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Connie Holland awarded feature teacher for December 2011

Every day, teachers make choices and decisions that affect their students – both directly and indirectly.  “When you become a teacher, you have accepted the responsibility for teaching every child.  School should always be about what is best for the students, period.”

Connie Holland, Teacher at Bidwell School lives by those words each and every day; it’s that dedication that helps her students thrive and also what has earned her the honor of the Feature Teacher award.

Holland has been teaching for 15 years now and says that she does it because she wants to have a direct impact on shaping future generations.  She runs the Learning Center at Bidwell School, which serves about 300 students daily in what she calls “targeted, small groups.”

“Mrs. Connie Holland is one of the most impassioned teachers I have experienced in the eighteen years I have been in education,” said school Principal Isaac Scharaga.  “She works tirelessly to better the lives of all of the children who attend Bidwell Elementary School, and volunteers for many different functions and projects that are student centered in our community.  She understands that through support to children and families, very high levels of expectations can be met, and the results of the children she works with speak for themselves.”

Holland credits her successes to the dedication of the entire Bidwell team, saying “Everyone here contributes to the great work of the Learning Center in some way.”

“Connie Holland is a resourceful, intelligent, creative, and caring individual who believes and lives her life in benefit to others.  The example she sets is one that all of us should live by,” added Scharaga.

The feature teacher award is presented monthly by County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tyler Smail, with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County.

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