Congratulations to NCSD’s Teacher of the Year, Logan Spence!

Mr. Spence has served as an educator for 14 years, with the last 5 years of service at Fort Caspar Academy. 

“The NCSD teacher of the year must embody excellence in instruction, impact that goes well beyond the walls of a classroom, a positive influence on the entirety of a school community, and a true leader of colleagues. Logan Spence exemplifies all of those qualities,” shared FCA Principal Nicole Rapp. “He has such a positive impact beyond the walls of his classroom. You can often see Mr. Spence at recess throwing the football with students or even joining in a game of basketball. He is a truly engaged educator. Students gravitate towards him as he makes all students feel successful and valued.” 

Logan works dedicatedly to set high expectations for all students and himself while encouraging the fostering of positive peer relationships and the celebration of individual successes. “I have come to recognize the importance of three skill areas that need to be improved for a student to feel connected to their classroom and experience an increase in success at school. The first skills area is an increase in the access to the curriculum, followed by improving peer relationships, and lastly improving academic engagement, “ shared Logan. “If a student can increase their skills across these three areas, there will be an impact to their academic success and as well their feeling toward their classroom community.” 

As a PLC and MTSS leader, Logan is dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and helping the entire FCA community achieve excellence, “The most important thing that I have learned over the course of my career is that if you create quality systems, incorporate clear processes, and build positive school culture you will have done the work necessary to have a positive impact on all students. I have been privileged to work in multiple schools that have achieved great results, but those results were the by-product of having quality processes. If you spend your career continuously improving your processes, you find that the results will follow, and that will be a career that is well spent.”

Congratulations to the Natrona County School District Certified Teachers nominated by their colleagues in the district for the Teacher of the Year award program. Nomination criteria included that the applicants must teach pre-kindergarten through grade twelve and plan to continue in an active teaching status. Additionally, nominees must have the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:

  • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence,
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success,
  • Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large,
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning, and
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

Congratulations to the following nominees on this exceptional recognition!

Jennifer Bower, CY Middle School

Jack Daniels, Natrona County High School 

Regan Diller, CY Middle School

Kaitlyn Galloway, Kelly Walsh High School

Heather Gilmore, Bar Nunn Elementary 

Grant Glock, Kelly Walsh High School

Keri Graves, Midwest School

Nicole Johnson, Safe Schools Suspension Lab 

Sarah Larsen, Woods Learning Center 

Laura McCleary, Manor Heights Elementary 

Stacy Mogen, Casper Classical Academy 

Heather Myers, Cottonwood Elementary 

Jackie O’Briant, Natrona County High School

Dominque Simmons, CY Middle School 

Shireen Stafford, Cottonwood Elementary