K-M teacher earns KIMT award
Kasson-Mantorville High School teacher Amory Olson applied a while back for KIMT TV’s “Giving Your Best” award, which promotes community awareness of non-profit programs and works on projects with award-winners.
She was surprised when a KIMT representative visited her classroom recently to present a check for $300.
“I never win anything, so this is so exciting for me,” she said.
Olson, who teaches ninth-grade Physical Science and Earth Science, 10th-grade biology, and 11th and 12th-grade Environmental Science, is in her 13th year at K-M.
She said she has put all her class lectures on video so students can learn at their own pace. She plans to use the money to purchase a set of headphones and sanitizing materials to accommodate students who don’t have headphones or ear buds.
“Then everybody has the same stuff, and we don’t have to worry about who’s got what or doesn’t have what,” she said. “It’s very important to me that my kids can all learn in the same way.
“It wasn’t a big, huge dollar amount, but it was perfect for what I was actually looking for, for ordering,” Olson said. “And I thought, boy, this is kind of a big chunk out of our department funds if I was going to do this for just myself. So I thought, here’s a great way that I can kind of ease that burden on the school and myself and my pocketbook, and still be able to provide for my students. It’s a very pleasant surprise. So now I get to spread the good news to the rest of my classes today.”