Donelle Evensen, the Rymfire Elementary School Teacher of the Year, is the literacy coach for kindergarten through sixth grade.
With 13 years as an educator, Evensen has been a Roadrunner for her whole career.
“I have always tried to think outside the box and plan in ways to inspire and excite my students and the teachers I work with,” she said. “I also use student contracts and data analysis with teachers so that goal setting is a priority for each students to see their personal progress and hard work and each teacher to know what the next goal is for their own classroom.”
Before she became a teacher, Evensen spent 10 weeks backpacking with her husband around nine countries in Europe, including Spain, England, Germany, France, Austria and Ireland. The experience was a life lesson for her.
“I learned just how much we tend to take for granted in our ways of doing things,” she said. “I also learned how important a sense of home is, and being in Germany and walking in places that persecution and discrimination was so prevalent inspired great reflection as to how we treat those around us and the true value of all lives.”
She said she hopes her colleagues can see her passion to meet her students' needed every day.