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Fallbrook Masonic Lodge honors local elementary teachers

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Masonic Lodge #317 showed its support of local educators on Thursday, April 7, by hosting a celebratory dinner where it honored the outstanding efforts of three local teachers during the organization's observance of Public Schools Month. The chairman of the Teacher of the Year committee, Anthony McLean, conducted the program.

The three finalists for the Fallbrook Masonic Lodge's Teacher of the Year award were Amy Schwenke of Fallbrook Street Elementary School, Tiffany Coates of Live Oak Elementary School, and Mary Ellen Denny of William H. Frazier Elementary.

In regard to Schwenke, it was stated that, “Her colleagues see her as someone who is dependable, creative, and always willing to help.”

Coates was recognized for taking a personal stake in children's education. “She believes she holds the key to the success of her students and understands each student's learning style and needs, likes and dislikes, and personal circumstances that affect performance in school.”

Denny was noted for her multi-resource approach to teaching. “She is focused on the best way to meet her students' needs. She does this through consistent collaboration, data analysis, and communication with students, parents, and colleagues.”

Denny was the individual selected to receive the top prize and be named Teacher of the Year by the organization. She was presented with a $250 Staples gift card to use for educational supplies. As runners-up, Schwenke and Coates were each given a $75 Staples gift card for the same purpose.

McLean told Denny that the lodge realizes that the entire school staff is part of the overall excellence and that the lodge will provide lunch one day to all faculty members at the site.

During the event, McLean also explained the distinguished history of the Masons' support of education over the centuries.


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