The Park Hill School District named Chinn fourth-grade teacher Chris Coen the 2015 Teacher of the Year.
“One of the most powerful things he does is build
relationships with students,” Chinn Principal Lee Heinerikson said. “Chris is very
dedicated teacher. He’s always willing to learn; he’s always willing to give his best effort every day for his students.”
Coen has been with the district for six years, all of which have been at Chinn Elementary. He earned his bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his master’s degree in literacy from Park University.
Videos of the other Teacher of the Year finalists:
• Cheryl Bearce, physical elementary teacher, Hawthorn Elementary
• Vanessa Prindle, eighth grade science teacher, Lakeview Middle School
• O’Keefe Richards, kindergarten teacher, Tiffany Ridge Elementary
• Deborah Still, eighth grade science teacher, Congress Middle School