Kim Sheley, of Backus, was chosen as this year's Pine River-Backus Teacher of the Year.
Sheley was nominated by secret ballot, which read, "Kim creates a challenging and welcoming classroom where students learn life skills and gain in their own awareness and confidence as students. She is always searching out ways to make her instruction and classroom activities current and relevant to her students - a wonderful colleague and example of a lifetime educator."
Sheley teaches high school Family and Consumer Sciences, which is an umbrella term that includes foods, life skills, child development and nutrition classes.
Sheley received additional recommendations from her coworkers.
Naomi Horn wrote, "She expects a lot out of her students and holds them accountable to their responsibilities. She is personable, yet strict in a very positive way when the students need it, and she knows how to run a fun and enjoyable class."
Steffanie Bristow wrote, "Kim is an amazing educator and a wonderful teammate. I routinely see evidence of her teachings from dishes that her students share to the thank you/appreciation notes and comments from her students. As a teammate and school leader she provides thoughtful insight and perspective on how we can more effectively impact students in our classrooms and I mostly appreciate how she reinforces what is being taught in other classes! Thank you Kim - the honor is well deserved!"
"I work with a bunch of great colleagues," Sheley said. "I don't really like being singled out. I think we have such a good team up here. It's very nice. I love working in this district and I've worked here this whole time. I've had great mentors."
Sheley graduated from Backus High School before earning her higher degrees from St. Scholastica. She has taught with the school district for 32 years, starting with early childhood classes during her early career.
Sheley was honored Monday, Nov. 20, at a staff gathering.