Every year, the NEA invites its state affiliates to nominate outstanding educators for the Teaching Excellence award, which recognizes teachers who create learning environments that meet the needs of students across all abilities, cultures and backgrounds. Award recipients also must demonstrate a commitment to professional development and continually work to gain new knowledge that can be shared with their colleagues.
|Bakersville principal Judy Adams, left, and |
MEA president Sue Hannan, right were on hand
to watch Lucy receive her award
Canotas agrees that education is not just academic.
“It’s important to have relationships with students and families,” Canotas said. “When you understand your students better and make them feel comfortable and safe in school, they are better learners.”
Canotas and Bakersville are among several Manchester School District educators and schools recognized for various achievements in recent months.
|Lucy Canotas, center, with Dr. Livingston and |
Scott McKenna of California Casualty
The school will allow Canotas to determine how to spend the cash award to support Bakersville; she hasn’t yet finalized her wish list.