Local educators and businesses were recently honored at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. Longview Public Schools award winners were Dr. Elizabeth West (Director of Special Education), Administrator of the Year; JD Ott (R.A. Long), Teacher of the Year; and Gail Wells (Monticello Middle School), Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2019 nominees included secretary Jeanne Kerns (Discovery); teacher Diondra Beck (Mark Morris); teachers Mike Fajardo, Gerri Schooling, and Jennifer Godinho-Hefley, and paraeducator Christy Alumbaugh (R.A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian (Monticello); teacher Patricia Donovan-Hopkins (Columbia Valley Gardens); principal Noma Hudson and liaison Alisa Shipley (Kessler); teacher Mary Sundberg and paraeducator Deb Bergman (Robert Gray).

2019 Crystal Apple Awards nominees. Not pictured – Robert Gray teacher Mary Sundberg and R.A. Long teacher – and softball coach – Jennifer Godinho-Hefley who arrived late due to coaching the team to victory!