Lovette Stiff Honored As Teacher Of The Year
A long-time Holtville Middle School educator was honored as a Teacher of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators last Thursday evening.
Lovette Stiff was selected as Holtville’s recipient of this year’s award. The banquet at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro saw a crowd of about 300 gather to help recognize those selected from around the Imperial Valley. The honorees brought their own cheering sections of family, friends and fellow staffers to share the experience.
Stiff started teaching in Holtville in the Fall of 1997 at Finley Elementary School before later moving to the middle school.
“She’s a natural leader on campus,” HMS Principal Fawn Nielsen said of Stiff, “and a great resource to have.”
Besides teaching, she is involved with many HMS programs and her students’ extracurricular activities, including serving as a volleyball and softball coach. A couple of those students stopped in the Holtville Tribune office to make sure she was going to be recognized.
“We love Mrs. Stiff and she deserves this,” said one.
Nielsen made sure that the HUSD Board of Trustees and the parents and students gathered for the district’s annual students of the year award ceremony Monday evening knew about the honor as well, calling Stiff to the front and explaining why she was chosen.
“She pushes her students and brings out the best in them,” Nielsen said. One student told her “She doesn’t give up on us.”