First grade teacher wins Wal-Mart award
At Eagle Valley Elementary, Susan Forsyth has always been a favorite teacher among primary students and their parents. In her seven years of teaching at the school, parents have walked away from her classroom in awe at her skills and patience. “When I learned my son was going to be in Ms. Forsyth’s class, other parents told me, ‘Susan is everything you want in a teacher,'” says Eagle mom Sarah Giovagnoli, who adds, “They were right.”Forsyth’s parents – Dave and Joy Ortiz – were teachers in the county and Forsyth graduated from Battle Mountain High School. She married Roby Forsyth and the couple have a son, Clayton, and a daughter, Summer, both of whom attend Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum.Forsyth was recently honored with the Wal-Mart award, which includes a $1,000 contribution to Eagle Valley Elementary. The Wal-Mart award is given out every year to a local teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Any area teacher may be nominated for the award, which makes it somewhat difficult to win. Forsyth learned of the news on the last day of school. “I was so surprised,” she says, admitting that she didn’t even know the award existed. “I think it really shows how much Wal-Mart appreciates the teachers who work in our local schools.”Giovagnoli says that Forsyth deserves the award – and more. “She really makes a difference in the lives of kids. She’s firm, loving and caring – she’s an incredible educator,” says Giovagnoli. Eagle County School District spokeswoman and parent Pam Boyd agrees. “Not only is Susan a great teacher, she’s a great person. She’s a great example of what’s right in the Eagle County School District,” says Boyd, who adds that Forsyth will be serving as a mentor teacher for the elementary school next year. Parents also commended Forsyth for her communication skills and orderly classroom.”Her students were excited to be there,” Giovagnoli says. “And once your child has Susan as a teacher, he/she will never have a problem with reading.”
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