Columbia High teacher wins regional honor

Math teacher Carin Waters has won a Crystal Apple award and will be honored tonight in Pasco.


BURBANK -- A Columbia High School math teacher will be among the recipients of this year's 12th annual Crystal Apple Awards being held tonight in Pasco.

Carin Waters, who has taught in the Columbia School District for eight years, was selected to receive this year's award.

Waters, along with educators from participating districts, will be recognized during a ceremony at the CBC Gjerde Center from 4:30-6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and a free reception follows. The winners have already been notified of their awards.

Waters teaches algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus as part of her duties. She has also served as advisor to the junior class and has helped coach the girls' basketball teams.

"Carin handles all of these responsibilities with an ease and an unruffled calm that is inspiring," wrote Superintendent Lou Gates in his recommendation. "Mrs. Waters displays a deep dedication to the content areas she covers as well as a clear love for the students she serves. Though clearly demanding, she provides her students ample support in reaching the expectations she places on them and they deeply respect her."

As a Crystal Apple recipient, Waters will receive a $1,000 cash award.

The Crystal Apple Awards program launched in 1999 as a way to honor excellence in education within the Tri-Cities, and has since recognized 154 teachers from districts in Kennewick, Burbank, Richland, Pasco, Finley, North Franklin and Kiona-Benton.

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