Teachers Honored for First Year Performance

Teachers Honored for First Year Performance
Posted on 09/17/2018
Horizon Award Winners Graphic

The Spring Hill School District recently honored its 2019 Horizon Award winners. This recognition is given to teachers for exemplary performance during their first year in the classroom. The elementary school honoree is Sarah Lenz, fourth grade teacher at Wolf Creek Elementary School. The secondary-level honoree is Danielle Winkler, eighth grade Language Arts and American History teacher at Spring Hill Middle School. They both joined the district for the 2017-18 school year, and are now in their second year of teaching. As district-level winners, they will compete in the Kansas State Department of Education’s 2019 Kansas Horizon Award Program.

Ms. Lenz’s favorite thing about teaching is the relationships that she gets to build with students. She says “I love getting to know each and every student that enters my room and helping them learn to grow in ways that work for them.”

Ms. Winkler’s favorite thing about teaching is the connection she makes with her students. She enjoys finding new ways to reach each student at their level and seeing them respond and grow as students and young adults.

From left to right: Beth Cooper (WCES Principal), Dr. Wayne Burke (Superintendent), Sarah Lenz (fourth grade teacher at WCES), Michelle Hackney (Director of Human Resources)

From left to right: Michelle Hackney (Director of Human Resources), Dr. Wayne Burke (Superintendent), Danielle Winkler (eighth grade language arts and American History teacher at SHMS), Rod Sprague (SHMS Principal)

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