Friday, May 17, 2013

Rae "Kimo" Ormsby Named 2012-2013 Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year.

Rio Salado College Congratulates Rae "Kimo" Ormsby of Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix for winning the 99.9 FM KEZ Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year Award for the 2012-2013 school year.

Ormsby, won the Excellence in Education award for September 2012 after he was nominated by Amber Kalsow who was a student in Ormsby's Spanish class.

In Kaslow's nomination letter she acknowledged her teacher for his desire to impact students' lives through his Spanish class and give them the best education.

"This course has not only taught me Spanish but it has also made me learn a lot about myself. Kimo makes you think in depth. Kimo is not a person who looks at teaching as only a job. It is what he loves to do."

Ormsby expressed gratitude for both the September and end-of-the-year awards, and was emotional when he spoke about his work with students.

Ormsby was asked how much he thinks he means to his students to which he humbly responded, “Not as much as they [his students] mean to me.”

Ormsby’s spoke about helping students not only to learn, but to improve their lives and overcome the difficulties they face.

Excellence in Education has been a partnership between Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM for 10 years. Students and parents of students nominate K-12 teachers who are excellent at their profession and have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their community.

This past school year, a Valley K-12 teacher was selected each month from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning made a visit to the teacher’s school to surprise them with their “Excellence in Education” Award.

The surprise visit was broadcast during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers were rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, and a Rio Salado College gift bag.