Cindy Beukema, resource room teacher at River City, was the recipient of National Heritage Academies’ (NHA) annual Excellence in Teaching Award.
The award, which takes place every year, selects teachers from across the organization for recognition in 11 categories, including kindergarten- through eighth-grade, specials, specialists, and paraprofessionals. The finalists are chosen based on personal evaluations, parent satisfaction, and academic scores, to name a few.
“Our Excellence in Teaching awards shine a light on the unsung heroes who are every day making a difference in children’s lives,” NHA CEO Brian Britton said. “I love hearing the stories of joy and passion that our teachers bring to their work – stories that are humbling and truly demonstrate the purpose behind what we do, transform lives. These award winners are so deserving of this recognition, and I am proud to recognize their efforts.”
This year, 154 employees were recognized, with 11 final winners. The winners received points through an internal employee recognition program called High Five valued at $3,500, which allow the winner to choose from a variety of goods, plus a $1,000 gift card for classroom supplies, and a plaque.
“I am confident that she has made a lasting impact on each scholar she has worked with over the last eight years with our company,” said Holly Hillary, principal at River City Scholars Charter Academy. “Her drive for growth and achievement, both personally and with her students, along with her caring nature, are a combination for success.”