Friday, September 16, 2011

District honors ‘mentors of the year’

Teachers Feldhusen and Bliss celebrated at Boise State inaugural event


Two Blaine County School District teachers were honored last week as "mentors of the year" in a ceremony at Boise State University.

Susan Feldhusen, a special education teacher at Wood River Middle School, and Karen Bliss, who teaches kindergarten at Woodside Elementary School, were among 22 teachers in southwest Idaho honored at "A Celebration of Teaching" event on Sept. 8. It was the first year for the event, which is a joint awards program of Boise State University, the Idaho State Department of Education, the Idaho Education Association and the Meridian School District.

Teachers were nominated by their peers for the awards. Winners were selected by a panel of educators and BSU representatives.

According to a press release, Feldhusen has 30 years teaching experience and has worked for the Blaine County School District for eight years. A nomination for Feldhusen stated that: "To be a true teacher, one needs to be committed, [be] patient and have the desire to learn—Sue is a true teacher."


Bliss also has 30 years of teaching experience and has been with the Blaine County School District for 20 years. A nominator wrote about Bliss: "When a colleague or student is in need, she is the first to act, mobilizing support and gathering ideas for how to help."

"We are proud of Karen Bliss and Susan Feldhusen for being recognized as outstanding teachers and mentors in the state of Idaho," stated district Superintendent Lonnie Barber. "Karen and Sue are wonderful examples of just some of what our great teachers give back to the profession."

Terry Smith:

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