104.5 the U and Crumbl Cookies have teamed up to celebrate a very special group of people, Teachers!
We are so grateful for our teachers and school staff. When things got tough, they got creative, navigating changes and helping students along the way. We’re giving our listeners a chance to celebrate their teacher or school staff superstar! Every Tuesday 104.5 the U will select one of your superstar nominees to shower with sweets from Crumbl Cookie with a 12 pack party box!
Crumbl Cookies has a lot to celebrate too! The nation’s faster growing cookie company is celebrating 3 sweet years!
We are so thankful to all our listeners to nominated school staff and teachers! Filled our hearts will all kinds of warm fuzzies, it was such a joy to read to the winners how much appreciation you have for them. With the Teacher Tuesday giveaway wrapping up for the end of the year, we’d like to share some of the nominations and notes of appreciation to remind you all how much of a difference a sweet note makes for our teachers and school staff! In other words, tell those that make a difference in your life how much it means to you!
“Jenna Seaman nominated Rachel Danielson at Franklin. Not only is Rachel an incredible 4th grade teacher at Franklin she is also the Sentinel Dance team coach! She volunteered for many years before it became a paid position. She works tirelessly for her students, dance team girls, and fellow staff. She also had to postpone her wedding until next summer because of Covid. Clearly she deserves some cookies 🙂 “
Miri Disney-Faller nominated Ann Bates from Chief Charlo. “Ann Bates is our school secretary. Undoubtedly she has had to make huge changes to adapt to this new school year. She serves everyone in the Chief Charlo community, parents, students, staff, and is the right hand woman to the principle. She does it all with a smile, welcoming attitude, and sense of humor that sets the tone for the school. She deserves to be recognized! “
Nikole Curry nominated Josh Eaton from Hellgate. “I am nominating Mr Eaton because he is my son’s second grade teacher and we have had to do the virtual live distant learning. I was very upset about my son having to be on the computer all day and do this however Mr Eaton has made him feel as if he’s in the classroom. Hes extremely fun and charismatic and makes all the kids in school and at home feel welcome and normal! “
Alli Batt nominated Sage Gustafson from Lolo School ” Sage is an incredible K-8 music teacher. As a specialist her routine has been thrown off incredibly. Students are not encouraged to sing or move about the classroom, forcing Sage to be creative. Not only that she is doing all her lessons from a cart now. She is giving the students incredible music education against all the odds.”
Mary Thompson nominated Jess Lucas with Lolo School. ” Jess is an absolutely incredible, patient, organized teacher that holds students to a very high standard, both academically and behaviorally. She instills a love of reading in every child she teaches. Students remember her for years to come for the love and wisdom that she provides. “
Melissa Johnson nominated Alli Batt ” She has always done a great job teaching art at the school. This year she’s gone above and beyond with her willingness to pack up her art supplies and cart them all over the school to teach the different grades while they remain in their separate classrooms. Despite the extra work and inconvenience, she continues to teach and accommodate these changes with a positive attitude. “
Dakota Long nominated Brandon Johnson ” Brandon is an absolute stud at Lolo Middle School. He teaches social studies, and is constantly thinking about ways to enlighten his students. Every middle school teacher would tell you that he does an amazing job with the students, and responds to their personalities perfectly. He is a fantastic teacher! If I was in middle school, I would want him to be my social studies teacher. I often look to him for guidance in my own classroom. “
Listener Chaise nominated Devon Honzel ” because she was the only reason i got through middle school”
Charity Stubb nominated Mr.Johns at Meadowhill ” Mr. Johns is the Meadow Hill orchestra teacher and does an amazing job at keeping his students engaged and enjoying music. His humor, enthusiasm and experience make him a great role model for middle school students and we’re so glad our son Blake gets the opportunity to learn under his instruction! “
Lissa Olinger nominated Alec Arntzen from Washington Middle ” Mr. Arntzen has a passion for education and fostering the young minds of middle school students. He is compassionate and acts with integrity each and every day. His humor and his wit bring light to any situation, especially these challenging times of simultaneously teaching remotely and in person. As a team member he is always willing to lend a hand or an ear–sometimes both! He inspires me to be a better teacher and I can’t think of a better reason to earn a sweet treat as a thank you! “
Bryce Nederhoed nominated Elizabeth Fessler “Elizabeth is a 7th grade teacher at WMS. She is the hardest worker trying to make a difference. For both teaching face-to-face and remote, Elizabeth makes her assignments meaningful. There has a “no fluff” policy. When have kids do busy work when there is no time for busy work. She wants all of her students to be exposed to real-world issues by working through a curriculum that is not always easy to make those connections to. She has a desire for learning and a passion for making her students feel like they can achieve anything. Elizabeth Fessler is an amazing co-worker, and an even better teacher. WMS is lucky to have such an amazing person at our school and in our community. “
Stephanie Fisher nominated Angie Schowengerdt ” Angie is a fabulous teacher and mentor to all students who enter her classroom. Her bright welcoming spirit is a joy to be around and makes learning FUN for all students. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she is a supportive, caring team player. I have worked with Angie for 3 years and can always count on her no matter the situation. Her creative problem solving and efficiency helps our team thrive. She is truly one of the BEST teachers and co-workers a person could ask for :)”
Saidee Danyo nominated Mr. Miller at Missoula Christian School ” He is a great teacher, and has been working at my school for 22+ years! He is a very driven individual and very devoted to his students. School wouldn’t be anything without Mr.Miller. He makes every day of school worthwhile with his bad dad jokes and “rapier wit.” It is my senior year of High school, and I must say I’m sad to be leaving it behind. I do know, however, that I will remain friends with Mr. Miller forever!”
Kendra Steele nominated Kathy Speake from Washington Middle ” Kathy is an amazing worker and friend. Kathy has worked tirelessly to make sure our building is clean and sanitized each day. She has seen us through a 2 year construction project and now COVID cleaning. Her job has been a consistent challenge. Yet, she always makes sure it is ready for students and teachers to work and learn in a great environment. Thank you Kathy.”
Candice Bouschor nominated Brittany Spencer ” I nominate Brittany Spencer, who is the Education Coordinator at one of PFC’s children’s group homes. She has been dedicating her time to help already struggling kids to navigate their individual remote learning experiences. These kids have been through so much, and with school already being hard enough without a Pandemic happening, I’m thankful for staff like Brittany who help our kids to meet their academic and intellectual potential. “
Brynn Molloy nominated sister Jenny Molloy of Franklin Elementary ” I am nominating my sister Jenny Molloy alongside the whole team of teachers at Russell Elementary. Jenny is currently living with me and I have witnessed first hand ALL the work she and her fellow teachers are doing to not only teach kids in person AND online, support the parents who are trying to help their kiddos at home, support each other as teachers, keep the kids and themselves safe and meet the demands and expectations (sometimes unrealistic) of the school board and parents. She leaves at 6:45 in the morning to get to school early enough to have some prep time because the prep time she used to have is spent helping others. She is rarely home before 5:00 and then proceeds to work on her computer connecting with the kids who aren’t in the classroom that given day and prepping for the next day until at least 8:00 at night. I know Jenny and her fellow teachers love Crumbl. They have made a habit of ordering it to celebrate making it through another week together during these trying times. While all teachers are deserving, I’d love to see this crew at Russell who is often overlooked, celebrated. Thanks for the consideration “
Elaine Higuera nominated Kristen Weingart ” Kristen is our district secretary and our school medical assistant. She is the glue holding out ship together. She is a calm and confident presence in the front office. He professionalism and confidence are helping our school remain open during this crazy pandemic. We could not do it without her! She is our toughest cookie and deserves some Crumbl recognition! “
Haley Gabel nominated Skylar Coutinho “Skylar has been an absolute saving grace in the lives of so many wonderful women whom I’ve gotten the pleasure to know Over the past 3 months. Sky is a teacher in a multitude of different gymnastics/aerial/body movement areas. She has taught everything from young toddlers first starting in gymnastics to adult women trying to strengthen their bodies in pole fitness. Sky shows up with knowledge, an amazing attitude, TALENT, and a willingness to endure each student receives the attention they deserve. Although this award is typically given to traditional educational “school” instructors, 2020 has been a year that’s nothing short of unique…so why not recognize a teacher who has been that little light of joy in many peoples lives, empowering them in their fitness journeys, during such a difficult year?
Beata Reintjes nomninated her mom Alison “My moms a artist so she has time to homeschool us, she works with Spark arts a lot. I am nominating my mom because she has to work really hard to come up with projects, and she only ever been a art teacher. So unlike real school teachers she’s coming up with stuff, without knowing how to really do it, like teachers… Also she’s just been really cool and been trying really hard. “
If you are a teacher or a parent who’s figuring out homeschooling or are part of school staff THANK YOU from all of us here at 104.5 the U, yáll ARE the MVPS.