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Fort Washakie English teacher selected for award

Dec 12, 2013 - From staff reports

Fort Washakie High School English teacher Michael Read was awarded the Fremont County School District 21 Teacher of the Year award for 2014 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.

Read has been an educator for 11 years in subjects such as Spanish, social studies, theater and general educational development.

"Besides the joy of watching my students graduate and go on to college or get a good job, there are some behaviors which give me a sense of pride," Read said.

Read will receive a crystal apple award from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

"My primary goal is to have the students develop a strong sense of community within the school," Read said. "When this community develops, a shared sense of purpose becomes evident to all the students."

From the 33 districts that participated, each district winner received a $1,000 award, and the state winner will receive $5,000.

"When we honor one State Teacher of the Year, we honor all teachers, those who work shoulder to shoulder with the students," Hill said.

The state winner was Mick Wiest, a veteran teacher who works at an alternative high school in Sheridan.

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