by Thornton Wilder
The Cutter Theatre
During an assembly on November 8, Principal Larry Reed and cheerleading coach, Kathy Johnson, coordinated the Selkirk Middle/High School students in an iPad-illuminated “thank you” to Dave Riggleman and Teck! Superintendent Nancy Lotze also presented Mr. Riggleman with a commemorative plaque. Through Teck’s Community Investment program, Dave Riggleman was able to access funds to purchase 85 iPad Mini units for students in grades 9-12. The existing full-size iPads, from our AP English grant last year, were then reallocated to 8th grade students creating a 1:1 learning environment for all students in grades 8-12!
Teck’s Community Investment program, under the education component, funds programs and initiatives designed to enhance access to educational resources and training opportunities, including early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling, …with particular emphasis on programs of relevance to the mining, metals and energy industries.
The integration of technology will increase student engagement and application of skills important to all future student careers including communication, reading, math, science, and vocational areas! This program has the potential to change the way education looks at Selkirk and will allow the district to utilize digital learning resources that can be updated quickly and replaced at little or no cost. This amazing opportunity would not be possible without the efforts of Mr. Riggleman and the gracious donation from Teck!
►This teacher creates a classroom culture where students feel comfortable, safe, and respected.
►This teacher has probably insisted you attend cultural events both inside and outside of our community and this teacher is often the person who plans, organizes, acts or participates in, or chaperones these events.
►This year's Educator of the Year is someone who is caring, respectful, creative, funny, (maybe even a little crazy at times) and, without exception, highly regarded by all students.
When Mr. Kinney's name was announced, the students responded with a loud roar of approval and a spontaneous standing ovation. He began his teaching career in 1974 with 21 of those years spent at Selkirk.
In addition to his teaching skills, he has also been the driving force behind a student-run environmental lab. About 15 years ago, Mr. Kinney wrote a grant to the Toyota Foundation. With the $10,000 awarded he turned a classroom into a second lab where students learn about water and waste-water testing. He and his students provide testing services to many local water systems and the lab is also a source of summer jobs for students who do well in Mr. Kinney's classes. This fall, he was featured in Educational Service District 101's FOCUS newsletter, October edition. Visit the school district website section "Kudos to..." to read the article.
Mr. Kinney is also a member of the Selkirk Humanities Board which funds student art and culture events through donations. So, if you see this amazing educator around this summer, please tell him congratulations on his award, but mostly tell him thank you for all he does for Selkirk students!