Caldwell Teacher Wins Idaho’s Teacher of the Year Award

Caldwell Teacher Wins Idaho’s Teacher of the Year Award

by Areena Aurora, Idaho Press-Tribune

Rebecca Mitchell woke up at 6 a.m. Wednesday and got ready to head to school, thinking about her lessons — like she does everyday. Little did she know she was in for a surprise.

The 41-year-old Vision Charter School teacher arrived at her 9 a.m. class to find State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, who would inform her she was named Idaho’s 2018 Teacher of the Year — an honor that comes with a $1,000 award from the state.

Mitchell, a chemistry and language arts teacher, has been teaching for about two decades and was chosen from a pool of 18,000 Idaho teachers to represent the state.

Accepting the award, Mitchell thanked her colleagues at the school and her students.

“You (students) are the best part of my day,” she said. “You’re certainly the most interesting part of my day.”

Mitchell’s parents were also present at the ceremony.

“We are just so proud of our daughter,” Clarane Sundin, Mitchell’s mother said as she teared up.