Twonamed Blaine teachers of year

Published on Thu, May 31, 2007 by ack Kintner

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Two named Blaine teachers of year

By Jack Kintner

Kerry Munkres and Molly Mitchell-Mumma were honored as Blaine’s teachers of the year at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
The two were nominated by their peers for the award and the final selection was made by the school district administration. Munkres teaches high school special education and life skills transition in a building known as the “white house” that sits just west of the special education and federal programs office.

Mitchell-Mumma teaches seventh grade language arts and social studies as well as middle school PE. Middle school principal Darren Benson said that she “has the right attitude, keeping the complex simple.”

High school English teacher Neil Nix was given a certificate of appreciation by the board for his “countless hours of dedication in facilitating the senior boards process.”

Each Blaine senior must complete a 20-hour senior project, a portfolio that includes a 13th year plan, a reflective essay and then present all of this to a board of one school staff and as many as three community members.

All this has been coordinated by Nix for the past several years.
The boards are a graduation requirement for Blaine seniors “and even though the state requirement doesn’t kick in until next year, thanks to Nix we’re years ahead of the game,” said principal Dan Newell.

The projects are designed to confirm the student’s mastery of communication, time management and personal planning skills, Newell continued, “and Neil has been the driving force behind the program, with a strong supporting cast of people like Steve Barthlow, Rick Shockey and Jeff Worthy and others.”