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Linda Carter is Educator of the Month

Linda Carter is Monte Vista’s Educator of the Month for April.  It’s a special time for Linda, as she is retiring at the end of this school year. Linda was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.  She has been teaching for 30 years, and has been part of Monte Vista, teaching second grade for 18 of those years!  She has a long resume of awards and endorsements, and has been a district leader in science and writing.  Congratulations, Linda, on this award as well as your upcoming retirement.  We will miss you!


Janet Barbiero

Congratulations, Mrs. Barbiero, Educator of the Month for March! Janet Barbiero has been teaching for 15 years, and 14 of those years have been at Monte Vista. She spent 10 of those years in fifth grade and four years in fourth. When asked why she teaches fifth grade, Mrs. Barbiero responded with, “I love the curriculum and the age of the students. They are independent, still nice and are not just learning about themselves but about the world around them. They get humor and are fun to engage in conversations.”  Mrs. Barbiero says she really loves teaching 5th grade!

Do you want to know a little more about Mrs. Barbiero?  She says that Halloween is one of her favorite holidays and she loves anything spooky. She is married and has a beautiful, 7-year-old daughter named Marena who she says, “is my everything.” When you see her, congratulate Mrs. Barbiero as Monte Vista’s Educator of the Month

Heather MillerCongratulations to fourth grade teacher Heather Miller who is Monte Vista's Educator of the Month for February. Heather is in her 15th year of teaching, ten of those years at Monte Vista. She is loved by her students and our faculty, and is a valuable member of her team. Heather's interests outside the classroom include camping and hiking with her family, including fourteen-year-old twins, a five-year-old, and a four-year-old.

Diane EdwardsCongratulations go to Diane Edwards, Monte Vista's January Educator of the Month. Mrs. Edwards has been teaching for "about 30 years!" She taught preschool for several years and has been at Monte Vista for 14 years. She loves second graders, saying they are "happy and curious." She especially loves teaching science and integrates language arts into her science lessons.

Crystal Prew and StudentsCrystal Prew received the Educator of the Month award at December’s Leader in Me Assembly on Friday, December 15th. Mrs. Prew has been a teacher at Monte Vista for the past 10 years, her first year being the year most of her students were born! Former students knew her as Ms. Romans, as she got married last year and changed her name. Mrs. Prew went to Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. She grew up on the central California coast. We are really happy she chose to teach in Utah. Congratulations, Mrs. Prew, for being December’s Educator of the Month!

Kristen HeltonNovember’s Educator of the Month is Kristen Helton. According to Heather Miller, fourth grade teacher, “Kristen joined our faculty this year and has been such an asset to our school. She loves music, and she has shared this with our students. She is creative, prepared and always has a smile on her face. When you enter her classroom, you can feel the love she has for her students. She is organized and is good to collaborate with teachers to help plan music lessons that will go along with the core curriculum for each grade. It is wonderful to hear music in the hallways of Monte Vista. Thanks for all you do Kristen!”

Cami AndersonCami Anderson is Educator of the Month for October. Mrs. Anderson is a member of the dual language team for 4th grade, supporting the English side of student instruction. Her teammate, Dermot Kendal, wrote, “She is always super positive and well-prepared. She is very supportive and helpful to the new members of her team. She is a great teacher and colleague.” Congratulations Cami for being selected as Educator of the Month! Thanks for all you do!

Vaske's ClassAmber Vaske is September Educator of the Month. Her teammate, Julie Culverwell, wrote this about Amber: “Amber is a very happy person. She smiles a lot and makes everyone around her feel special. Her students love her for all of her great ideas and she is super flexible! She organizes the grade level’s many events and is always willing to share her great ideas. When asked, a student described her as a ‘teacher who is funny and nice. She always listens to me.’ You definitely deserve this award! Congratulations, Amber!”