Sandy Valley Middle School intervention specialist Jane Nichols has been selected as the 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Nichols has been teaching for 34 years, 28 at Sandy Valley.

"As a teacher my job is to prepare my students not only with their academic needs, but also with perseverance and confidence to try their best, even in difficult circumstances," commented Nichols. "I encourage them to expect more from themselves.

"My most rewarding moment as a teacher would not be any specific moment. It’s the moment I’m laughing with my students, the moment a struggling student understands a difficult concept, the moment a former student stops in my room just to say hello, the moment a students says thank you for the help, and the moment a parent tells me they appreciate everything I’ve done for their child."