Erica Faulkner poses with colleagues and family.

Congratulations to Erica Faulkner, third-grade teacher at Eastwood Elementary; and Christy Harding, instructional assistant at Eastwood Elementary. These employees were presented with Crystal Apple Awards at the Nov. 15 School Board meeting.

Here's what their school leaders had to say:

Principal Jake Hughes shares that he reached out to staff to help select the honoree for tonight. He was not surprised when Erica Faulkner's name rose to the top. Erica has helped to grow the school’s math professional development and also works on the PBIS team. Her leadership qualities are evident in professional development creation and implementation. Her understanding of high level instructional practices is highlighted in her classroom everyday. Erica’s colleagues view her as a measuring stick for a distinguished teacher. Quotes from colleagues about Erica include: “Her knowledge about teaching and reaching her students is inspiring” and “She is a true example of a great teacher.” Students, families, and staff are all fortunate that she has chosen to teach at Eastwood.

Erica Faulkner poses with colleagues and family.

Christy is the most veteran member of the Eastwood staff.  If it happened at Eastwood in the past 30 years — she can tell you about it. Her loyalty to the school, staff and students is unmatched. She is at almost every event that involves Eastwood students, and they notice it. Students are quick to talk about how much they love Christy. Over the past few years, Christy has supervised the drop-off area in the mornings, and parents mention that she is the perfect person to have in that position to help their child have a positive start to their day. When it comes to instructing and guiding students, Christy believes in all students. She finds a way to connect with each student whether she is teaching them to decode words, clean up after themselves in the cafeteria, or problem solve with a friend on the playground. Educators like Christy are a true treasure to her colleagues, families and students.

Christy Harding poses with colleagues and family.