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Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Linda Brown Fellows, Star Awards recipients honored

Laura Brown
Special to the Sun
2014-15 Linda Brown Fellows Award recipients, from left, top row: Dave Goggin, Tahoe Lake Elementary; Rachel Koles, Alder Creek Middle School; Betsy Redmond, Alder Creek Middle School. Bottom row; Katie Jamison, North Tahoe School; Suzanne Beye, Tahoe Lake Elementary; Lisa Abrahams (Liz Ewing accepting on her behalf), District Nurse.
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The Excellence in Education Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 Linda Brown Fellows and Star Awards at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) Back to School Convocation event on Tuesday, Aug. 26. All school district employees attend the event and the awards presentation is part of the new school year kick-off assembly.


Each year, Excellence in Education accepts nominations for the Linda Brown Fellows Awards, which offers the community an opportunity to acknowledge exceptional teachers in our school district. Last spring, the Foundation received more than 138 nominations filled with experiences and heartfelt stories of teachers who go “above and beyond” for their students.

The Fellows Program was created more than 16 years ago to help promote and acknowledge excellence in education. The award is named in honor of Linda Brown, a long-time teacher in the school district and a past Excellence in Education Foundation president. She set an example as a strong educator and leader in our community. The honor is presented to outstanding teachers who demonstrate originality, innovation and dedication to the teaching profession. Recipients each receive $2,000 to be used to enhance educational work within the district and $1,000 for their personal use.


Seven years ago, the Foundation saw the need to honor the classified staff of our school district and created the Star Awards.

The Star Award recognizes TTUSD classified employees who positively impact the lives of the students by providing outstanding support in their positions. The recipients each received $1,000 for their personal use.

The Fellows and Star Award programs offer the community an opportunity to acknowledge the work being done in our schools on a daily basis. Nominations for both the Fellows and Star Awards come from students, parents and community members, as well as any TTUSD staff member. No self-nominations or those from Excellence in Education board members are accepted. The nominations for next year’s awards will become available in spring 2015.

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization. The Foundation enhances public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to strengthen the learning experience for students.

Each year Excellence in Education raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students, teachers and the educational community as a whole.

Laura Brown is Excellence in Education Foundation’s executive director.