Tony Mendez inducted into Distinguished Teacher program

| August 20, 2014

Distinguished Teacher - eSOLSolanco High School multi-media technology lead teacher Tony Mendez has been inducted into Solanco’s special Distinguished Teacher program. Distinguished Teachers is a prestigious award that honors teachers’ instructional excellence, extraordinary success working with students, and professional leadership.

Mendez (right) officially received his Distinguished Teacher award from Solanco Superintendent Dr. Brian Bliss (left) at the Solanco School Board meeting on Monday, August 18. “Tony embodies all that one could wish for as a teacher—caring, skill, character, drive, and a belief in all children,” Dr. Brian Bliss said. “It is my pleasure to recognize how distinguished his career has been and thank him for all that he has done for the students of Solanco.  The list of students Tony has inspired over the years is a long one.”

Mendez began his teaching career at Solanco in 1998. He has also been an assistant coach for Solanco’s very successful wrestling team for the past 16 years. “I am very honored to be recognized by the district as a distinguished teacher. I take pride in being a teacher and especially being a teacher at Solanco,” Mendez said. “Many of the teachers, coaches, and administrators at Solanco have been very supportive in my career and helped me improve as an educator. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that I can continue to learn and grow from them.”

Mendez has received a Solanco shirt and a satchel, and his portrait is on display in the Solanco Administrative Office as part of his recognition for induction into the Distinguished Teacher program.

Eligibility requirements for the Distinguished Teacher award include a Master’s Degree, level II or permanent certification, and ten years in education, with at least three years in the Solanco School District. Teachers are nominated for the award by their colleagues or the principal of their school. Of the nominated teachers, no more than six, three elementary and three secondary teachers, may be selected at a time. Teachers who are nominated for the award must complete an application to be considered for selection as a Distinguished Teacher. The district’s supervision committee chooses a selection committee, consisting of teachers and administrators, to review the applications and guidelines in selecting teachers to be honored as Distinguished Teachers.

Teachers identified as Distinguished Teachers will serve in various types of mentorship roles for young instructors.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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