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Teacher of the Year 2018

Ms. Kathie Spittal

Walnut is proud to announce Ms. Spittal, our preK teacher, as the Walnut Teacher of the Year. Ms. Spittal is relatively new to Walnut, but in the short time she has been here she has become part of the fabric of the building. Although Ms. Spittal is a newbie at Walnut, she has been with the district for many years and has taught hundreds of students, some of whom are now adults who are pillars of the Woodbury community. Thus her impact on the district and City of Woodbury is far reaching and well beyond the walls of Walnut.

For us though at Walnut, our focus in on the work she does day in and day out in her preK classroom and throughout the school. She truly comes to school each day full of energy with a heart full of  love for her students and has that zeal and energy of a first year teacher. Her classroom is a buzz with vibrant energy of kids singing, dancing, playing, learning, laughing, exploring, collaborating, growing, and having fun. Although it’s preK, don’t be mistaken. Ms. Spittal is a master at pushing her students to make academic growth and it is amazing to see our 3- and 4- year-old students developing a site vocabulary and even reading some sentences and small books before the end of preK!

Beyond her classroom Ms. Spittal has become a team player supporting broad initiatives throughout the building. She created the N.U.T.T.Y. kids student recognition program and was the driving force behind our First Annual Student Talent Show last year. She also has a great positive vibe in the building, always bringing a smile to her colleagues through a kind word, a collaborative teaching idea, or even a funny joke (usually at my expense...lol) every now and again.  In summary, Walnut is blessed to have had Ms. Spittal join our team and we whole heartedly congratulate and celebrate with her this honor!

-- Dr. Jeffrey Adams, principal


Teacher of the Year 2017

Ms. Suzanne Hill

Ms. Hill is a creative thinker that brings innovation and new ideas to her students on a daily basis. She masterfully develops collaborative activities for her students that engages students on multiple levels. This creates a classroom atmosphere that buzzes with student interactions and hands on activities. She truly tries to make learning fun and meaningful for her students creating connections that take place in the classroom, yet transcend the walls of the building. It is with great pleasure that we honor her as the Walnut Street School teacher of the year. 

-- Dr. Jeffrey Adams, principal

Ms. Suzanne Hill photo


Teacher of the Year 2016

Ms. Nancy Runzer

Ms. Runzer is the consummate professional that approaches each day with a quiet competence and confidence that carries through to everything she does. In addition to this, she brings with her a gentle demeanor that naturally makes her students feel comforted and at ease with their school day. The result of this is a warm and loving classroom environment that is steeped in personal expectation where all kids are able to achieve their respective academic, social and emotional goals on a daily basis. Patient and caring balanced with high expectations and instructional expertise summarize the value that Ms. Runzer brings to Walnut every day!

-- Dr. Jeffrey Adams, principal

Ms. Nancy Runzer Photo