SCSBA honors “grandma,’’ long-time teacher

The Sullivan County School Boards Association will honor Liberty’s “Grandma” Alice Edwards and elementary teacher Kim Heinle as recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Friend to Education Award and Outstanding Educator Award, respectively. Both were nominated for the awards by the Liberty Central School District Board of Education.

Alice Edwards has been classroom grandma to roughly 20 Liberty kindergartners every day of every school year for the past 34 years, beginning in 1986 when her great-granddaughter Tanya began school at Liberty Elementary. She has returned to the kindergarten classroom every September since, and in August will celebrate her 100th birthday.

“Grandma Alice comes in every day full of energy and love, happy to pitch in and help any way she can. You will always find her full of smiles surrounded by happy kids because of the comfort she provides to them,” said Liberty Board of Education Trustee Karen Hook. “She is the true definition of what it means to be dedicated and committed to educating our children.” 

Kim Heinle, the district’s candidate for the Outstanding Educator Award, has taught in Liberty schools for 20  years and every grade from kindergarten through Grade 6. She has spent the last several years working with challenged readers as an interventionist.

“Kim Heinle embodies the terms ‘Liberty Pride’ and ‘A Great Place to Learn’ through her dedication to student success, collaboration, data driven instruction and her flexibility and focus throughout change,” said Liberty Middle School Principal Heather Cheh. “She is a flexible, caring and nurturing teacher with high expectations for her students. She is always willing to extend her knowledge and expertise to both students and colleagues.”

The awards will be presented at the Sullivan County School Boards Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Sept. 30 at The Sullivan Event Center, Rock Hill.

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