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31st Annual Simplot Teacher of the Year Finalist Maribel Mendez

31st Annual Simplot Teacher of the Year Finalist Maribel Mendez

Please join us in congratulating Simplot Inspirational Teacher of the Year finalist, Maribel Mendez. Ms. Mendez teaches Spanish at Century High School.

This year, the Simplot Education Council received 2,377 nominations for 398 teachers in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. Finalists will be featured daily through Thursday, May 9, 2024. Three Simplot Inspirational Teacher Awards will be announced on Friday, May 10, 2024 – one for a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition, 5 finalists have been selected for each category and each will be awarded a $100 check. The Simplot Inspirational Teacher Award Recipients of 2024 will each be presented a $500 check on behalf of the Council.

“Maribel Mendez is a fabulous teacher. She includes, encourages, and prepares everyone for all of their many endeavors. She actually listens and cares about each of her student’s struggles and successes. She makes the most of each of her classes with engaging games. She uses Gimkit as an interactive platform, music and shows as engaging listening, and group assignments to connect the class as a whole.” Emma W.

“Maestra Mendez has made a big impact in my life. She not only is a great Spanish teacher but also a great person.  She always asks how our day has been or how our weekend was.  She always has class engaging activities and makes class fun. Ms. Mendez always says “hi” to me in the hallway whenever I walk by, even though I am not currently in her class. Ms. Mendez has been my favorite teacher and has had the biggest impact on me.” Tucker S.