COLUMBIA — Seven Columbia Public Schools educators will be recognized at this year’s Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence banquet.
The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center in Columbia.
Each year, parents and peers nominate educators to receive a $1,200 cash award and an engraved silver tray. This year's honorees are:
- Deborah Shaw of Russell Boulevard Elementary School, honored as an outstanding elementary educator for pre-kindergarten through second grade
- Lisa Schenker of Grant Elementary School, honored as an outstanding elementary educator for grades three through five
- Marsha Tyson of Oakland Junior High School, honored as an outstanding middle and junior high school educator
- Jill Varns of Hickman High School, honored as an outstanding high school educator
- Liana Vessell of West Junior High School, honored as an outstanding beginning teacher
- Kathy Ritter, principal of Rock Bridge High School, honored as an outstanding administrator
State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, will speak at the banquet on behalf of the educators being recognized. Contributions for the award come from area residents, businesses and organizations.