Above & Beyond Teacher Recognition

At the heart of what we love about our schools here in  Mason are hard-working teachers and staff who regularly go the extra mile for our kids.  This award is given annually to Mason teachers who exemplify the values of the Mason Schools Foundation by taking students “Above and Beyond”. 

The Mason Schools Foundation is impressed by the many ways our educators have stepped-up during this unprecedented time going Above and Beyond for their students everyday.  The Foundation is honored to recognize outstanding Mason educators as they complete the school year with remote learning experiences.

The annual award is given to two teachers (one elementary (K-6) and one secondary (7-12)) who exemplify the values of the Foundation by taking their students “Above and Beyond.”  Each winner will receive a $200 grant to use during next school year. Award winners will be announced in late May and be recognized at the fall MSF Gala.


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In the spring of each school year the Foundation will solicit nominations from the community for the award. Community members use this form to describe how this teacher takes his/her students “Above and Beyond” and return it to the Mason Schools Foundation.

  1. The Mason Schools Foundation will select the recipients at the May board meeting.
  2. Grants will be awarded during the Staff Appreciation event at the end of the year.
  3. Funding will be available at the beginning of the following school year.
  4. Recipients will be asked to submit a grant report form to the Grant committee indicating how he/she used the funds to benefit our Mason students.

Nominate a Teacher

If you have a teacher you feel goes Above and Beyond, please complete the application to highlight their outstanding contributions.  Parents, students, and staff are invited to submit nominations. Nominations must be submitted no later than Sunday, May 3, 2020.

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Above & Beyond Teacher Award Winners 2019



Secondary Teacher of the Year

MHS History Teacher and Wrestling Coach Vance Reid is the Secondary Above and Beyond teacher of the year.  This year Mr. Ried’s nominations came from several former students (now in college) who reflected on his ongoing impact and important personal investment he makes in his students.   He’s a terrific example of a teacher connecting and making a true difference.

Mr. Reid is 1000% invested in not only his students, but all Mason students and he shows that every single day without fail.   Mr. Reid finds a way to make each and everyone of his students feel they matter and are important.   Mr. Reid not only cares deeply about our children’s education, but for their emotional and overall well being. His caring and positive nature is contagious.   – Wendy Vance


Elementary Teacher of the Year 

MECC’s second grade Monica Johnston was selected as the MSF Above and Beyond Elementary Teacher of the Year.   Her nominations highlight her creative problem solving with students, her kindness initiatives and thoughtful engagement within the school community.

The playground project is a wonderful example of project based learning led by students and facilitated by their caring teacher who exemplifies kindness in everything she does.  I would love to see Mrs. Johnston win this award and be given grant money so she can continue her commitment to helping kids be difference makers and the best Comet Kids in town!  –  Amanda Smith

Vance Reid – MHS
Monica Johnston – MECC

Libby Beck – WR
Alissa Mahoney – MI
Laura Tonkin – MMS
Carol Lehman – MHS

Micah Ewing – MHS
Christine Yoda – MI

BJ Smallwood – MECC
Lazuta/Hillenmeyer Team – WR
Dee Dee Messer – MHS
Aimee Hansen – MHS
Lauren Richardson – MMS


Kelly Gholz – WR
Amy Ortega – MHS

Team Patriots- MI (Tereba, Grable, DeVore)
MMS Chorus—Debra Jones and Holly Schreier

Sarah Flohr—MECC
Anne Tohey—MHS

Mike Williams-WR
Susan Hannigan and Pam Tanghal-MMS

Ali Green -WR

Marylee Vennemeyer—WR
Jill Arminio—MMS

Original Above and Beyond Teacher
Deb Perry—MHS