Lake Tahoe teaching trio to be honored with prestigious awards |

Lake Tahoe teaching trio to be honored with prestigious awards

Jan Hrindo, Milt Hyams and Ginny Holmes will be honored as some of Incline's best and brightest teachers at a special ceremony next Wednesday.
Courtesy Joy Strotz / Strotz Photgraphy |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The public is invited to a reception in honor of three deserving Incline public school teachers who recently received prestigious awards in their areas of teaching.

The reception will take place Wednesday June 10, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Incline High School’s outdoor courtyard.


Incline Middle School Administrator Sharon Kennedy and K-12 Principal Leslie Herman nominated Virginia Holmes of IMS to receive the award of “Outstanding Educator from the Northern Nevada Math Council.”

Known by her fellow teachers as “Ginny” Holmes, and respected and loved by co-workers and parents alike, Holmes admits that she was secretly nominated. The award was a true surprise for this math teacher.

“I love working at Incline Middle School … my students inspire me every day,” she said.

After 33 years of teaching, with 26 years teaching in Incline Village, Holmes continues to thrive on seeing her student’s growth throughout the year.

Holmes reflects, “I want my students to see the value and applications of mathematics in their everyday lives.”


When talking with Incline Middle School’s Jan Hrindo, the winner of the “Sandra Daugherty Outstanding Science Teacher Award,” this talented and unassuming teacher admits she became a teacher completely by accident.

While studying education at the University of Transylvania in Lexington, Ky., Jan was given a math and science unit to teach to inner-city students.

“After achieving real success with these students, I quickly became hooked on teaching,” she said.

Soon after, she landed a job as a full-time science teacher, and 20 years later she is still drawn to the hands-on nature of science education.

The “Sandra Daugherty” award is given for creativity in the classroom, inspiring students, and innovation in content and delivery

Hrindo hopes to instill a passion for science in her students, and that many of her students might be inspired to pursue science in their future endeavors.

She says with a smile, “They have certainly inspired me to be a better teacher every day.”


National Board Certified and award-winning Incline High School social studies teacher Milton Hyams is the current recipient of the Nevada Humanities “Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.”

Hyams has taught the We the People program competitively for 18 years, with 15 years of his instruction at Incline High School.

He has led five competitive teams to victory in Western Regional competition, as well as leading teams to the national finals in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Hyams is a mentor for WTP teachers from around the country, and happens to be one of the scholars who has contributed to the We the People textbook.

Hyams emphasized that it was a “tremendous honor that they recognized a K-12 educator for this humanities award because we (K-12 educators) are on the front lines of the humanities … training young, conscientious, inquisitive young citizens.”

Help celebrate and honor these teachers at the reception hosted by the Incline Middle School Jr. Boosters and the High School Boosters.

Joy Strotz is an Incline Village parent and president of Incline Village public school’s music Boosters organization, CYMBAL.

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