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  • TEACHER OF THE YEAR

    Hesperia educator earns countywide honor

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  • HESPERIA — Mary Rivers, a fourth-grade teacher at the Krystal School of Science, Math and Technology in the Hesperia Unified School District, has been selected as one of three San Bernardino County Teachers of the Year.
    “Our district hasn’t participated for a few years and I really wanted to represent them well,” Rivers said regarding her nomination. “It was an honor and surreal, as well. I think my heart for my students reflected in my essays regarding how much I love my students and want to see them successful in life, not just in the classroom.”
    The three teachers will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 6 at the County Schools’ Roy C. Hill Education Center, located at 601 N. E St. in San Bernardino. Each of this year’s recipients also will be honored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, which is a sponsor of the County Teachers of the Year program.
    “We are proud of the outstanding work our teachers do every day across our county, and it’s inspiring each year to see the best-of-the-best honored through this program,” County Superintendent Gary Thomas said in a written statement. “The dedication these teachers have for their students is exemplary. It’s an honor to be able to share the terrific work they do for their schools, communities and districts.”
    With 10 years of teaching experience, Rivers just finished her first year teaching fourth-graders at Krystal School. She said having confidence in herself and her abilities translates into learning for her students.
    “I think it’s important to set high standards. Students will reach for it if you do,” Rivers wrote in her nomination.
    The principal at Krystal School, Tom Kirk, said Rivers has a “heart for teaching” and continually works at improving her craft.
    “Mrs. Rivers exemplifies what a teacher should be,” Kirk wrote in her nomination. “She is flexible, a constant learner, a collaborator and a dedicated professional.”
    The other two teachers selected were Christopher Brunette, a social studies teacher at Green Valley High School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District and Cari Gibson, a sixth-grade teacher at Cucamonga Middle School in the Central School District.
    Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or BSelf@VVDailyPress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @BrookeSelf or @DPEduNews.
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