LOGAN – “I am flattered and shocked. I don’t know what to say, honestly.”
Adams Elementary School 3rd Grade Teacher Kandice Anderson struggled to find the words to describe her emotions after being informed in front of her school that she had been named the Teacher of the Year in the Logan School District. As if receiving that honor – in and of itself – wasn’t surprising enough for Anderson, she was presented with something more than just a fancy plaque.
“This year we wanted to celebrate with her and you guys and give Kandice a new car for a year,” said Young Auto Group General Manager Mike Capron amid cheers and applause from students and faculty alike at a special school assembly Friday afternoon.
Anderson was presented with a pre-paid, one year lease (including maintenance) on a new, white Honda Civic along with $500 to be used for insurance.
“I only drive Toyotas and Hondas,” Anderson exclaimed. “It’s a beautiful car. It’s a four door, white Civic. What else could you want? It’s going to be perfect for me.”
Anderson had already been selected as the Teacher of the Year for Adams Elementary School. According to Shana Longhurst, director of the Logan Schools Foundation, after every school selected their teacher of the year a committee got together to select a teacher of the year for the district.
“I was flattered to be the teacher of the year for my whole school with the amazing teachers we have at my school, to think I was the teacher of the year,” said Anderson. “But for my school district? We have the hardest working and most dependable teachers.
“They think that I am one of those…I am proud to be here at Logan District. That they would honor me with a car for a year?”
Capron said his dealership is focused on giving back to people and organizations who support children in the community. The initiative, called Young Caring for our Young, helps anyone involved with kids and teachers certainly meet that criteria.
“I was provided a couple pages of responses from the people who voted,” Capron explained. “How caring, how involved she is. She is a willing participant. That’s what rings very clear to me is her willingness to help everyone, regardless if they’re special needs and everything on up.
“That has a special spot for me so I enjoyed seeing that who she was. I know how impactful teachers can be.”
Anderson was touched that other people in the district would present her with such an honor, and she believes it was done because of her approach to helping her students.
“I’m always concerned with every student, not just the ones that need a little extra help or need a lot of help,” said Anderson after the ceremony. “I want to push my kids that are succeeding already, I want them to go even higher. I want to make sure those kids that are right there teetering to make it.
“And then I put a lot of work into those that are struggling. It’s a hard thing to do, I’m not perfect at it. It’s taken me years, but I think I’m pretty good at it now and I love to share it.”
After the assembly, Anderson’s 3rd grade class got to surround her and the new car to congratulate her on the award.