BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE — To hear the kids at Abundant Life Assembly of God Friday night, you’d think they each had the best teacher in the world С at least the smartest, funniest, mot loving and inspirational.
Twenty-nine children in grades K-12 honored their teachers again this year at the annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet held at the church, 410 N. Main.
Each year, the church videotapes the children describing what they like about their teachers. Each year, it’s proved that kids still “say the darndest things,”
Little Alexander Shoepke said his teacher, Sarah Hovanec from St. Olaf School, “makes me this happy,” throwing his arms wide.
Adrena Keller said her her teacher Karen Johnson lets them play games and have popcorn on Fridays.
Almost every teacher was described as “nice,” sometimes in conjunction with additional adjectives such as “kind’ and “loving.”
Micah Laub described Samuel Morgan Elementary School’s Marnie Wadman as being kind, energetic and loving.
“She never makes anything boring,” Micah said. “She inspired me to read more.”
Abigail Laub said Davis High School’s TimothyLarsen, “is the best English teacher ever. He helps me focus on my strengths.”
Teacher Joyce Grove goes above and beyond, helping student Gage Picard with writing poems that are not part of his school work.
Picard admitted that when school started this year, “I didn’t want to learn anything,” but Adinia Chavez “inspired me to learn a language and to stick with it.”
Both Picard boys attend Layton Christian Academy.
Caitlyn Osborne had high praise for her teacher Jason Campbell С praise kids don’t often give.
“He doesn’t stand for melodrama,” from his all-girl class, Caitlyn said. “He lets everyone be themselves, but offers a stable class.”
Abundant Life Pastor Alex Lucero told those gathered that his youngest daughter just became a teacher and has turned the family home into a place filled with papers to correct and projects to complete.
“Wimpy people should not be teachers,” he said. “You have nine months to turn (students) into something better than they are and then pass them on to another teacher for them to build on,” he said.
“Man, you have an important job,” he said.