Do you know an awesome educator? Tell us about them so we can give them a High Five on Family Life Mornings! Starting September 14th, we'll mention a different teacher each weekday after 7am with Steve, Terese and Randy. And then check back here to see our Teacher High Five Hall of Fame.


Teacher High Five


9/24 Congratulations to Mrs. Jessica Buchman who teaches Kindergarten at Union Endicott in Endicott, New York. She was nominated by her Grandma Humphrey, who says this is Jessica’s dream job. In addition to her classroom teaching, Jessica and her husband have two little girls who are learning about God at home.

9/23 Congratulations to Mrs. Kimberly Burkhart, a third grade teacher from Milford Central School in Milford, NY. She was nominated by Jen, who says she is dedicated to her students through innovative activities and experiential learning. When school wen to remote learning back in March, Mrs. Burkhart helped Jen’s daughter push through challenges, no matter what. She is a woman of faith whose influence goes far beyond the classroom.

9/22 Congratulations to Mrs. Brenda Shimo in Mercer, PA. She has been homeschooling for 18-years now. In addition to teaching core subjects, she also teaches the Bible, and shares her faith with her students. She was nominated by her husband, David. He says two of their six children have already graduated and are off to great things, thanks to Brenda’s encouragement in and out of the classroom.

9/21 Congratulations to Mrs. Cathy Burne who heads up the First Covenant Church Preschool in Jamestown, NY. She was nominated by Janice, who says she has a sweet heart, especially towards children. The school just celebrated its 50th anniversary and is not funded by tax dollars. That means Cathy organizes many events that help to raise money to keep the school going. That’s a lot of time, talent and love.

9/18 Congratulations to Mrs. Rachel Murat who teaches US History and Participation in Government at Maine-Endwell High School in Endwell, NY. She was nominated by Chris, a former student, who says she was one of his favorite teachers in high school. Besides her classroom work, Mrs. Murat also oversees a meal delivery program. It’s no wonder she previously won a New York State Teacher of the Year Award.

9/17 Congratulations to Mrs. Elaine Luce who is a teacher’s aid for 3rd and 5th grades at Johnson City Elementary School in Johnson City, NY. She was nominated by Christie who has witnessed Mrs. Luce’s patience. She treats every child as an individual and helps them reach their potential in a loving way. She supports teachers, both in the classroom and one-on-one, truly caring for their well-being.

9/16 Congratulations to Mrs. Belinda Stenzel who teaches 1st grade at Holy Ghost Lutheran School in Bergholz, NY. Not only does Mrs. Stenzel teach during the day, but after school she tutors. She brings compassion to the classroom and even lets students call her at home if they have questions about homework. Mrs. Stenzel was nominated by Valerie, whose son has received that tenderness from his teacher. She says Mrs. Stenzel “loves with her whole heart and shines her light everywhere.”

9/15 Congratulations to Mrs. Tracy Brady who teaches middle and high school Spanish at Afton Middle and High School in Afton, NY. She was nominated by Alex who was having a hard time with Spanish during the quarantine. The help Mrs. Brady gave helped Alex advance to Spanish 2.

9/14 Congratulations to Mrs. Yonna Castle who teaches 4th grade Social Studies and Science at Canton Elementary School in Canton, PA. She was nominated by Allen who says she previously taught in private Christian schools and is now teaching in the public school system. She is a Christ-centered woman who loves to teach and influence our next generation. 

Teacher High Five Hall of Fame