Nominate a Farmington teacher with ‘heart and soul’

Farmington Public Schools is accepting nominations through April 1 for the tenth annual Judy White-Ora “Teaching with Heart and Soul” Award.

Judy White Ora Award winner Pat Pomaranski
Pictured from left: Highmeadow Common Campus Principal Dyanne Sanders; 2015 Award Winner Pat Pomaranski; Farmington Central High School Principal Pat Karas; and Highmeadow Common Campus Secretary Mary Ann Karbo.

This recognition program honors former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Judy White-Ora, who dedicated her life to the pursuit of excellence in education. Her “Teaching with Heart and Soul” pledge was created to inspire teachers to reach out to kids in unique and creative ways. The nominee for the award must exemplify the six steps of her pledge:

1. Respects the uniqueness of each child.

2. Ignites the joy of learning.

3. Listens to the child’s voice.

4. Puts human connections first.

5. Encourages the spirit of each child and lets their light shine.

6. Creates a caring environment.

Past Judy White-Ora Teaching with Heart and Soul award winners are Marian Orihel, Vitas Underys, Maria Blanco, Pam Gutierrez, Nikki Schueller, Ann Marie Robinson, Hatty Ligon, Nancy Morris, Elyse Jahnke, and Patricia Pomaranski.

Nominees must be teachers with at least three years teaching experience and members of the Farmington Education Association (FEA). Nomination forms can be found at To learn more, call 248-489-3349.