Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U.
Four Valley View School District 365U teachers received a surprise visit and $1,000 worth of classroom supplies from OfficeMax Tuesday as part of the annual OfficeMax “A Day Made Better” advocacy program.
More than 1,000 teachers nationwide were selected to receive the honor because of their extraordinary efforts in the classroom. The program is designed to help teachers with the heavy out-of-pocket expenses they generally occur each school year to support their students.
The four VVSD elementary school teachers, Lisa Lynch of Wood View, Megan Berthoud of Tibbott, Heidi Legner of Jonas Salk and Mary Beth Lipowski of Beverly Skoff, received the supplies in their classrooms with their students looking on.
Lynch, a third grade teacher, has been with Wood View for 19 years.
Legner has been a Salk staff member since 2002 teaching 5th grade for all but one year.
Berthoud, a third grade teacher, has been at Tibbott for 11 years, but, according to Principal Ana Wilson “her connection to Tibbott dates way back to when her own mom, Gloria Reith, was a 3rd grade teacher here.”
Lipowski, is a second grade teacher, has been at Skoff for eight years but has been with VVSD since 1984.
Principal Laura Noon describes her as “a leader in the building who takes the necessary time to develop amazing rapports with her students and their families. She understands that in order for her students to truly succeed, she must reach them on a different level by getting to know them and understanding their background. She is respected by our staff and Skoff community.”