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Students honor three Edmond teachers

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honored Edmond high school teachers with the Crystal Apple Award.
By Beth Stephenson, For The Oklahoman Modified: May 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014

Three teachers, one from each of the Edmond high schools, were given the Crystal Apple award by Edmond-area members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The awards were presented by the nominating students on April 27.

Students who attend Edmond high schools were asked to nominate teachers they felt exemplified an outstanding educator and person. The teacher with the most nominations from each school was given the crystal apple. Nominations were collected in the students’ seminary classes, a school-day Scripture class sponsored by the church.

•Memorial: David Koehn, orchestra teacher at Edmond Memorial High School, won the award for his school. Presenters Kayla Utsch and Lauren Pitts said they nominated him because he is generous with his time and always is helping students achieve their potential.

Koehn commented, “I wave my hands (to lead the orchestra), and they make my ideas reality. I see my students’ potential and want to help them realize their dreams.”

Also nominated from Memorial were Justin Bangert, Amanda Fairbairn, Kristina Stevenson, T.J. Dortch, Kevin McDonald and Patricia Pinto.

•Santa Fe: At Edmond Santa Fe, English teacher Susan Newman received the crystal apple. Student Spencer Harmon said of her, “She’s always in a good mood. You never see her down. In class, she’s always engaging and funny. She’s a great teacher.”

Newman drew a few laughs as she accepted the award, but became more serious when she expressed how grateful she is to wake up each morning to go to a job that she loves.

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