Golden Pride Award Winners

October 2017

A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.

Janet Turley and Robbie Hanchey

both new to the American Falls School District were awarded the Golden Pride Award for “above and beyond” service for the month of October during the regular board meeting held on October 23, 2017.

Janet Turley

is a seasoned music teacher who joined the American Falls School District this year.It is a pleasure to nominate Janet Turley for the Golden Pride Award. I would like to nominate her for many different reasons. As a coworker, I have noticed that Ms. Turley is always positive, upbeat, and enthusiastically engaged in her work. She greets each day, and each student, with a happy smile and an open heart. An outside observer can tell that she works hard to create positive relationships with the students and a warm environment in her classroom- which is a difficult task considering the amount of students that she sees in a given day and the amount of time that she has with each class. Although Ms. Turley is new to our district, it is evident that she has found a niche and that she brings a new perspective and energy to her position. As a parent I have been impressed as my children come home and can't wait to share what Ms. Turley has taught them that day- you can tell that she has a passion for her subject... and that she is sharing that passion with her students. It is amazing to see her reach beyond the expectations of her position in order to uplift, inspire, and engage. My children have certainly shared how they have been inspired by her warm personality and caring disposition. As a community member I have been impressed with her willingness to share her time and talents by volunteering at various projects in our city. Although she has many responsibilities, Ms. Turley finds the time to help build up our community. Ms. Turley embodies what education is about- creating a network of people, whether they are students in the classroom or stakeholders in the community, and showing them that they are important and inspiring them to learn. Thank you Ms. Turley- your dedication and hard work have been noticed and appreciated.


Robbie Hanchey

is the perfect example of why we have the golden pride award. In his short time here he has made a huge impact. He has lead professional development, organized multiple band trips, his guitar classes are bigger than we have ever had and he is planning a performance for these kids to showcase their new skills at Hillcrest Elementary; something that has never been done before. He incorporated the WTMS band kids into the homecoming parade. He has an infectious personality that kids love and because of this the band in going to continue to grow. I have heard many comments at games such as “I have never heard the band sound this good this early in the season” “The band director is great” one parent approached me and said “great choice with Mr. Hanchey, he is phenomenal”. I happen to agree with this parent, Robbie is phenomenal and I look forward to the next great thing that he is going to do.


May 2017

A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­American Falls High School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Awards during the May board meeting On May 23, 2017. Nominated were English teacher Terri Blair and Gear-Up Director Jaxon Jensen. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service for the students in the American Falls School District.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Blair’s nominator wrote: Terri is a perfect example of what the golden pride award is all about. We were lucky enough to steal her from ISU six years ago and she has been our dual enrollment English teacher since and has done a phenomenal job. Along with teaching the dual enrollment classes she also has taught our Language Arts class and our regular senior English class. This teaching assignment has her teaching at opposite ends of the spectrum and she does it flawlessly. Her ability to quietly motivate her students is impressive. Equally impressive is her love for her students; every time I observe her class I am completely impressed with how she interacts with her students. It is easy to see that she truly cares for each and every one of them. She is a dedicated teacher who spends countless hours outside of school grading papers so that she can give her students feedback in a timely manner. On some occasions this time spent outside of school would easily equate to another full time job. She does so quietly with a smile on her face and never a complaint. She is the type of teacher we all wish our own kids could have. I could not think of a more deserving teacher for the golden pride award.

Jensen’s nominator wrote: This is Jaxon’s first year as a staff member at American Falls High School and he has made the transition from former AFHS student to AFHS staff without a hitch. He has really made an impact on the lives of the kids he is working with. Because of his efforts our students will be receiving more scholarship money this year than ever before. He is constantly working with students’ one on one or in small groups. Jaxon does more than help get students exposure to college campuses and testing he is our go to guy when we need someone to cover a class or activity; he does not hesitate when asked to cover for someone he simply says “sure what time?” Jaxon is also one of our assistant softball coaches and has done a great job working with our girls on the softball field where he has developed positive relationships with his players. He is truly a perfect team player and always has the best interest of the students and the rest of the staff in mind. I am so glad that the golden pride award gives us the opportunity to recognize people like Jaxon, he truly deserves to be recognized.


April 2017

A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.

William Thomas Middle School was highlighted during the April board meeting of the American Falls School District. Nominated were PE/Health Teacher Jacque Foster and Teacher Assistant Rebecca Gallegos. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their service to the students in the American Falls School District.

Jacque’s nominator wrote: Jacque Foster has been a teacher at WTMS and AFIS for the past 11 years. She teaches PE, Health and Freshman Transition. In addition to teaching she also serves as the track coach. Jacque is a dedicated teacher that truly cares about the students she teaches.

Jacque starts off every day doing morning bus duty. There is not a better person to greet students with a smile and a fist bump as they get off the bus. She is especially caring for our student with down syndrome.

She has been a critical member of the 6th and 7th grade teams. She is the quintessential staff member; always being willing to do whatever is needed to help out. If there is ever a staff member in need of help she is the first to volunteer. She operates the scoreboard at basketball games and officiates volleyball games.

Her student’s level of care for her is as high as hers for them. Students adore her and appreciate the concern she has for their success. Thank you Ms. Foster for being the great teacher you are.

Rebecca has been a Teacher Assistant for the American Falls School District for the past 2 years. Her nominator wrote: Always going above and beyond in fulfilling her duties for the students at William Thomas Middle School, Rebecca Gallegos is the perfect choice for the Golden Pride Award. Rebecca spends a great deal of her time as a vital part of my classroom. Without Rebecca, I could have never used small group instruction in my lessons. She has had many successes working with students one-on-one or in small groups to help them better understand the material at hand. She works well with our students, and, in return, our students love her as well as her ability to relate them. I want to thank her for the many contributions she has made during her time at our school.

March 2017

A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.

The Intermediate School staff was highlighted during the March board meeting on March 27, 2017. Nominated were Marla Egbert, fifth grade teacher and Stacy Bolgen, computer lab teacher. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service for students in the American Falls School District

Marla Egbert has taught in the American Falls School District for 45 years! She was nominated for the Golden Pride Award by her fellow teachers, they wrote: Marla is a very positive and supportive colleague. She is also very dedicated to her job. There isn't a weekend that goes by that you don't see Marla putting in extra hours! She is also very supportive to her students, and is there for them in any way possible. We respect the fact the Marla is always trying to instill responsibility and honesty in her students. Marla has been eager to embrace new technologies even though they don’t always embrace her. Marla's true calling was to be a teacher, and you can see it in all of the lives that she has touched in her many years of teaching.


Stacy Bolgen has been at the American Falls Intermediate School for one year. She was nominated for the Golden Pride Award by the Intermediate School staff, they wrote: Stacy Bolgen is the computer teacher for the 4th and 5th graders at the Intermediate School. Besides keyboarding, she has incorporated Math, English, History, and Science Google searches into her program.

Mrs. Bolgen helps at noon with students who are struggling with math assignments or other work. On Wednesdays from 12:15-1:00 she will also work with students who are behind or who need special help.

A school newsletter was created by 5th grade students under Mrs. Bolgen’s supervision. This was done totally during the noon hour. In addition, for our Trimester 2 AR party Mrs. Bolgen volunteered to change her hours so she was able to run one of our Super Hero Stations.

We appreciate her willingness to take on extra responsibilities and do so cheerfully. She is a team player and the students and teachers are grateful for her.