Andrew PaulsHeidi KeyserCanby School District teachers Andrew Pauls and Heidi Keyser have been named the September and October Teachers of the Month, respectively.

The Canby Kiwanis Club started the Canby Area Recognition of Excellence Award to recognize excellence in the local school system.

The award goes to teachers and staff who excel in educating children by enhancing children’s lives, building foundations to support a lifelong love of learning and challenging children to strive for better.

Pauls is in his third year teaching in the district and his second year at Ninety-One School. His nomination cited his going above and beyond to bring a fresh creative atmosphere to the classroom.

In his fourth- and fifth-grade combination class of 31 students, he maintains a calm and engaging demeanor with lively discussions and learning. The after-school math club he started has provided a challenge for math students looking to gain more expertise.

Keyser has taught 18 years in both the district and Carus Elementary School. She was cited for turning her second-grade students into math thinkers who now look for the “why” behind the math.

She was described as a caring, confident, fun-loving teacher who understands the need to differentiate lessons and concepts to fit each child’s needs. She also builds lasting relationships for students who return often to visit here after their time in her classroom has ended.

The Canby Kiwanis Club launched the CARE program for the 2012-13 school year to recognize educational excellence in the local school system. Winners receive a plaque and a selection of items from local merchants.

Teachers, principals, administrators and support staff are eligible.

Anyone may make a nomination. CARE Award nomination forms are available through the Canby School District’s website at

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