Two teachers win $1,000 awards from Lawrence Schools Foundation

Two educators in the Lawrence school district are winners of awards from the Lawrence Schools Foundation, presented last month during the annual Foundation Follies:

  • Denise Johnson, who teaches second grade at Hillcrest School, is the foundation’s Elementary Educator of the Year. “Denise has an amazing ability to provide individual guidance and encouragement to each student, which motivates students to learn something new each day,” said Tammy Becker, Hillcrest principal.
  • Jackie Stafford, instructional support teacher at Central Junior High School, is the foundation’s Secondary Educator of the Year. “Jackie is phenomenal,” wrote Principal Anna Stubblefield, in her nomination letter on behalf of herself and her staff. “In a few short years she has become, like the library, the heart of the school.”

Johnson and Stafford each received $1,000 from the foundation.