Three Canby Teachers Honored in Waning Months of 2021-22 School Year

Canby School District has been busy handing out Canby Area Recognition of Excellence (CARE) awards recently, with the April award going to Eccles third-grade teacher Jacquie Fitch, May’s to Baker Prairie band teacher Jordan Paulus, and June’s to retiring Canby High CTE teacher Todd Roberts.

The CARE committee surprised Fitch in the Eccles cafeteria during third-grade lunch. Students cheered, while a few held up a large banner that read, “Congrats Mrs. Fitch!”

Fitch, who is a National Board certified teacher, is known for her dedication to her students even after they leave her classroom.

“Jacquie has stated numerous times that once a child is in her class, they are her students forever,” said the nomination from a community member. Fitch was also nominated for teaching to the whole student – acknowledging both their academic and emotional needs.

The following month, the CARE committee visited Baker Prairie’s band classroom to honor Paulus, who was nominated for his supportive and positive approach to teaching and for growing the band program.

Eccles third-grade teacher Jacquie Fitch was April’s CARE Award honoree.

Like other teachers during the pandemic, Paulus taught his students over Zoom. Baker Prairie Principal Jennifer Turner noted that even so, band students have grown as musicians.

“They sound great,” she said of the band, as she turned to Paulus and told him, “You are so deserving of this.”

The band class then proceeded to play an impromptu song for the CARE committee.

Before May’s end, in an effort to celebrate one last recipient ahead of summer break, the CARE committee ventured to Canby High School, where they surprised Roberts with the June award.

Roberts was honored for leading the CTE department, coordinating grants and budgets, helping put together the makerspace, and advocating for kids.

Baker Prairie band teacher Jordan Paulus received the honor in May.

As he prepares to retire after the school year, he said the staff and students have made his journey in education a “fun ride.”

Of the CARE Award, Superintendent Dr. Downs said to Roberts, “It’s a time to stop and say thank you and to recognize your hard work. We are incredibly proud, and thank you for everything you do for us.”

Canby Kiwanis established the CARE Award to provide opportunities to recognize individual teachers, counselors, coaches and other school staff who make a difference in the lives of others and in the community.

The prospective recipients must be nominated, and the honoree, or sometimes honorees, are then decided by a CARE committee made up of members from Kiwanis and the community.

If you know someone like these three teachers who you believe is deserving of the CARE Award, a nomination form can be found on the district’s website here.

Local sponsors of the CARE Award include Kiwanis and Columbia Bank, along with Backstop Bar & Grill, Wayward Sandwiches, Swan Island Dahlias, Puddin’ River Chocolates, Matt Olsen State Farm Insurance, RiceTime Canby, The Book Nook, Odd Moe’s Pizza, The Wild Hare Saloon, and DirectLink.

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