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Teacher of the Year 2017

Mrs. Jeanne Dixon

Mrs. Dixon has moved mountains inside of her classroom this year! She has created a climate inside of her classroom where every child feels safe, loved, celebrated and challenged. Mrs. Dixon takes great pride in delivering a high quality education to all of her students and providing them with a rich and engaging learning environment on a daily basis. Her dedication to our students, families, staff, Evergreen Avenue Elementary School and the Woodbury City Public Schools district should be commended. She is often one of the first to arrive and frequently the last one to leave the building in the evening.

Mrs. Dixon is a 32 year veteran teacher and has served every single one of those 32 years at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School. She came to Evergreen immediately out of college and has taught at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade levels. She also served as a Reading Recovery teacher for many years. She currently serves as one of our stellar 1st grade teachers.

Congratulations on a job well done Mrs. Dixon!

Jeanne Dixon Teacher of the Year 2017


Teacher of the Year 2016

Mr. Mark Grundel

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." a teacher was born. Traversing many places and light years, Mr. Grundel now resides at Evergreen Avenue School educating 5th grade students; he is also the 2015-16 Evergreen Teacher of the Year!

With an affinity for the latest educational technology, a keen sense of mathematical and scientific themes, and, of course, a deep passion for Star Wars, Mr. Grundel has excelled educating Evergreen students. He easily forges positive and productive relationships with those in his charge. He flips classroom lessons and routinely video tapes himself introducing new concepts to maximize instructional time. Creativity and engagement are hallmarks of his approach. Lunch time, before school, and after school are all fair game for him to further elucidate a teaching point or to excite students in some new adventure.

Mr. Grundel has positively affected Evergreen in many ways outside of his classroom as well.  His stewardship of school safeties and the SLAG club for many years has helped mold the character of young students. The leadership he has displayed with the school’s Dad’s Breakfast Club and the creation of a book club for teachers, has spread his positive influence into the parent and colleague realm.

Truly, the force is strong with this one!  Congratulations to Mr. Grundel!

Teacher of the Year 2016 Mr. Mark Grundel


Teacher of the Year 2015

Ms. Trinna Savage

Tree for savage Compassion, love, caring, and kindness were the most frequently chosen words by colleagues to describe Evergreen’s Teacher of the Year, Ms. Trinna Savage. Ms. Savage has achieved this prestigious honor through an affable and warm demeanor that allows for easy connections with students, parents, and peers.

Quick to take an instructional risk or to volunteer to try a new promising technique, Ms. Savage strives to always up the rigor of learning in her classroom.  Students flock to her aura of acceptance and kindness finding a comforting shoulder to lean on through the ups and downs of their lives. Likewise, colleagues seek her counsel and enjoy her presence as an integral member of the Evergreen family.

Ms. Savage truly embraces the tenets of AVID and the principles of displaying a Growth Mindset. Transitioning from an Instructional Assistant, to a 3rd grade teacher, up to a 7th grade teacher, back down to a 5th grade teacher, and now as a 4th grade teacher in three different buildings, has enabled Ms. Savage to learn much and develop real versatility. Her current class is so fortunate to have such a well-rounded educator leading them.

Congratulations Ms. Savage! 

Teacher of the Year 2015 Ms. Trinna Savage