GOOD NEWS: Teacher appreciation

Teachers from Alpine, Fort Davis, Marathon and Marfa Independent School Districts were feted at a May 9 reception for National Teacher Appreciation Week. The reception, hosted by the Sul Ross State University Education Department, included a welcome by Bill Kibler, Sul Ross President, refreshments and a panel discussion about character education programs in the respective districts. Panel members are, from left: Jeanne Qvarnstrom, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Professor of Education, panel moderator; Crystal Amara, Marfa ISD; Kelly Springfield, Marathon ISD; Shera Welch, Fort Davis ISD; and Zachary Wilkerson, Alpine ISD. Qvarnstrom, who organized the event, said the reception is intended to recognize the tremendous contributions of teachers in the communities and the importance of the partnerships among local school districts and the university.