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Tahoe Truckee schools name 2015-16 teachers of the year

From left, TTUSD board president Kim Szczurek, board member Dee Dee Driller, board member Gaylan Larson, Gay Thomas, Superintendent Rob Leri, Sue Lowder, board clerk Randy Hill, and board member Kirsten Livak.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board recently named Gay Thomas the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Sue Lowder the Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.

Thomas has been a kindergarten teacher in the district for 19 years and does an exceptional job in balancing fun, wonder, consistency, fairness, rigor, and discipline in her classroom.

An extremely dedicated educator, Thomas has laid foundational skills in more than 500 students so they could go on to exceed their academic and personal potential.

She has been a key leader at Tahoe Lake Elementary School as they implemented a school-wide science focus and a district-wide leader in the development and implementation of TTUSD’s wellness policy.

Thomas has been instrumental in educating our community about how good nutrition impacts children’s ability to learn, and how important it is to create an understanding of health and healthy habits at a young age to support growing learners.

Truckee High’s science teacher, Lowder, has been with the district for 30 years. Currently she teaches physics, AP physics, advanced chemistry, AP chemistry and honors physical science.

Lowder is a passionate educator who believes in a hands-on, experimental based approach to science that sparks a real interest for all her students and is well-known for making a profound difference in the lives of all of her students.

In addition to teaching, she finds numerous ways to connect with her students outside the classroom including volunteering each year for Truckee River Day to lead the volunteer efforts of a hundred students. She also organizes an annual Physics Day field trips for her students.

“I am very proud of our teachers of the year. Both Sue and Gay are outstanding representatives of the high quality and caring teachers we have in Tahoe Truckee,” stated TTUSD Superintendent Rob Leri.

Thomas and Lowder will also be recognized at the Placer County Teacher of the Year Awards Reception in Auburn and as Teachers of the Year at TTUSD’s Welcome Back Convocation Event in August.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.