At a recent pastor/teacher retreat in Branson, Missouri, conference education superintendent Gary Kruger presented awards to two educators for their outstanding contributions to the classroom.

Tania Miller, who began teaching in 2011 at Enterprise Elementary School, received the Superintendent’s Award. “I felt very honored, surprised and appreciative,” said Miller.

The Teacher of the Year Award, voted by teachers, went to Suzette Powell. She has served at College View Academy (formerly Helen Hyatt Elementary) since 1994.

“I just felt like this was a big hug from my peers and friends,” said Powell. “My greatest wish was that everyone could start their school year knowing the prize they are and how God feels about them.”


Author John Treolo is communication director for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.