By NECIA P. SEAMONS
Citizen staff writer
Pandi Elison is Preston School District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. She teaches social studies and English at Preston High School and advises both the student council and cheerleader squad. In the past, she has also coached the school’s AcaDeca team.
“Ms. Elison is a very dedicated teacher. She puts a lot of time and effort into being the best teacher she can,” said Preston High School principal, Jeff Lords. “She works hard at school as a teacher, but you will also see her at many of the school sponsored activities in the evenings, either working or supporting the students. Preston High School is very lucky to have Ms. Elison.”
Among her colleagues, Elison is known as a team player. “She does whatever she can to help the school be successful,” said Lords. She has the respect and admiration of students and colleagues, alike he added.
Elison has been teaching 13 years, the last seven at her alma mater. She graduated from PHS in 1994. From there she went on to earn her Master’s degree in education. Her first job was at West Jefferson High School in Terreton, Idaho. After four years she moved to Bear River High in Garland, Utah.
“It worked out that I came to PHS (after two years) and I am glad I’m here now,” said Elison. She sees her role as a teacher as a way to give back to her community. As for why she would spend time outside of her salaried work to be involved with helping students learn and grow, Elison cited her belief that a healthy community requires a lot of people working for others.
“If you care, you want to make everything better and you have to build the whole community, not just your own isolated place,” she said.
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