Pendleton’s VFW Let ‘er Buck Post 922 was pleased to present its Teacher of the Year Award on Monday, May 17, to Shellie Wyss, kindergarten teacher at the Pendleton Early Learning Center.
The annual award is presented to a teacher who inspires their students in community awareness and service, good citizenship and support of veterans, said Judith Burger, post commander of 922. Burger presented the award along with John Cook and Rod Theis of the Pendleton post. Cook, who has known Wyss for many years, said he knows she is the kind of teacher who always goes above and beyond.
PELC Principal Lori Hale wrote a letter in support of Wyss for the award last fall and said Wyss is one of the best teachers she has worked with in 36 years in education. “Shellie has a magical way of building powerful and meaningful connections with every child. Her teaching approach involves finding and using children’s unique strengths to help them overcome their struggles and develop a positive self-concept,” Hale stated in her recommendation letter.
Asked about receiving the award, Wyss said, “I am honored to be selected by the VFW for the award. They are good people, and there are so many wonderful teachers in our district who have made me a better teacher over the years!”