Kidneigh Named Teacher of Year

District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza, left, and Teacher of the Year Justin Kidneigh. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Justin Kidneigh, a teacher at Big Horn Middle School, is Sheridan County School District 1's Teacher of the Year.

The recognition was announced during the district's Honors Banquet Monday night at Sheridan College. Kidneigh said he's primarily a social studies teacher, but he also teaches reading at the school. He was chosen from among the district's 12 Teachers of the Month.

District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza said every single person recognized during the night's events was deserving of the award, but unfortunately, only one could be chosen.

Also named Monday was the winner of the Superintendent's Award. That was Kendra Barney, the district's early childhood liaison. Kobza said of her:

Tongue River Middle School Principal Pete Kilbride, who was chosen by trustees earlier Monday as District 1's next superintendent, was master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to Kidneigh, other teachers of the month during the past year are Jessie Adams, Renee Arsenault, Taylor Edgcomb, Jenna Harper, Laurel Main, Andrew Marcure, Tim Maze, Gina Melger, Ashley Mines, Matt Paulus and Ashlee Seidel.

Kilbride also recognized Apple Award winners for the year. The Apple Award is presented to members of the district's classified staff and included Deb Blanchard, Mike Kane, Chelsea Paulus, Mindy Ree, Cara Reichert, Keith Reichert and Dan Walter.

Also recognized were two retirees, Mike Board, who has been with the school district since 1979, and Cheryl Marsh, who's been with the district since 1999.

See more photos below.

Kobza presents award to Kidneigh. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kobza presents Superintendent's Award to Kendra Barney. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Master of Ceremonies Pete Kilbride. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kobza speaks during the banquet. (Photo by Pat Blair)