It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—a time to honor the devoted teachers in our lives. This week we are highlighting five teachers who were nominated by colleagues for their outstanding contributions and dedication. Each of these teachers will receive $100 in books from Booksource. Thanks to teachers everywhere for all that you do!

Mindy Butler


Mindy has the amazing yet challenging job of working with all students in her building as the Academic Lead Teacher. She is in charge of planning Mindy Butler with teachers, modeling lessons, and intervening with students that need extra support. This is a position that requires many hats to be worn at one time. I had the privilege to pull intervention groups at Mindy’s school. While many schools and districts react when they receive test scores/data back, I was so impressed at the proactive nature and smoothness of how Mindy and her school view intervention needs. It is Mindy’s leadership, calm nature and tremendous knowledge base of instructional strategies that makes her a huge asset to her campus.

Grade Level: PreK-5

From: Humble, Texas

Favorite Book: One of many: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Favorite Teaching Moment: When a student came back to visit and say “hello” after moving on to high school.

When you have free time you like to: Visit family in Maine.

If you were an animal you would be a: Puffin

Favorite Food: Spaghetti

Favorite Movie/TV Show: One of many: My Favorite Year

Mindy is also currently working on receiving her doctorate’s degree in literacy.

Congratulations Mindy!


We want to recognize other nominated teachers for their outstanding work. Each teacher will receive $25 in books. Thanks for all you do!

Susan Foster from St. Augustine, Florida

Michelle Kunz from Des Moines, Iowa

Kelsey Bower from Iowa

Cindy Barnhardt from Arkansas

Linda Marshall from Florida

Ana Chacon from Florida

Cynthia Hutchinson from Florida

Michelle Martinez from Florida

Karen Mejia from Florida

Esme Leal from Humble, Texas

Kristin Henness from Oklahoma

Gerald Stephens from Hoover, Alabama

Melinda Willingham from Cullman, Alabama

Ann Marie Corgill from Mountain Brook, Alabama

Sara Henry from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jessica Czymanski from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Angela Sadowski from Racine, Wisconsin