Boise State University and Alan and Wendy Pesky, founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, will honor four outstanding and inspirational K-12 teachers and their schools with the third annual Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching on Dec. 20. The awards will be presented during Boise State’s Winter Commencement ceremony.
The Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching (PAIT), which will be presented in conjunction with the College of Education, recognizes K-12 teachers in Idaho who have made a major difference in the lives of their former students through their passion and caring.
The 2013 PAIT will be presented to:
- Gina Bush, Maple Grove Elementary School, Boise School District
- Steve Hansen, Payette Lakes Middle School, McCall-Donnelly School District
- Jean Mortin, Grace Jordan Elementary School, Boise School District
- Art Sprague, Peregrine Elementary School, Meridian School District
Alan and Wendy Pesky funded the award and will personally make the presentations, along with Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education. Each of the four teachers will receive $2,000 and their schools will receive $500 each.
The Peskys also will donate $500 to Marian Pritchett School in Boise in memory of the late Marian Pritchett. Formerly called the Booth Memorial School, the name of the school was changed in 2002 to honor Pritchett, who taught social studies at the school from 1974 until her death in 2002. Over the course of her career, she taught about 3,000 girls from across Idaho.
Graduating education students at Boise State nominated teachers from their kindergarten through 12th-grade schools who had inspired them to become teachers.
The commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Taco Bell Arena. About 800 graduates are expected to attend. There are 1,518 students eligible for 1,649 degrees and certificates at this year’s ceremony, which recognizes students who have completed degree requirements since May 2013.