STANFORD - A Lincoln County teacher who is positively influencing the lives of young people was given an A+ in honor of National Teacher's Day, which was May 4. In conjunction with Phi Delta Kappa International, a national professional education association, the Stanford Wal-Mart associates announced Theresa Toler of Fort Logan High School as a local "Teacher of the Year" winner in Wal-Mart's ninth annual national Teacher of the Year program.
Wal-Mart associates will present a $1,000 educational grant from the Wal-Mart/SAM'S CLUB Foundation to benefit the school and an honorary Wal-Mart greeters vest to the winning teacher.
"We're delighted to honor one of the best of the best," said Wal-Mart's Sherry Vest. "We are proud to help raise awareness for excellence in education and to salute teachers, who play such an important role in growing and shaping young people."
Winning local teachers also have the opportunity to apply for state and national Teacher of the Year honors. Increased this year, educational grants for an additional $10,000 will be given to state winners. The state winners will automatically be entered in the national competition. The national winner will receive an additional $25,000 educational grant for a total of $36,000 to his or her school.