Nominate a Farmington Schools teacher with ‘heart and soul’

Farmington Public Schools is accepting nominations through April 27 for the 12th annual Judy White-Ora “Teaching with Heart and Soul” Award.

This recognition program honor’s the District’s former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Judy White-Ora, who dedicated her life to the pursuit of excellence in education. Her “Teaching with Heart and Soul” pledge was created to inspire teachers to reach out to students in unique and creative ways.

The nominee must exemplify the six tenets of her pledge:

  • Respects the uniqueness of each child.
  • Ignites the joy of learning.
  • Listens to the child’s voice.
  • Puts human connections first.
  • Encourages the spirit of each child and lets their light shine.
  • Creates a caring environment.

Past Judy White-Ora “Teaching with Heart and Soul” award winners are Marian Orihel, Vitus Underys, Maria Blanco, Pam Gutierraz, Nikki Schueller, Ann Marie Robinson, Hatty Ligon, Nancy Morris, Elyse Jahnke, Patricia Pomaranski, Julie Folkert and MaryBeth SiKora.

Nominees must be teachers with at least three years teaching experience and members of the Farmington Education Association (FEA). Nomination forms can be found at


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