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Sage Canyon's Teacher of the Year

Linda Newquist is an excellent representative for Sage Canyon's Teacher of the Year. Linda has been a leader on campus since the day Sage Canyon opened its doors. Although she has been in the profession for more than 20 years, she constantly strives to better her craft by attending optional professional development such as NGSS. Linda approaches each CLW with a desire to continue to grow as a professional and see how she can help her students grow both academically and socially. She has also been an active member of our principal advisory/leadership committee as well as the social committee for a number of years as well. 

As a colleague, Linda has been there as a role model, mentor, and friend throughout the years. She has offered sage advice with regards to supporting students and problem solving difficult parent situations. She's someone you can count on to step in, step up, and lend a helping hand no matter how full her plate already is. She always has a smile on her face, no matter how trying a day it has been. This year Linda has gone above and beyond to support the students in her classroom. She has embraced flexible seating, integrating technology, and using the Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum across academic areas to help her students to create empathetic learners that embrace diversity and show grit, especially when faced with challenging situations.

When you walk into Linda's classroom, it feels like you are walking into a family home where students are happy and encouraging one another. Linda Newquist makes each and every student feel safe, respected, and most importantly loved. She creates a personal connection with each student which inspires a love of learning within each child despite their ability or background. Linda Newquist is an incredible teacher with a heart of gold and a fantastic candidate for Sage Canyon's highest honor of Teacher of the Year.