with the Women’s Shelter Christmas program.
Lake City High School Spanish teacher James Anderson was named Rookie Educator of the Year. Anderson has lived in Chile, Peru and Bolivia and is fluent in Spanish. He discovered his love for teaching during a two-month, temporary teaching assignment, and went on to earn his teaching certificate at Central Washington University. He joined the faculty at Lake City High School two years ago. Anderson coaches football and basketball and also serves as a Venture Scout Master in Coeur d’Alene.