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Boise teacher surprised with national award during Zoom ceremony

South Junior High teacher Christine Drick was honored as the top inspiring teacher in Idaho and will receive $10,000.
Credit: National University System - Sanford Teacher Award
Boise teacher Christine Drick was surprised during a Zoom call on Wednesday as a National University System - Sanford Teacher Award winner.

BOISE, Idaho — A teacher from Boise School District was awarded the National University System - Sanford Teacher Award in a surprise Zoom ceremony on Wednesday.

Christine Drick, a French and English teacher at South Junior High School won the award for Idaho and will receive $10,000 to spend however she chooses.

The award was established and named after philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who supports inspiring teaching in K-12 schools across the nation.

After being named the top inspiring teacher in the state of Idaho, Drick spoke about the challenges she and her students have faced during the pandemic.

"The biggest thing I learned is just how resilient our students can be despite so many adversities during this time," Drick said. "But it really cemented for me how much we need to make sure that we have the relationships with them and that their basic needs are being met, whether it's making sure the food banks are full or making sure that they have books that motivate them and connect them to others."

One teacher from every state was given the award as well as $10,000 for supporting student development. Each winner is also eligible for a national award and a $50,000 prize, to be announced later in the year.

According to the National University System, the award winners "were selected for demonstrating high levels of inspirational teaching practices by engaging students, building student confidence, motivating students to succeed, giving students a voice and creating an inclusive environment."

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