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January 26, 2018

Hawthorne Elementary Teacher Named Crystal Apple Award Winner

Congratulations to Hawthorne Elementary third-grade teacher Kris Mars who will be recognized as one of the most outstanding educators in the Mid-Columbia at the annual Crystal Apple Awards on March 15.

Mars, who has taught in the district since 2012, is the Kennewick School District's selection for the award this year.  She keeps her students moving, from working on math problems together to dancing during “brain breaks” between lessons. Her energy and commitment to her students makes her classroom a place of high achievement.

“She is an inspiration to her fellow teachers and is fully dedicated to each of her students,” says Assistant Superintendent Greg Fancher. “Her teaching demonstrates how dynamic learning engages students and helps them succeed."

Mars started at Hawthorne as a reading specialist before becoming a second-grade teacher and then a third-grade teacher. She pursued a career in education after the 2004 death of her husband, Bob Mars, who also was a teacher and coach. Mars says she wanted to honor her husband’s legacy and help students reach their potential.

She is known for going above and beyond in engaging students, even if that means wearing a bacon costume as part of a “book tasting” event to get them excited about reading. All the while, she’s right there with them providing support and encouragement.

As part of Mars’ selection for the Crystal Apple Award, she will also be considered for the Washington Teacher of the Year award.

Everyone is invited to come and support her at the awards ceremony on March 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Educational Service District 123.

Read more about Kris Mars in a Tri-City Herald profile: