The prelude music was a series of patriotic songs played by Sylvia Walker at the piano.
On Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Senior Citizen Center, we held our monthly membership meeting with President F. Martell Grover directing who gave a welcome to 68 members and guests.
His thought for the day was “Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.” Opening prayer was offered by Richard Larsen.

Dan Porter recognized the guests Reed and Susan Thurman, Keith and Tracy Wilcox and Lee Barney and Joanne ( Keith Wilcox’s father gave him a lifetime membership in 1965, Lee Barney attended for the first time at the October meeting.)

We then enjoyed an awesome meal provided by Alton and Paula Wilde and their food committee. It consisted of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, turkey dressing and our Chapter 25th Anniversary sheet cake.

During the meal Ron Gibb explained that the annual dues are $15.00 for the chapter which are given to him and $50.00 for the National which are sent to the National office or can be given to him.

The historical moment, given by Lewis Clements, was a short history of the Spori Building, which was the first built on the Ricks College (BYU Idaho) campus. Its location was way up the hill on Second South up from College Avenue and between Center Street and First East. At the March 1900 Fremont Stake Conference it was announced that the new Stake Academy building would be built, which was authorized in late 1899. Its dimensions would be 126’ x 130’ and contain three floors with considerable classroom space as well as a large auditorium. The building would be constructed of cut stone from the nearby quarry which cost sixty-five cents per ton, and would be the most modern building possible. The cornerstone was laid by George Q. Cannon of the First Presidency and the building took three years to complete. The building was estimated at $40,000 but ended up costing about $50,000.

Because of the number of students planning to attend the academy, a boarding house or dormitory was authorized. It was constructed on the northeast corner of the academy property and was dedicated on 19 December 1902. The academy was completed in time of the 1903-04 school year.
The building had two offices and six classrooms on the first floor. On the second floor there were two rooms for the principal’s offices, a library and four classrooms. The third floor had a large auditorium and four classrooms. In 1909 a canal was dug leading to the campus for watering the grounds. About 2004 the old Spori Building was razed and a new building built, closely resembling the old one in design. President of Ricks/BYU-I David A. Bednar supervised its construction.

President Grover announced that Douglas Ladle had been nominated to be the President Elect for the year 2018 and President in the year 2019. No one else was nominated and after being moved and seconded that Nominations be closed, a vote was held and it was a unanimous decision that Douglas Ladle be the President Elect for 2018.

He then turned the time over to the BYUI ROTC for the program. The BYU Idaho ROTC with cadets Call, Kemp, Irvine, Hatfield and Kuhn presented the colors followed by the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Cadet Kuhn. Cadet Irvine led the Pledge of the Allegiance.
ROTC Cadets Hall and Irvine presented the Historical American Flags with a description of each. (examples were Red Cross of St George, Meteor Flag used on ships, British Flag, New England Pine Tree Flag, Rhode Island Flag, Grand Union Flag flown over Valley Forge, Bunker Hill Flag, Continental Navy Jack with inscription “Don’t Tread on Me”, Rattle Snake Flag, Vermont Flag, Culpepper Minute Men Flag, First Stars and Stripes 14 June 1777, South Carolina Battle of Charleston 1776, Green Mountain Boys Flag, Star Spangled Banner and the Civil War Flag of the Union. The flags and their history were provided to us by the Grand Teton Peaks Boy Scout Council.
ROTC Cadet Hart told the history of the National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” He indicated that there were several songs before this one, for example, “Hail Columbia”, “My Country Tis of Thee”, and America, the Beautiful”. The Star Spangled Banner became the National Anthem on 3 Mar 1931.
ROTC Cadet Hatfield spoke on “Patriotism” and emphasized that service in the military is an excellent way for men and women to demonstrate their patriotism to show that they vigorously support our country and its flag. He also indicated that the spouses and families of those serving is another example of those who vigorously support the country as well.
Sergeant First Class Abriam, one of the ROTC Leaders, spoke on how much she admired the cadets for the sacrifices they make and the quality of young men and women they are and that they will be excellent leaders of the Army in the future because of their “love of country”.
President Grover recognized those in our Chapter who had served in the United States Military Service. He then asked each one to relate something about their service. Those who served in the Army were: Nile Boyle, Kenneth Brown (Served in WWII at Iwo Jima), Max W. Brown, Steve Bunnell, Lawrence Coates, Robert Cox (who served in the Philippines during II World War), Jerry Glenn, F. Martell Grover, Phil Harmon, Douglas Ladle, Daniel Porter(Military Police), Robert Pyle (Navy), Dwayne Seeley, William Skinner, Byron H. Meader (also served during WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars), Nancy Quarez (who served in the Navy), Alton Wilde, Gordon Williams (Korea and Italy) and Lee Workman (Air Force). Reed Thurman, a visiting member of SUP, also shared his experiences in the Military.
President Grover directed the two Door Prize drawings, which were two calendars for 2018 prepared by the National Museum of the United States Army. Those who won were Ron Gibb and Hettie Brown.
The closing prayer was offered by Robert Pyle.
The Postlude music was provided by Sylvia Walker.

We were reminded that next month’s meeting would be on 21 December with speaker, John Thomas from BYU-I, on “Religious Freedom in America”.

On Thursday, 19 June 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Senior Citizen Center, we held our monthly membership meeting with President F. Martell Grover directing and who gave a welcome to fifty-five members and guests. Guests recognized were Ron and Brenda Garner, Gordon and Cheryl Williams, Steve Bunnell, Doug and Jill Conway and Steve Parkinson (who joined earlier this year).

The Opening song was “America the Beautiful” with Sylvia Walker at the piano and Carol Ladle directing. The Opening prayer was offered by Doug Ladle. The pledge of allegiance was led by Alton Wilde.

We then enjoyed an awesome meal provided by Alton and Paula Wilde and their food committee. It consisted of various soups and bread with a dessert of apple pie and ice cream. Birthdays and Anniversaries that occurred since our last Membership meeting were recognized by Ken Hart.

Louis Clements presented a short history of the Telephone service in Rexburg. Some significant points made were that 1883 was the first telephone in Idaho. 1897 the first telephone company, the Snake River Telephone Company, in Rexburg with 12 customers. In 1911 Mountain Bell bought out the Snake River Telephone Company and had 139 customers. This continued to increase until in 1972 there were 8,142 telephones in Madison County with 6,500 of those in the city of Rexburg. At the time they had ten operators serving.

Doug Ladle introduced the speaker for the evening, David Davis, who was accompanied by his wife, Charley. He is from the Rexburg Fire Department and had been a seminary teacher when Brother Ladle first knew him. In 1988 he went on a mission to British Columbia, Canada. He also drove a bus for the Fire Fighters in West Yellowstone, Montana. He currently is the Assistant Fire Chief in the Madison Fire Protection District.

His message for the evening was on the history of the Fire Department in Madison County. As he moved through his talk he showed pictures of the various designs of the Fire Station from 1910 until the present time and told the reasons for the increase in the size and capability of the building.

Part way into his talk Brother Davis had three members of the Rexburg Fire Department bag pipers present three numbers. The numbers were “Scotland, the Brave”, “Amazing Grace” and “Bells of Dun Blane”. Brother Davis explained that each Fire Department has a distinguishing tartan that represents its clan and each bagpiper has a distinguishing emblem on their stockings.

He said that in 1976 the name of the Fire Department was changed to “Madison Fire Protection District” with three Fire Departments, Rexburg, Sugar City and Madison County. Because each area had their own funds and equipment, it was difficult to remember which fire equipment belonged to which entity so they had red trucks for Rexburg and Sugar City and yellow for Madison County. In 1984 Funds were provided so that they could have a unified system which solved some of these problems.

He described the methods of fighting fires and that they started with one person initially who
Stayed in the station with volunteer firemen who came when needed. At the present they have: 20 career fire fighters/EMT or Paramedic, 5 live-in Fire Fighters/EMT, 5 class A pumpers, 1 109 foot Areal or ladder truck, three 3,000 gallon water trailers, 7 wild land engines (which brings revenue back to the Fire Department when they go to help fight wild fires in other areas), 2 Rescue trucks, various commercial vehicles and trailers and 6 Ambulances. The Madison Fire Department protects 450 Square miles with a population of 38,273 people.

In 1998, because of needing a place to be housed, the ambulance and drivers were admitted to the Fire station. In 2001 a fire station was built and manned in Archer.

They have received 530 calls a year for their fire trucks and 2,500 calls a year for the ambulances.

He concluded his talk with a question and answer session wherein many useful and informative items were covered.

President Grover announced the ticket number for the door prize. The prize was Volume 4 of the Rexburg History compiled by the Madison County Historical Society and was won by Bob Pyle.

The closing prayer was offered by Ken Hart.

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in The Senior Citizen Center, we held our monthly membership meeting with President F. Martell Grover directing and who gave a welcome to forty-four members and guests. He gave a thought as follows: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” By Randy Pausch

Opening song “My Country, ‘tis of thee” led by Carol Ladle and accompanied by Sylvia Walker.
Opening Prayer, Conrad Jensen
Pledge of Allegiance led by Allen Morton
Dan Porter introduced the guests in attendance: Jesse Rasmussen, Gordon and Cheryl Williams and Dave Brown.

Dinner was served prepared by Alton Wilde and his food committee. It consisted of Sloppy Joes, Buns, Tossed Green Salad with dressings and an assortment of cookies.

Business:
Doug Ladle reported on the 23 July Pioneer Day Fireside.

President Grover reported on the National Sons of Utah Pioneers Convention in Centerville, Utah, on the meetings, food, day treks, entertainment, presentations, etc. as follows:

On Thursday evening we were welcomed with the SUP Convention Ceremonies from the Centerville Convention Chairman and the National President, John Elggren. After which a buffet meal was served.

On Friday we were offered four tour choices: Full Day Trek
1. Travel the Pioneer trail from Echo Canyon to this is the Place Monument – this was a full day tour of travel on to I-84 into Morgan country. Followed the trail of the Mormon wagon trains coming from Wyoming into Utah. Goal was to come down what now is called Weber Canyon but the Hells Canyon Pass was too narrow for the wagons to come through. Had to travel south to Emigration Canon to enter into the Salt Lake Valley. Emigration Canyon was very steep, with rocks and boulders to move around. First group came into the Salt Lake Valley a few days before Brigham Young on the July 24th.
2. Half-day treks which were offered in the morning and again in the afternoon:
a. Antelope Island
b. Church History Museum in Downtown Salt Lake City.
c. Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base.

 

Saturday Morning
1. The member’s spouses were offered a meeting with Jenny Reeder and Janice Johnson. They are authors of Witness of Women, which is firsthand experiences and testimonies of the women from the early restoration. They both have completed a number of other church history projects. Sisters were greatly blessed for attending.
2. Membership of the SUP met in a business meeting:
a. Financial Report
b. Trail Marker/Web Site – Changes taking place with Web Site
c. Pioneer Magazine
d. Presidential Reports from Jim Hurst, Past President, Keith Van Rossendaal, President-Elect, and John Elggren, President.
e. Key Note Speaker at the noon luncheon was Glenn Rawson – known for his Sunday Radio special spiritual stories, Joseph Smith Papers and History of the Saints.
3. Changes to take place in the future:
a. “SUP National Convention” title to change back to SUP National Trek”.
b. National officers will no longer be coming out of Salt Lake Valley. Each Chapter may make recommendations for National President to the Election Committee.
c. National officers will take office at the end of the National Convention (trek) in September next year (has been taking place in January).
d. Next September National trek will be hosted by the Cedar City Chapter on September 20-22 2018.
e. The estimated attendance for this National Convention was about 280 to 300.

Bill Eckersell gave a report on Chapter Monuments. He told of the Chapter’s first placement of monument on the North Side of the Tabernacle.

President Grover presented a certificate and a print of Wagons West to Bonnie Jackman for her great service to this chapter over many years.

Ken Hart recognized birthdays and Anniversaries and introduced the evening’s speaker, Louis
Clements.

SUP Newsletter
Upper Snake River Valley Chapter
September 2017

On Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in The Senior Citizen Center, we held our monthly membership meeting with President F. Martell Grover directing and who gave a welcome to forty-four members and guests. He gave a thought as follows: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” By Randy Pausch

Opening song “My Country, ‘tis of thee” led by Carol Ladle and accompanied by Sylvia Walker.
Opening Prayer, Conrad Jensen
Pledge of Allegiance led by Allen Morton
Dan Porter introduced the guests in attendance: Jesse Rasmussen, Gordon and Cheryl Williams and Dave Brown.

Dinner was served prepared by Alton Wilde and his food committee. It consisted of Sloppy Joes, Buns, Tossed Green Salad with dressings and an assortment of cookies.

Business:
Doug Ladle reported on the 23 July Pioneer Day Fireside.

President Grover reported on the National Sons of Utah Pioneers Convention in Centerville, Utah, on the meetings, food, day treks, entertainment, presentations, etc. as follows:

On Thursday evening we were welcomed with the SUP Convention Ceremonies from the Centerville Convention Chairman and the National President, John Elggren. After which a buffet meal was served.

On Friday we were offered four tour choices: Full Day Trek
1. Travel the Pioneer trail from Echo Canyon to this is the Place Monument – this was a full day tour of travel on to I-84 into Morgan country. Followed the trail of the Mormon wagon trains coming from Wyoming into Utah. Goal was to come down what now is called Weber Canyon but the Hells Canyon Pass was too narrow for the wagons to come through. Had to travel south to Emigration Canon to enter into the Salt Lake Valley. Emigration Canyon was very steep, with rocks and boulders to move around. First group came into the Salt Lake Valley a few days before Brigham Young on the July 24th.
2. Half-day treks which were offered in the morning and again in the afternoon:
a. Antelope Island
b. Church History Museum in Downtown Salt Lake City.
c. Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base.

 

Saturday Morning
1. The member’s spouses were offered a meeting with Jenny Reeder and Janice Johnson. They are authors of Witness of Women, which is firsthand experiences and testimonies of the women from the early restoration. They both have completed a number of other church history projects. Sisters were greatly blessed for attending.
2. Membership of the SUP met in a business meeting:
a. Financial Report
b. Trail Marker/Web Site – Changes taking place with Web Site
c. Pioneer Magazine
d. Presidential Reports from Jim Hurst, Past President, Keith Van Rossendaal, President-Elect, and John Elggren, President.
e. Key Note Speaker at the noon luncheon was Glenn Rawson – known for his Sunday Radio special spiritual stories, Joseph Smith Papers and History of the Saints.
3. Changes to take place in the future:
a. “SUP National Convention” title to change back to SUP National Trek”.
b. National officers will no longer be coming out of Salt Lake Valley. Each Chapter may make recommendations for National President to the Election Committee.
c. National officers will take office at the end of the National Convention (trek) in September next year (has been taking place in January).
d. Next September National trek will be hosted by the Cedar City Chapter on September 20-22 2018.
e. The estimated attendance for this National Convention was about 280 to 300.

Bill Eckersell gave a report on Chapter Monuments. He told of the Chapter’s first placement of monument on the North Side of the Tabernacle.

President Grover presented a certificate and a print of Wagons West to Bonnie Jackman for her great service to this chapter over many years.

Ken Hart recognized birthdays and Anniversaries and introduced the evening’s speaker, Louis
Clements.

Louis Clements shared details about the founding and development of Rexburg. His presentation included some humorous events in Rexburg’s history that few in the audience had known. He also described the development of the layout of Rexburg’s streets, the canal system, and the development of the business district of the city.

President Grover directed the door prize drawing which was won by Bonnie Jackman and Dave Brown. They each were given a copy of Volume one of the Rexburg History.

Sylvia Walker played a piano solo entitled “I Love You”.

Closing prayer was offered by Martha Jensen.

NOTE: The Election of our President Elect will be in the October Membership meeting.

Louis Clements shared details about the founding and development of Rexburg. His presentation included some humorous events in Rexburg’s history that few in the audience had known. He also described the development of the layout of Rexburg’s streets, the canal system, and the development of the business district of the city.

President Grover directed the door prize drawing which was won by Bonnie Jackman and Dave Brown. They each were given a copy of Volume one of the Rexburg History.

Sylvia Walker played a piano solo entitled “I Love You”.

Closing prayer was offered by Martha Jensen.

NOTE: The Election of our President Elect will be in the October Membership meeting.

SUP Newsletter
Upper Snake River Valley Chapter
July 2017

On 23 July 2017 a 24th of July Fireside was held at 7 P.M. in the North Rexburg Stake Chapel
The Theme was “Our Pioneer and Pioneering Educators: Teachers Who Make a Difference,”
attended by 264 Chapter Members and Guests. Prior to the beginning of the program a series of numbered slides were shown of schools in the Upper Snake River Valley. A handout was given to each person to write down the name of the seventeen school buildings in the appropriately numbered space.

A welcome and Opening comments were given by
President F. Martell Grover.

Opening song: “Firm as the Mountains Around Us”
Pianist: Sylvia Walker
Conductor: Carol Ladle
Pledge of Allegiance led by Ken Hart, President Elect
Invocation: Jerry Glenn

Doug Ladle, Event Chairman, presented the Theme.
He reviewed the answers to the Preprogram Quiz
on Area School buildings. Then presented the “Preserving Our Educational Heritage” Award to four of the outstanding historians in the Southeast Idaho area. They were Louis Clements, Lowell and Mardi Parkinson, Harold Forbush and Robert Worrell. (Picture is available for Louis Clements only. Robert Worrell was unavailable, Lowell and Mardi were unable to attend and Harold Forbush is deceased but was represented by his son, Kirby Forbush.
He also showed everyone the new SUP Upper Snake River Valley web site which has information about the SUP and our Chapter, plus the list of those who had been nominated as “Teachers Who Make a Difference” in Madison Schools, Sugar Salem Schools, Ricks College/BYU Idaho, and other educators.
There are 370 of them. The results can be accessed at PioneersRexburg.org by clicking on
NEWS in the left hand column and then scrolling to the School results you want to see.
Following the above he introduced the speakers for the evening, they spoke as follows:

 

Jim Gee spoke on Teachers of the Sugar-Salem School District. He mentioned his parents, who taught for a number of years in the district, Glenn Dalling, who coached and taught in the Sugar-Salem school district, Eddy Eaten and
also Verla Lusk, who was his English Teacher. She was instrumental in helping him gain confidence in his ability to write and in his usage of the English language. He feels that the old adage really does apply today which says “It doesn’t matter how much you know until they see how much you care.” The teachers whom he knows were much more interested in the development of the student than in the amount of their salaries.

 

Lane Hemming spoke on Teachers of the Madison School District. He said that the teachers at Madison High School at every level from Elementary through High School were an unselfish group of people, who while their salaries were low, were more interested in the welfare of the students than the amount they were paid. He had an Uncle Tom Hemming, who played on the basketball team coached by Lowell Biddulph which went to the National High School boys basketball tournament in Chicago, Illinois in 1930. Funds were raised by the local community so they could go.
Others were Drew Cooper, who suffered exposure to mustard gas during WWI which maimed him for life, but who
dedicated his life to successfully teaching young people. An outstanding music program which was begun by Jay Slaughter and Hal Barton has become a tradition at Madison High School. Jay Slaughter came from the University of Utah with a high stepping very successful method for the marching band. David Hinck came twenty years ago and has had his music programs recognized statewide. Then there was Norman Holman and Val Dalling who had as great a positive effect on the student body of Madison High School as anyone he has known. Some of the less notable ones, but never the less effective with the students were custodians Freddie Reese at the high school and John Pearson at Adams Elementary school. John Pearson had been a very successful farmer at one time, but lost everything during the depression.
His final summary was that educators at Madison Schools, at every level, have always been dedicated and effective in influencing in a positive way the lives of the students.

 

 

 

Donna Jean Kinghorns spoke on Teachers of Ricks College and BYU Idaho. “As a child, growing up in the Rexburg area, I thought, from the way my parents and other family members talked about Ricks College that it must be an enchanted, wonderful place, because they spoke of their experiences there with such enthusiasm and fondness.”

The faculty at Ricks College were committed to their profession and were very unselfish with their time and talents. Nearly every professor not only carried a full teaching load, but advised and assisted in so many ways in at least one club or student activity also. They truly cared about their students. She mentioned Lowell and Ruth Biddulph, Helen Lamprech, Harold Nelsen, Norman Ricks and others.

President Henry B. Eyring, the first President Eyring, said this about the faculty of Ricks in an April 1975 Ensign interview: “We have some truly great scholars at Ricks College: faculty members who are publishing, not because that is the number one priority on our campus, but because they simply are continuing to advance and discover. I have taught at colleges where the driving force was survival. If you were not a creative publishing scholar, you could not stay at the college. We maintain the emphasis on the student. If a teacher is a nurturing teacher, as well as a scholar, he can be at Ricks College….this permits an extremely high quality of faculty-student relationships. For example, there is a Ricks professor who is leading his field in aspects of life science research; he is also tremendously involved in the lives of his students. Often, as I pass his office, there is a student from the rodeo team with him. That’s because he happens to like horses. And if a boy can’t get a special kind of help anywhere else, he gets it there.” Of course President Eyring was talking about Mel Griffith.

Ricks College professors touched and changed lives for the better. Even with the tremendous growth that BYU-I has experienced, the professors there continue this practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brent Hill noted that the influence of a teacher extends far beyond the students he teaches. He told of Oliver Cowdery, who came from a New England family with strong traditions of patriotism, learning, and religion. It was while teaching at the village school in Manchester, NY, and living with the Smith family that Cowdery first heard about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.
Today we are the beneficiaries of the early Saints who taught their children to read and write. Hundreds of hand-written journals provide us with the history of Mormonism and America. Without those who taught, there would be no record of our heritage.
Hill recounted the persecutions endured by early church members and the pleas to their government for redress. Petitions to the State of Missouri, to President Martin Van Buren, and even to Congress, were ignored or rebuked.
After the murder of their prophet by a mob, the surviving Saints were driven from their homes and led west on an exodus by Brigham Young.
As they were making their trek across Iowa, the U.S. Army asked for a contingent of men to serve in the Mexican War. The nation that had rejected them was now asking for fathers to abandon their fleeing families and risk their own lives defending America. The Mormon Pioneers answered the call with patriotic fervor and volunteers, known as the Mormon Battalion, marched over 2,000 miles by foot to serve their country.
The early Saints taught us the real values of this nation even when we are faced with difficult challenges. Through persecution and oppression, even when it appeared that their country had failed them, the Mormon Pioneers maintained their loyalty and patriotism for the United States of America.
Closing Song: “America the Beautiful”
Pianist: Sylvia Walker, Conductor: Carol Ladle
Closing Prayer: Alton Wilde, Former President of our SUP Chapter

Refreshments were served in the Cultural Hall

Madison School District

Bair He was just a teacher that was very helpful in teaching life skills and what not.
Bair Jason He was really good with everyone in his class
Baker Marilyn Made me feel so important. Loved her. She gave me so much confidence.
Barton David Mr. B taught me how to listen to others and be humble. I’ll always remember a few phrases that he said: “Don’t ever deliberately make a mistake” and “Talk softly and carry a big stick. He is the reason I came to love writing music and he encouraged me by challenging me to write a piece for band. By now I have written two that have been performed and will be conducting another. He no longer works at the school district but I have continued to apply the lessons he taught me years ago in band.
Barton Hal He stood up for us, or at least didn’t kill us, when some of the class of 1965 painted the big R on the Menan Butte to look like SR ’65 3 days before graduation.
Barton Hall Mr. Barton motivated and inspired and taught music to many and was always glad to reminisce over the years.
Barton Hal Hal Barton was my inspiration to learn instrumental music and to teach music. Here I am teaching music lessons 60 years after I first picked up the trombone. He got me through my first trombone solo and was there when I did a trumpet solo for a tv show. He got me started on saxophone and helped me with sheet music for our dance band in high school. He inspired me to say, that’s what I want to do for my profession.
Barton Colleen Mrs. Barton taught me how to think; how to analyze; how to discuss; delve into the depths of reading; and write a killer essay. I have used these skills every day of my life since. She was demanding but had a very quick wit and a sly sense of humor. I looked forward to her class every day.
Barzee Ellen Mrs. Barzee not only taught me lasting lessons, but she also inspired in me a set of morals and values that have determined the course of my life. She was an great example of right and wrong to my highly impressionable mind. Also she showed me how fun learning can be. This has been a huge blessing in my life. Mrs. Barzee was a wonderful Kindergarden teacher, and I’ll forever be grateful for her great kindness.
Barzee Ellen I moved to Idaho during Kindergarten and attended Union Lyman Elementary. Mrs. Barzee always made me feel important. She loved me and helped me find my strengths. She was calm and reassuring. I became a teacher because of Ellen and currently teach in the Madison School District.
Benson Bruce He coached me through three years of speech and debate. Mr. Benson helped me to improve my skills when it came to public speaking, communications, and argumentation. He really has helped me not only to find out what skills I have, but what I can do to further advance them.
Benson Bruce Mr. Benson has enabled me to grow through facilitating the MHS Debate team. Without his hard work and dedication, many students, myself included, would never have the opportunity to learn the communication and argumentative skills that debate provides.
Benson Bruce Mr. Benson’s devotion to his students and their success is inspiring. He helped me become a better leader and debater by giving me opportunities to learn. He was always willing to help and he did everything he could to give everyone a fair opportunity. His dedication taught me what it meant to be a true leader and helped me become a better person.
Berry Preston Self- discipline and encouragement
Bigler Lenore Mrs Bigler showed me that writing can be fun and that I could do it. She encouraged creative thinking. She loved her subject and instilled that love in me, too.
Bigler Mrs. I was able to work in the library with Mrs. Bigler, and she was very kind and dedicated. She would send us on errands, knowing that she could trust us to do just what she needed done. She was over the school newspaper, and she taught us how to format that and was very patient with us.
Bigler Lenore She cared so very much about her students. She taught us to feel worthwhile and value the individual that we are. We always felt good being around her.

Bigler Norvil Mr. Bigler was one of a kind! He was smart, funny and to some a little scary. I enjoyed his class immensely. One of my memories is getting to read the role of Lady Macbeth as we studied Macbeth. He loved Shakespeare and taught it well!!
BIGLER CAN REMEMBER BOTH THE BIGLERS MADE ME AWARE THAT I WAS NOT DUMB BUT AHAD A LD PROBLEM
Blaser Roland Mr. Blaser communicated effectively and explained Trigonometry in a very understandable way. He was friendly and always respectful. My interactions with him both in High School and for many years after were always motivating and encouraging. I wanted to be a better person because of his example.
Boice Robert Mr. Boice was very influential on me especially related to continuing my education. He encouraged me to get a college degree. Even though I got married and had kids after high school, I never forgot the counsel he gave to me to get an education. I always kept education in the back of my mind. I thank him for instilling that drive in me during my high school years. Today, I have a doctorate degree.

He was hard working, dedicated, patience, optimistic, encouraging. He was a great teacher and mentor to me during very influential years in my life. We laughed and joked a lot too.
Boice Bob I will be nominating Bob Boice along with Jim Lamph. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.
Bowman Scott Mr. Bowman lives in Ashton, but he drives every day to Rexburg to teach in the Madison School District. He has the perfect balance of being loving, but firm with his students. He exposes his students to the guitar and the ukulele in his class. After a full day of teaching fourth graders, he gets in the Drivers Ed car, and puts his life in the hands of 14 year old student drivers. He has taught several of my children, and they all appreciate and respect him.
Call Ron He inspired me to pursue my dream, and he gave me the knowledge to do so. He made High School bearable in the worst times of my life, and was always there for me. He made school fun
Call Ron He’s LIT!
Call Ron He inspired the class and he made the projects and class work very interesting, educational and fun.
Catmull, Arabell She encouraged me to think about what I was reading!
Catmul Arabell She taught throughout High School and followed our class till we graduated. She always made you feel important.
Catmull Arabell I had Mrs. Catmull for four years. I learned how sentences are constructed, how to read analytically, and how to express myself in sensible sentences. My success in higher education was largely due to that training I received from her.
Catmull Arabella I memorized several poems (which I can still recite) she encouraged us to memorize. She had a style which I tried to emulate in my 31 years of teaching to bring out the best in all her students. She had a firm and quiet style, and always had control of her classes. She taught me in 3 or 4 grades, moving on to Ricks College.
Catmull Arabelle We would like to submit the name of Arabel Parkinson Catmull as our outstanding teacher of Madison County. Mrs. Catmull was our English teacher at Madison Junior High, Madison High School and later at Ricks College.
This history was taken from The Rexburg Booklore Club book written by Lowell J. Parkinson and unfortunately Mrs. Catmull died two months before the book was published. Sadly she didn’t get to see that one of her students was listening to her and received great benefit from what she taught.
She was born April 28, 1911, a daughter of Albert Hobbs Parkinson and Ella Eveline Monson. She grew up in Franklin, Idaho, a small town located immediately north of the Utah border. Franklin had the distinction of being the first permanent settlement in Idaho. Each year a celebration was held there on the 15th of June in honor of that distinction. She recalled that she remembered those celebrations vividly.
She was one of eight children who shared the joys of a large family. She was taught and learned the meaning of love, the sharing of work and responsibilities, development and teachings of the gospel, and many values and principles of truth and honesty.
While attending the University of Idaho in Moscow, she met her husband-to-be. Two years later in 1936 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple and they had three daughters: DeAnne Walker, Joan Hansen and Merrie Wood. She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren prior to her death.
Arabel stated that meeting and marrying George Catmull had to be the high point in her life. Their common interests brought them so much happiness and they shared their togetherness. Education, and the pursuit of it was one of their common goals. Involvement in teaching and administration of schools was a focal point in their lives. Mrs. Catmull taught five years before she was married. After her marriage and through the years of taking care of her family, she returned to teaching. She taught in the elementary schools for twelve years, junior high for three, high school for two; and the climax she said was teaching at Ricks College for thirteen years.
She became a member of the Book Lore Club in 1954 because she had a love of books and enjoyed the association with her friends that were members of this club. She tried to improve herself by reading good books.
Catmull Arabel Mrs. Catmull started with our class when we were sophomores at Madison. She pretty much moved with us every year. And she also moved to Ricks College when we went there. I had the privilege of being her student assistant our second year at Ricks and she was an advisor to the LDS club I was in–Kappa Omega. She always cared about her students and I think she had a special place in her heart for Madison’s Class of 1965! I learned so much from her and she was also my friend! (This would only allow 1 school choice but she should be nominated for both Madison High School and Ricks)
Cichos Trent LEGEND. Is the greatest guy and coach that I have ever met in my life. Was great spending my last year with him. He did so much for the golf team and the school. He took so much time out of his life for us and us as the golf team are truly thankful for that.
Dalling Val He took care of me when i broke my collarbone in his PE class.
Dalling Val Coach Dalling became a good friend while he was my football coach in high school, but continued to influence my life for the rest of his life. He was almost bigger than life in my eyes, but when he called me by name and treated me like a friend, I felt I was worth something and always wanted to be my best because of his influence.
David Hinck Instilled in me a love of music and beautiful art, and habits of kindness, practicality and professionalism.
Davis Both Wayne & Bertie Davis. They lived in Hibbard They were both just so kind. She made my shy little 4th grade self to feel important and He made me think!
Davis Wayne He cared
Davis Birdie
Decker Science has always been horrible subject for me but with Mrs. Decker I understood and I felt like I could make sense of the world. She was always so patient, and so willing to help. She had a way of making the lessons apply in a way I had never known before so I personally learned a lot from her.
Decker Shauna Mrs. Decker cares about all her students just not one. she helps you understand the subject clearly. Shauna likes to have fun as well, her perspective is that she does various activity for those who learn differently than others do.
Duque Larry Larry Duque is my tennis coach. Words can’t describe the difference he has made in my life. I can be a very shy person and not really put myself out there. But coach has changed that. I have more friends then I have ever had because of tennis. He has helped me grow to be a better person and tennis player. He always tells us quote” What’s my job as a coach… (we answer back) to love us…What’s your job as a team…(we answer back) to love each other” end quote. The tennis team has become my family. I am so thankful for the coach Duque and all he has done for me!
Durfee Ryan Mr. Durfee was the first teacher that taught me how to love learning.
Durfee Ryan He taught me how to have fun while learning. For example, we learned how a hippopotamus poops whilst learning about the 13 original colonies. He is my favorite teacher I’ve ever had. He worked really hard to make sure we had a fun time AND learned a lot. That year I got a perfect score on the Math ISAT.
Durfee Ryan The best teacher I have ever had is Mr. Durfee. He had blessed my life in many ways. Math has always been a struggle for me. I thought I wasn’t smart, but he fixed that. Mr. Durfee told me that we all have different strengths and it is okay to make mistakes. He sacrificed his time so he could teach me how to have a growth mindset and be positive. He demonstrates a positive attitude by making my classmates and I laugh. This was the best school year of my life because of my teacher, Mr. Durfee. I appreciate him.
Fujimoto Shiro He just simplified math and made it understandable for me. I was in more advanced math then most people in my grade so my math class was full of older kids that I didn’t know. During this time I was kind of struggling to make friends and so I wasn’t a huge fan of going to school. Mr. Fujimoto made me feel welcome and I often spent my mornings before school in his class just talking and getting help with math. He was there for me and helped me want to come to school. It was a big help during that time.
Fujimoto Shiro Mr Fujimoto was instrumental in helping youth learn and enjoy math. He was engaging in class with the students. Being also a coach his classroom approach was similar in coaching students to expand their minds.
Gray Joanne Miss Gray positively impacted thousands of lives during her tenure at Madison High School. Not only did she teach the invaluable skill of typing (even though we didn’t know how vital it was going to be), but she was always a listening ear, a life cheerleader, and a positive role model. I implement the business skills she taught me every single day as I run my own consulting company and work for others. I know I am not alone in my appreciation of Miss Gray.
Green then to Haberlie Frauline Mrs. Green made learning German fun. She was a friend and a teacher.
Grover Wayne I didn’t do well in Mathematics–probably deserved a F grade. But Mr. Grover believed in me, saw that I understood the concepts but couldn’t do well in testing situations, and therefore gave me a C grade because I knew the stuff. Seeing deeper than a score book is what made him a teacher who made a difference in my life.
Haeberle James He gave me a reason to care about history and how it is necessary to be informed in this particular dimension.
Hagge Ryan Mr. Hagge was a great teacher. He continuously taught depth of the subject we were learning. Mr. Hagge also didn’t like the way students were graded, he thought because the school sets Fs at 60% and passing at top 40% the class is up against you. If you get a 0 you should be able to do an assignment and get a 100 to cancel it out but with the current system the 0 is heavier than the 100. That is just one thing that impressed me about his attitude to care for his students. Mr. Hagge was also impressive in other ways, he was a volunteer fire fighter, a father, a great teacher, and a entrepreneur. Mr. Hagge has a very successful life because of all his hard work and it shows in his classroom. he cares that us students learn something worthwhile.
Hansen Rick Mr. Rick Hansen is an extremely talented musician. He has a huge passion for music. He has taught thousands of students in 43 years and blessed countless lives. He has provided Rexburg with an amazing orchestra program.
Hansen Rick Mr. Hansen taught me how to love music. without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. music has helped me express my feelings more, sing better, calm down from anxiety attacks, and so much more. I am very grateful Mr. Hansen has taken the time to help me throughout my Jr High and High School life.
Hansen Rick I started playing cello in fifth grade, and Mr. Hansen gave me motivation to become the best musician I can be. His class helped me develop my musicianship, and I learned new things about music every day. I developed valuable leadership skills by leading the cello section through challenging parts and helping them with other passages. Orchestra is a daily class, and having that opportunity to play my cello so often is a valuable experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. By participating in orchestra, all other facets of my life have improved monumentally because of it.
Hawkins Coach I was on the first team that Coach Hawkins coached at Madison. During my junior and senior years, I played on his basketball teams. Many of the lessons I learned in practices and games from Coach Hawkins have stayed with me over the years. I am now a father of nine children and successful businessman–where I apply many of these same lessons in my life. Thank YOU, Coach Hawkins.
Hawkins Coach 2nd most influential person in my life.
Hinck David Holds students to high expectations and expands their world views through exposure to phenomenal music, trips, and world class directing.
Holman Norman Coach Holman was legendary in coaching sports at Madison. He was my football coach and gave me the opportunity to show that I could qualify as a starter for the team, and had confidence in me throughout all of my football playing years. He was a good friend for the rest of my life.
Holman Garth Mr. Holman was a good friend in and out of the classroom. He taught me how to type–which I use everyday in my life. But he also would play tennis with me after school. He always beat, but it made me feel like he valued me as a person. Someday I hope I can beat him in Heaven!
Holman Norm Coach Holman provided needed mentoring in my athletic endeavors and graciously wrote me a letter of recommendation to help me get into college. He helped me when I needed it most and to this day, I am touched by his interest in my life and his willingness to help me when I needed help.
Holverson Don The guy was a great person and teacher. He never put up with crap and knew how to control the classroom environment.
Ingram Lucas He has tought me about the importance each life is in this world. Every person makes a difference no matter how big or small that person may be. He has also tought me that I can do hard things.
Ingram Lucas Mr. Ingram gave me the cherished gift of understanding the nature of this country and roles of its many men and women. Mr. Ingram loved teaching, learning, and understanding the complexities of history to inspire us to understand what our present has to offer. He taught me how to analyze historical events so I can now understand what happens today in a way I never could have before. I owe, in part, my thirst for greater learning to him and for that I’m very grateful. My entire paradigm shifted into a new way that has blessed my life since.
Jim Lamph I will be nominating Jim Lamph along with Bob Boice. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.
Jones Kevin Through his hard work, AP classes have been integrated into Madison High School, allowing me to get out of several college courses. He made it possible for me to take AP tests regardless of my limitations.
Klassen Bradee I don’t always love school, but he always finds ways to make me pay attention and help me learn in his class
Klassen Bradee Mr. Klassen is an interesting teacher who cares about the subject he teaches and also cares about all different types of students to make them feel valued.
Klingler Steve He taught me to love band and he introduced me to marching band where I met some of my closest friends.
Klingler Steven He made me feel like I had so much potential and it made me want to be a better musician. He was always positive and happy which was awesome! He was always encouraging and loving!
Kunz Belinda Mrs. Kunz taught me to work hard and manage my time. There were almost always assignments to do in class and if you managed your time and worked hard you could finish in class. She showed me how important hard work was.
Kunz Belinda She always helped me to really understand the subject, and she was always so willing to help me. She helped me to really enjoy school, and I knew she’d would always be there if I needed to talk about school or sports or anything else! She was an amazing teacher, and an amazing teacher!!
Lambson Zachary He was very helpful to me when i started to have medical problems. He was willing to help me with anything i needed and he was always very concerned about how i was doing. Mr. Lambson really was one of the only reason i was able to make it through my junior year.
Lambson Zachary Mr Lambson made a difference in my life because he always pushed me to do my best and think for myself. He always made me feel heard and he always told me that my opinion matters and it’s important. Mr. Lambson makes all of his student feel important and he teaches us to be adults who think for themselves. He always reaches out to us students even if they are no longer in his class. He has definitely influenced me and made me love school because I feel important and heard because he cares and he puts a hundred and fifty percent into everything he does.
Leatham Amy She teaches in a way that students understand. If a student doesn’t understand, she will teach it in a different way u til the student can do it on their own. She always knows if one of her students is going through something hard, and makes an effort to help them get through it.
Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham is willing to help her students in any way she can and makes her classroom a welcoming place.
Leatham Amy She was always so nice and happy. She made the class enjoyable and involved everyone
Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham was my teacher on the morning of 9/11 and she helped the class not only learn about what was happening but helped to calm our fears and not feel like we were alone in that terrible day.
LeFevre Mr. Lefevre made a difference in my life because he told me what I needed to hear, even though it was hard. I preferred (and still prefer sometimes) to goof around or “be funny” instead of doing what I should. I was being disruptive and after multiple warnings he took me aside and made a comment about my lack of maturity. Now, I look back on that and try harder to take life seriously and try to judge the time and place for jokes.
Lewies Julie Mrs Lewies was more than a teacher, she was caring and thoughtful and inspiring. She took the time to get to know her students and encouraged us to think for ourselves. I took every class she offered because she made her subjects come to life with a gentle, thoughtful approach. I felt so loved by Mrs Lewies and looked forward to her class everyday no matter what difficulties I might be facing in other aspects of my life. I feel like she broaden my perspective and made me feel important.
Magleby-Wilson Shirlene Shirlene not only taught business, but taught life lessons. She took a special interest in her students and at times was a counselor to each of them. She was also the director of the junior miss program for years and coached hundreds of young women on how to be your best self. Her charm schools taught skills I still use every day. Shirlene will always be remembered by me as an amazing teacher, mentor, role model and friend.
Meyers Stephen Mr. Meyers made sure that class wasn’t just a “shop” class with an easy grade. He involved each student, and taught us principles that would impact our futures. He was friendly to all, fair, and tough when he needed to be. On a extracurricular Student Trip to a district competition, Mr. Meyers ensured all students acted appropriately and were an example to other schools. Thank you Mr. Meyers for making a difference.
Miller Camille She made English not horrible.
Miller Camille She helped me understand grammar better. She made class fun by always doing activities that got you involved. Mrs. Miller made me begin to love reading, she has always been a positive source when it comes to reading.
Miller Camille She taught me to work hard and to love English. Miller showed so much spunk and fun in our class that made it a happy place to learn. She always looked happy to be there and to be with us. I got through that class with an excellent understanding of what was taught and still had fun along the way.
Miller Camille Always knew when it was time to have fun and time to be serious. Learned a lot in her class.
Moon She taught me how to read!
Moon Hilda ( I think) She is the only teacher that I remember that really made me want to learn. She had me reading book after book and I think she had the same effect on the other students. She by far and away was my favorite teacher.
Moore Corey He showed me how to access my talents and use them to my advantage in schooling. I was never good at research reports and I asked if I could write my final project report as a narrative essay. He gave me an adapted list of guidelines of material that would need to be included in the narrative and then gave me free rage to creatively express myself. The project laid the foundations for a novel I later went on to write and am currently beginning to publish.
Morales Art He has taught me and the other baseball players so much not just during high school but before that when he coached our travel team. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and will always care about you and helping make you into the best person you can be.
Mumm Justin The guy is a legend.
North Dan He helped enrich and deepen my understanding for music. He inspired me to portray feelings, emotions, and messages that cannot be expressed in any other way except through music. He taught more than just music though. He taught unity, teamwork, determination, and so many other great skills for band and for life. I cannot thank him enough!
North Dan There is too much to put into words. Suffice it to say that I might not be here if it wasn’t for him.
North Dan He taught me that there’s always room for improvement in everything you do. He taught me to connect to the songs to deliver it to the audience. He’s one of my greatest hero’s.
North Dan He taught me to view the world and connect with those around me, and to work hard.
North Dan Discipline, excellence, confidence, acceptance. Also puns and bad jokes.
North Dan He was always willing to listen to me and help me with any problems I had. He was never too busy to talk to me or help me. He was like another dad to me and just helped me feel worthwhile!
North Dan
Nykamp Brittany She actually made math enjoyable, and you can tell by the way she teaches that she loves what she does.
Nykamp Mrs. Nykamp is an outstanding teacher. She has an amazing talent to teach math to her students in a way that helps them understand it and love it. Not only that, she is always so kind to her students. I honestly don’t know how she does it, but all of her classes give her respect from the first day. I suspect it’s because the students can feel how she cares for them so they return that feeling. Overall, she is an amazing teacher that has motivated me to be like her: kind, compassionate, and loving. Thank you Mrs. Nykamp for all you do.
Palmer Gene I just remember him being fun and making science interesting. AND…. we got to dissect worms and frogs!.
Palmer Gene Mr. Palmer helped me enjoy studying Chemistry. That interest led me to considering a major in Chemistry in College. He endured teaching our class in spite of suffering a serious injury and the necessary rehabilitation from surgery. He continued to befriend me and encourage me long after my high school graduation.
Palmer Gene I loved his Biology class as a Jr. One day I asked him what careers you could launch with Biology. He suggested I look into Medical Technology. I did and went for it. He was funny and a good friend to all. His love of skiing also rubbed off on a lot of us!
Pancheri Matt Talked me up to ISU and got me a full ride
Pancherri Matt He taught me to be positive and helped me with my sport.
Parker Paul Paul Parker made a difference because you always told me that I could do anything I set my mind too. When I would struggle with aspects of the language, he would remind me of what I did know and then help me understand the new concept. Profe Parker cared about me as a person and would let my sarcasm be part of the class, which relieved a lot of stress because I could simply be myself. Paul Parker knew Spanish like the back of his hand and really challenged his students by enveloping them in the language. I learned so much about the Spanish language and what a good teacher should be like by the example of Prof. Parker.
Parkinson Bradley Mr Parkinson changed my life by volunteering to coach the club tennis team. He allowed me to learn on the fly as a freshman and as a result I played in the state tournament 3 times. I know his influence was felt many years after I graduated in 1994 as the tennis complex came to life in the future. Thanks Brad for teaching me a lifetime game.
Parkinson Marie I learned an appreciation for living a healthy lifestyle which I have maintained for the 30 years since. I learned about the importance of health and exercise and the benefits of staying healthy and active. I exercise daily and eat healthy and it has kept me in perfect shape and mentally strong.
Parkinson Gary I was so lucky to have Gary Parkinson as a basketball coach in High School. He taught us that even though we are on the basketball court we should still act like a woman. We were taught to dress modestly and play with class. He knew the game of basketball and was able to use the different talents on the team to make the best team possible, as a result winning a handful of State Championships.
Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips reached out to every student and made every person in the class feel important.
Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips made a difference in my life because he was not only a great teacher, but an amazing friend. He also taught me more than just the school curriculum, he taught me life lessons.
Phillips Travis His Anat. and Phys. class was my favorite class throughout high school. I have never enjoyed learning about a subject in school so much. he knows his stuff.
Pitsenbarger David He didn’t just teach the lessons, he taught us about life. How not to remake the same decisions, mistakes as made in past.
pittsenbarger He connected with all of his students and he made the effort to get to know you:)
Prescott Larry (Mr. Prescott passed away October 29, 2017)
Prescott,
I remember my sophomore year you were just the photo teacher that sold pop in his room. Then when you became the yearbook advisor, my junior year, you taught me so many things about others and myself. You taught me how to see a picture differently, but more importantly you showed me how to see people differently. You tried to show me how to love people and be kind to them no matter how they acted or how you perceived them. You always cared about each one of your students. Your room was a safe place for students to come and be themselves.
As a yearbook advisor, you encouraged us to tell our story. You wanted to make sure that every one’s voices were heard. At yearbook camp, in the summer of 2016 when we started work on the 2017 yearbook, you wanted to make sure the yearbook focused on everyday moments and how we only have NOW. You had full faith in us, to make the book ours, but we always knew that you were there for us.
Thank you for teaching me how to take a picture and design a spread, but most importantly how to be a good person. Thank you for supporting me and being my friend and mentor. You had a great influence on my life. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. You will never be forgotten.

 

 

Reese Darla Mrs. Reese was an amazing teacher who truly cared about her students and helped them learn. I remember loving her science activities and making my own books in her class. She really helped me to love learning! I will always remember her kindness and her zest for life and learning!
Reeser David Mr. Reeser helped me develop a love for human rights and how to recognize when they are being taken advantage of.
Reeser David He was enthusiastic about the classes, which made you love them too. He showed me the things that really matter in this life and how we can be active citizens in changing the world.
Reeser David He was passionate about what he taught us, and I knew it was important to him, so it became important to me.
Reeser Dave Mr. Reeser was by far my favorite teacher of all my time in school. He never failed to make our class laugh, but he also really encouraged and helped in progressing my passion for politics. He is so intelligent and definitely one of the finest teachers at Madison High School. He always made government fun, which is a feat not many are successful at. He has made an influence in my life and I’m forever grateful to him.
Reeser David Mr. Reeser instilled in me a love of learning and a sense of duty to use my education to help others. His Holocaust class helped me understand the course of history and how to recognize when I need to stand up for others. Through his love of learning and desire to help others find that love as well, he encouraged me to grow and expand my knowledge so I could traverse this world knowing how to help others. He taught me how to guard myself against intolerance and recognize the complexity of government but also its potential for the benefit of those less fortunate than I. Through this, I have become more analytical and knowledgeable about my place in society and the role I can play with the responsibility I take.
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was a friend and authentic personality–as well as an excellent teacher. He helped us loved his subject matter and supported us as the adviser to the Arsto-Vers Club–the men’s service club.
Ricks Rylan He showed me that any subject can be fun if you are willing to learn and approach it the right way. He made me feel like I could do any math problem.
Ricks his wife babysat me when i was a child, and his kindness really helped me in more ways than one during the few years that I studied under him
Ricks Rylan He was always very friendly and nice. He wanted to help us learn. He noticed if we didn’t seem to be okay. He cared about his students.
Ricks Mr. From dancing on the desks to sharing orange sticks, Mr. Ricks made math seem anything but boring. Because of him, I am a high school math teacher, though I don’t dance on my desk ;]
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was one of my favorite teachers–he became a friend and an exciting teacher through his passion for Orange Sticks, his adviser role over the Aristo Vers, and his sparking an interest in science in me that lingered for years and years. He was a role model and friend in and out of the classroom.
Robison Perry
Ryan Snelgrove Snelgrove helped me develop a understanding of all the students that go to our school. He is the best teacher ever!
Smith Karen Karen Smith was one of my most beloved teachers because she made learning come alive for me. She had a great love for her students and made each one feel important. Elementary school teachers have a very thankless job, but I will always remember her cheerful attitude and fun way of teaching.
Snelgrove Ryan He has such a great style of teaching that really sinks down and leaves a really strong impression that lasts. He is very involved and does a very great job of following through with what he promises to do.
Snelgrove Ryan He makes me feel intelligent in his class, his class is fun but also educational. AP Lit has been a blast with his understand of my problems that arise frequently.
Snelgrove Ryan This teacher has taught me so much in every class that I have had with him. He is funny and smart and works hard to provide an ideal learning environment for his class.
Snelgrove Ryan I got sick one year, sick enough that I was worried about what my future would look like, and whether or not I would have one at all. Mr. Snelgrove helped me feel welcome when others wouldn’t, and I’m so grateful that he did because without him I don’t know where or if I would be here today.
Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove made a significant impact on my life when I first started high school. His charisma and enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches has transferred to me and many of the other students in his classes. Snelgrove taught me how to appreciate and analyze literature, and eventually gave me the tools to create works on my own.
Snelgrove Ryan One of the things that stands out the most in my mind is when he had a student teacher. The student teacher was really difficult to get along with and was my least favorite teacher I have ever had. Mr. Snelgrove was able to work with this difficult situation masterfully. He treated the student teacher with respect and was able to clarify and teach us in a way that did not make the student teacher feel like an idiot. Mr. Snelgrove also showed that student teacher how to teach without coming out and saying how awful they were. It was a great lesson to me to see this skillful demonstration of working with people that we do not always see eye to eye with. I now have a better understanding, not only of the English concepts we learned, but how to work with others. Thanks to Mr. Snelgrove
Snelgrove Ryan Is one of the funniest teachers I have ever had. Always made class fun, but made sure that you learned something.
Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove helped me understand and cherish literature. He also taught me how I can analyze and write in a cohesive and powerful way. His enthusiasm and wisdom helped me grow in my education. I’m indebted to what he taught me because it helped me choose what to pursue in College and where to go with my life. I love to read and write due to his influence and I’m very grateful for the path he sent me on.
Terry Coach Created curiosity into civic affairs and also remained a great example of fitness.
Thomason Bonnie I learned so many things from Mrs. Thomason 🙂 She taught me to love learning, how to be organized, and to be confident in my abilities. Most importantly, Mrs. Thomason taught and lived by the motto “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” It’s been nearly 15 years since I sat in Mrs. Thomason’s classroom, but this lesson that still influences my daily life. Knowing that the challenges or triumphs I face in my life mean nothing if I am not a good and kind person, motivates me to be a harder worker, a more loyal friend, and a better version of myself. Thank you Mrs. T!
Walters Jennifer She came into the program in a really tough spot. Our previous teacher, Larry Prescott, passed away very suddenly. Yet she came in with a smile every day even though we were stubborn students and didn’t want to learn anything after such a tragic situation. I know she helped me get on my feet again and relight my love for photography. She even helped me figure out what I want to do in the future. She truly is an amazing teacher.
Wilcox Judy This was the year my parents got a divorce and Mrs. Wilcox was there for me. Since my mom had left, she stepped up and helped me with things that normally a mother would. I felt like she kind of took me under her wing! I also remember her sticking up for me wheb kids were teasing me about something. She made me feel loved during a rather tough year!!
Wilde Mrs. First grade seems like forever ago for me but Mrs Wilde has continued to affect my life even now that I’m finishing my junior year. I always loved her class and the way she taught. She’s loving and fun, but also kept us in line. Her class was so fun, we learned about how to tell if a chicken egg is fertilized and we even hatched chicks and took care of them. We also raised butterflies that we set free in the spring. Such a great teacher!
Wilson George There for his students not just during class. He made learning fun and really got to know us
Wolfe Laurene She taught more than just the class. She taught life lessons and a different view on the world. I love her
Woolf Laurene She made me feel like government is something I can not only understand, I can make a difference in it.
Woolf Laurene She taught me more about the world I live in but also made it fun for me.
Woolf Laurene She instilled confidence in me! I played sports with her son for years but she gave me more than athletic encouragement she made learning fun and she was always ultra-prepared and engaging! She helped me realize that I was plenty smart for law school (which I later completed by the way!!)

 

Madison School District

Bair He was just a teacher that was very helpful in teaching life skills and what not.
Bair Jason He was really good with everyone in his class
Baker Marilyn Made me feel so important. Loved her. She gave me so much confidence.
Barton David Mr. B taught me how to listen to others and be humble. I’ll always remember a few phrases that he said: “Don’t ever deliberately make a mistake” and “Talk softly and carry a big stick. He is the reason I came to love writing music and he encouraged me by challenging me to write a piece for band. By now I have written two that have been performed and will be conducting another. He no longer works at the school district but I have continued to apply the lessons he taught me years ago in band.
Barton Hal He stood up for us, or at least didn’t kill us, when some of the class of 1965 painted the big R on the Menan Butte to look like SR ’65 3 days before graduation.
Barton Hall Mr. Barton motivated and inspired and taught music to many and was always glad to reminisce over the years.
Barton Hal Hal Barton was my inspiration to learn instrumental music and to teach music. Here I am teaching music lessons 60 years after I first picked up the trombone. He got me through my first trombone solo and was there when I did a trumpet solo for a tv show. He got me started on saxophone and helped me with sheet music for our dance band in high school. He inspired me to say, that’s what I want to do for my profession.
Barton Colleen Mrs. Barton taught me how to think; how to analyze; how to discuss; delve into the depths of reading; and write a killer essay. I have used these skills every day of my life since. She was demanding but had a very quick wit and a sly sense of humor. I looked forward to her class every day.
Barzee Ellen Mrs. Barzee not only taught me lasting lessons, but she also inspired in me a set of morals and values that have determined the course of my life. She was an great example of right and wrong to my highly impressionable mind. Also she showed me how fun learning can be. This has been a huge blessing in my life. Mrs. Barzee was a wonderful Kindergarden teacher, and I’ll forever be grateful for her great kindness.
Barzee Ellen I moved to Idaho during Kindergarten and attended Union Lyman Elementary. Mrs. Barzee always made me feel important. She loved me and helped me find my strengths. She was calm and reassuring. I became a teacher because of Ellen and currently teach in the Madison School District.
Benson Bruce He coached me through three years of speech and debate. Mr. Benson helped me to improve my skills when it came to public speaking, communications, and argumentation. He really has helped me not only to find out what skills I have, but what I can do to further advance them.
Benson Bruce Mr. Benson has enabled me to grow through facilitating the MHS Debate team. Without his hard work and dedication, many students, myself included, would never have the opportunity to learn the communication and argumentative skills that debate provides.
Benson Bruce Mr. Benson’s devotion to his students and their success is inspiring. He helped me become a better leader and debater by giving me opportunities to learn. He was always willing to help and he did everything he could to give everyone a fair opportunity. His dedication taught me what it meant to be a true leader and helped me become a better person.
Berry Preston Self- discipline and encouragement
Bigler Lenore Mrs Bigler showed me that writing can be fun and that I could do it. She encouraged creative thinking. She loved her subject and instilled that love in me, too.
Bigler Mrs. I was able to work in the library with Mrs. Bigler, and she was very kind and dedicated. She would send us on errands, knowing that she could trust us to do just what she needed done. She was over the school newspaper, and she taught us how to format that and was very patient with us.
Bigler Lenore She cared so very much about her students. She taught us to feel worthwhile and value the individual that we are. We always felt good being around her.

Bigler Norvil Mr. Bigler was one of a kind! He was smart, funny and to some a little scary. I enjoyed his class immensely. One of my memories is getting to read the role of Lady Macbeth as we studied Macbeth. He loved Shakespeare and taught it well!!
BIGLER CAN REMEMBER BOTH THE BIGLERS MADE ME AWARE THAT I WAS NOT DUMB BUT AHAD A LD PROBLEM
Blaser Roland Mr. Blaser communicated effectively and explained Trigonometry in a very understandable way. He was friendly and always respectful. My interactions with him both in High School and for many years after were always motivating and encouraging. I wanted to be a better person because of his example.
Boice Robert Mr. Boice was very influential on me especially related to continuing my education. He encouraged me to get a college degree. Even though I got married and had kids after high school, I never forgot the counsel he gave to me to get an education. I always kept education in the back of my mind. I thank him for instilling that drive in me during my high school years. Today, I have a doctorate degree.

He was hard working, dedicated, patience, optimistic, encouraging. He was a great teacher and mentor to me during very influential years in my life. We laughed and joked a lot too.
Boice Bob I will be nominating Bob Boice along with Jim Lamph. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.
Bowman Scott Mr. Bowman lives in Ashton, but he drives every day to Rexburg to teach in the Madison School District. He has the perfect balance of being loving, but firm with his students. He exposes his students to the guitar and the ukulele in his class. After a full day of teaching fourth graders, he gets in the Drivers Ed car, and puts his life in the hands of 14 year old student drivers. He has taught several of my children, and they all appreciate and respect him.
Call Ron He inspired me to pursue my dream, and he gave me the knowledge to do so. He made High School bearable in the worst times of my life, and was always there for me. He made school fun
Call Ron He’s LIT!
Call Ron He inspired the class and he made the projects and class work very interesting, educational and fun.
Catmull, Arabell She encouraged me to think about what I was reading!
Catmul Arabell She taught throughout High School and followed our class till we graduated. She always made you feel important.
Catmull Arabell I had Mrs. Catmull for four years. I learned how sentences are constructed, how to read analytically, and how to express myself in sensible sentences. My success in higher education was largely due to that training I received from her.
Catmull Arabella I memorized several poems (which I can still recite) she encouraged us to memorize. She had a style which I tried to emulate in my 31 years of teaching to bring out the best in all her students. She had a firm and quiet style, and always had control of her classes. She taught me in 3 or 4 grades, moving on to Ricks College.
Catmull Arabelle We would like to submit the name of Arabel Parkinson Catmull as our outstanding teacher of Madison County. Mrs. Catmull was our English teacher at Madison Junior High, Madison High School and later at Ricks College.
This history was taken from The Rexburg Booklore Club book written by Lowell J. Parkinson and unfortunately Mrs. Catmull died two months before the book was published. Sadly she didn’t get to see that one of her students was listening to her and received great benefit from what she taught.
She was born April 28, 1911, a daughter of Albert Hobbs Parkinson and Ella Eveline Monson. She grew up in Franklin, Idaho, a small town located immediately north of the Utah border. Franklin had the distinction of being the first permanent settlement in Idaho. Each year a celebration was held there on the 15th of June in honor of that distinction. She recalled that she remembered those celebrations vividly.
She was one of eight children who shared the joys of a large family. She was taught and learned the meaning of love, the sharing of work and responsibilities, development and teachings of the gospel, and many values and principles of truth and honesty.
While attending the University of Idaho in Moscow, she met her husband-to-be. Two years later in 1936 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple and they had three daughters: DeAnne Walker, Joan Hansen and Merrie Wood. She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren prior to her death.
Arabel stated that meeting and marrying George Catmull had to be the high point in her life. Their common interests brought them so much happiness and they shared their togetherness. Education, and the pursuit of it was one of their common goals. Involvement in teaching and administration of schools was a focal point in their lives. Mrs. Catmull taught five years before she was married. After her marriage and through the years of taking care of her family, she returned to teaching. She taught in the elementary schools for twelve years, junior high for three, high school for two; and the climax she said was teaching at Ricks College for thirteen years.
She became a member of the Book Lore Club in 1954 because she had a love of books and enjoyed the association with her friends that were members of this club. She tried to improve herself by reading good books.
Catmull Arabel Mrs. Catmull started with our class when we were sophomores at Madison. She pretty much moved with us every year. And she also moved to Ricks College when we went there. I had the privilege of being her student assistant our second year at Ricks and she was an advisor to the LDS club I was in–Kappa Omega. She always cared about her students and I think she had a special place in her heart for Madison’s Class of 1965! I learned so much from her and she was also my friend! (This would only allow 1 school choice but she should be nominated for both Madison High School and Ricks)
Cichos Trent LEGEND. Is the greatest guy and coach that I have ever met in my life. Was great spending my last year with him. He did so much for the golf team and the school. He took so much time out of his life for us and us as the golf team are truly thankful for that.
Dalling Val He took care of me when i broke my collarbone in his PE class.
Dalling Val Coach Dalling became a good friend while he was my football coach in high school, but continued to influence my life for the rest of his life. He was almost bigger than life in my eyes, but when he called me by name and treated me like a friend, I felt I was worth something and always wanted to be my best because of his influence.
David Hinck Instilled in me a love of music and beautiful art, and habits of kindness, practicality and professionalism.
Davis Both Wayne & Bertie Davis. They lived in Hibbard They were both just so kind. She made my shy little 4th grade self to feel important and He made me think!
Davis Wayne He cared
Davis Birdie
Decker Science has always been horrible subject for me but with Mrs. Decker I understood and I felt like I could make sense of the world. She was always so patient, and so willing to help. She had a way of making the lessons apply in a way I had never known before so I personally learned a lot from her.
Decker Shauna Mrs. Decker cares about all her students just not one. she helps you understand the subject clearly. Shauna likes to have fun as well, her perspective is that she does various activity for those who learn differently than others do.
Duque Larry Larry Duque is my tennis coach. Words can’t describe the difference he has made in my life. I can be a very shy person and not really put myself out there. But coach has changed that. I have more friends then I have ever had because of tennis. He has helped me grow to be a better person and tennis player. He always tells us quote” What’s my job as a coach… (we answer back) to love us…What’s your job as a team…(we answer back) to love each other” end quote. The tennis team has become my family. I am so thankful for the coach Duque and all he has done for me!
Durfee Ryan Mr. Durfee was the first teacher that taught me how to love learning.
Durfee Ryan He taught me how to have fun while learning. For example, we learned how a hippopotamus poops whilst learning about the 13 original colonies. He is my favorite teacher I’ve ever had. He worked really hard to make sure we had a fun time AND learned a lot. That year I got a perfect score on the Math ISAT.
Durfee Ryan The best teacher I have ever had is Mr. Durfee. He had blessed my life in many ways. Math has always been a struggle for me. I thought I wasn’t smart, but he fixed that. Mr. Durfee told me that we all have different strengths and it is okay to make mistakes. He sacrificed his time so he could teach me how to have a growth mindset and be positive. He demonstrates a positive attitude by making my classmates and I laugh. This was the best school year of my life because of my teacher, Mr. Durfee. I appreciate him.
Fujimoto Shiro He just simplified math and made it understandable for me. I was in more advanced math then most people in my grade so my math class was full of older kids that I didn’t know. During this time I was kind of struggling to make friends and so I wasn’t a huge fan of going to school. Mr. Fujimoto made me feel welcome and I often spent my mornings before school in his class just talking and getting help with math. He was there for me and helped me want to come to school. It was a big help during that time.
Fujimoto Shiro Mr Fujimoto was instrumental in helping youth learn and enjoy math. He was engaging in class with the students. Being also a coach his classroom approach was similar in coaching students to expand their minds.
Gray Joanne Miss Gray positively impacted thousands of lives during her tenure at Madison High School. Not only did she teach the invaluable skill of typing (even though we didn’t know how vital it was going to be), but she was always a listening ear, a life cheerleader, and a positive role model. I implement the business skills she taught me every single day as I run my own consulting company and work for others. I know I am not alone in my appreciation of Miss Gray.
Green then to Haberlie Frauline Mrs. Green made learning German fun. She was a friend and a teacher.
Grover Wayne I didn’t do well in Mathematics–probably deserved a F grade. But Mr. Grover believed in me, saw that I understood the concepts but couldn’t do well in testing situations, and therefore gave me a C grade because I knew the stuff. Seeing deeper than a score book is what made him a teacher who made a difference in my life.
Haeberle James He gave me a reason to care about history and how it is necessary to be informed in this particular dimension.
Hagge Ryan Mr. Hagge was a great teacher. He continuously taught depth of the subject we were learning. Mr. Hagge also didn’t like the way students were graded, he thought because the school sets Fs at 60% and passing at top 40% the class is up against you. If you get a 0 you should be able to do an assignment and get a 100 to cancel it out but with the current system the 0 is heavier than the 100. That is just one thing that impressed me about his attitude to care for his students. Mr. Hagge was also impressive in other ways, he was a volunteer fire fighter, a father, a great teacher, and a entrepreneur. Mr. Hagge has a very successful life because of all his hard work and it shows in his classroom. he cares that us students learn something worthwhile.
Hansen Rick Mr. Rick Hansen is an extremely talented musician. He has a huge passion for music. He has taught thousands of students in 43 years and blessed countless lives. He has provided Rexburg with an amazing orchestra program.
Hansen Rick Mr. Hansen taught me how to love music. without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. music has helped me express my feelings more, sing better, calm down from anxiety attacks, and so much more. I am very grateful Mr. Hansen has taken the time to help me throughout my Jr High and High School life.
Hansen Rick I started playing cello in fifth grade, and Mr. Hansen gave me motivation to become the best musician I can be. His class helped me develop my musicianship, and I learned new things about music every day. I developed valuable leadership skills by leading the cello section through challenging parts and helping them with other passages. Orchestra is a daily class, and having that opportunity to play my cello so often is a valuable experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. By participating in orchestra, all other facets of my life have improved monumentally because of it.
Hawkins Coach I was on the first team that Coach Hawkins coached at Madison. During my junior and senior years, I played on his basketball teams. Many of the lessons I learned in practices and games from Coach Hawkins have stayed with me over the years. I am now a father of nine children and successful businessman–where I apply many of these same lessons in my life. Thank YOU, Coach Hawkins.
Hawkins Coach 2nd most influential person in my life.
Hinck David Holds students to high expectations and expands their world views through exposure to phenomenal music, trips, and world class directing.
Holman Norman Coach Holman was legendary in coaching sports at Madison. He was my football coach and gave me the opportunity to show that I could qualify as a starter for the team, and had confidence in me throughout all of my football playing years. He was a good friend for the rest of my life.
Holman Garth Mr. Holman was a good friend in and out of the classroom. He taught me how to type–which I use everyday in my life. But he also would play tennis with me after school. He always beat, but it made me feel like he valued me as a person. Someday I hope I can beat him in Heaven!
Holman Norm Coach Holman provided needed mentoring in my athletic endeavors and graciously wrote me a letter of recommendation to help me get into college. He helped me when I needed it most and to this day, I am touched by his interest in my life and his willingness to help me when I needed help.
Holverson Don The guy was a great person and teacher. He never put up with crap and knew how to control the classroom environment.
Ingram Lucas He has tought me about the importance each life is in this world. Every person makes a difference no matter how big or small that person may be. He has also tought me that I can do hard things.
Ingram Lucas Mr. Ingram gave me the cherished gift of understanding the nature of this country and roles of its many men and women. Mr. Ingram loved teaching, learning, and understanding the complexities of history to inspire us to understand what our present has to offer. He taught me how to analyze historical events so I can now understand what happens today in a way I never could have before. I owe, in part, my thirst for greater learning to him and for that I’m very grateful. My entire paradigm shifted into a new way that has blessed my life since.
Jim Lamph I will be nominating Jim Lamph along with Bob Boice. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.
Jones Kevin Through his hard work, AP classes have been integrated into Madison High School, allowing me to get out of several college courses. He made it possible for me to take AP tests regardless of my limitations.
Klassen Bradee I don’t always love school, but he always finds ways to make me pay attention and help me learn in his class
Klassen Bradee Mr. Klassen is an interesting teacher who cares about the subject he teaches and also cares about all different types of students to make them feel valued.
Klingler Steve He taught me to love band and he introduced me to marching band where I met some of my closest friends.
Klingler Steven He made me feel like I had so much potential and it made me want to be a better musician. He was always positive and happy which was awesome! He was always encouraging and loving!
Kunz Belinda Mrs. Kunz taught me to work hard and manage my time. There were almost always assignments to do in class and if you managed your time and worked hard you could finish in class. She showed me how important hard work was.
Kunz Belinda She always helped me to really understand the subject, and she was always so willing to help me. She helped me to really enjoy school, and I knew she’d would always be there if I needed to talk about school or sports or anything else! She was an amazing teacher, and an amazing teacher!!
Lambson Zachary He was very helpful to me when i started to have medical problems. He was willing to help me with anything i needed and he was always very concerned about how i was doing. Mr. Lambson really was one of the only reason i was able to make it through my junior year.
Lambson Zachary Mr Lambson made a difference in my life because he always pushed me to do my best and think for myself. He always made me feel heard and he always told me that my opinion matters and it’s important. Mr. Lambson makes all of his student feel important and he teaches us to be adults who think for themselves. He always reaches out to us students even if they are no longer in his class. He has definitely influenced me and made me love school because I feel important and heard because he cares and he puts a hundred and fifty percent into everything he does.
Leatham Amy She teaches in a way that students understand. If a student doesn’t understand, she will teach it in a different way u til the student can do it on their own. She always knows if one of her students is going through something hard, and makes an effort to help them get through it.
Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham is willing to help her students in any way she can and makes her classroom a welcoming place.
Leatham Amy She was always so nice and happy. She made the class enjoyable and involved everyone
Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham was my teacher on the morning of 9/11 and she helped the class not only learn about what was happening but helped to calm our fears and not feel like we were alone in that terrible day.
LeFevre Mr. Lefevre made a difference in my life because he told me what I needed to hear, even though it was hard. I preferred (and still prefer sometimes) to goof around or “be funny” instead of doing what I should. I was being disruptive and after multiple warnings he took me aside and made a comment about my lack of maturity. Now, I look back on that and try harder to take life seriously and try to judge the time and place for jokes.
Lewies Julie Mrs Lewies was more than a teacher, she was caring and thoughtful and inspiring. She took the time to get to know her students and encouraged us to think for ourselves. I took every class she offered because she made her subjects come to life with a gentle, thoughtful approach. I felt so loved by Mrs Lewies and looked forward to her class everyday no matter what difficulties I might be facing in other aspects of my life. I feel like she broaden my perspective and made me feel important.
Magleby-Wilson Shirlene Shirlene not only taught business, but taught life lessons. She took a special interest in her students and at times was a counselor to each of them. She was also the director of the junior miss program for years and coached hundreds of young women on how to be your best self. Her charm schools taught skills I still use every day. Shirlene will always be remembered by me as an amazing teacher, mentor, role model and friend.
Meyers Stephen Mr. Meyers made sure that class wasn’t just a “shop” class with an easy grade. He involved each student, and taught us principles that would impact our futures. He was friendly to all, fair, and tough when he needed to be. On a extracurricular Student Trip to a district competition, Mr. Meyers ensured all students acted appropriately and were an example to other schools. Thank you Mr. Meyers for making a difference.
Miller Camille She made English not horrible.
Miller Camille She helped me understand grammar better. She made class fun by always doing activities that got you involved. Mrs. Miller made me begin to love reading, she has always been a positive source when it comes to reading.
Miller Camille She taught me to work hard and to love English. Miller showed so much spunk and fun in our class that made it a happy place to learn. She always looked happy to be there and to be with us. I got through that class with an excellent understanding of what was taught and still had fun along the way.
Miller Camille Always knew when it was time to have fun and time to be serious. Learned a lot in her class.
Moon She taught me how to read!
Moon Hilda ( I think) She is the only teacher that I remember that really made me want to learn. She had me reading book after book and I think she had the same effect on the other students. She by far and away was my favorite teacher.
Moore Corey He showed me how to access my talents and use them to my advantage in schooling. I was never good at research reports and I asked if I could write my final project report as a narrative essay. He gave me an adapted list of guidelines of material that would need to be included in the narrative and then gave me free rage to creatively express myself. The project laid the foundations for a novel I later went on to write and am currently beginning to publish.
Morales Art He has taught me and the other baseball players so much not just during high school but before that when he coached our travel team. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and will always care about you and helping make you into the best person you can be.
Mumm Justin The guy is a legend.
North Dan He helped enrich and deepen my understanding for music. He inspired me to portray feelings, emotions, and messages that cannot be expressed in any other way except through music. He taught more than just music though. He taught unity, teamwork, determination, and so many other great skills for band and for life. I cannot thank him enough!
North Dan There is too much to put into words. Suffice it to say that I might not be here if it wasn’t for him.
North Dan He taught me that there’s always room for improvement in everything you do. He taught me to connect to the songs to deliver it to the audience. He’s one of my greatest hero’s.
North Dan He taught me to view the world and connect with those around me, and to work hard.
North Dan Discipline, excellence, confidence, acceptance. Also puns and bad jokes.
North Dan He was always willing to listen to me and help me with any problems I had. He was never too busy to talk to me or help me. He was like another dad to me and just helped me feel worthwhile!
North Dan
Nykamp Brittany She actually made math enjoyable, and you can tell by the way she teaches that she loves what she does.
Nykamp Mrs. Nykamp is an outstanding teacher. She has an amazing talent to teach math to her students in a way that helps them understand it and love it. Not only that, she is always so kind to her students. I honestly don’t know how she does it, but all of her classes give her respect from the first day. I suspect it’s because the students can feel how she cares for them so they return that feeling. Overall, she is an amazing teacher that has motivated me to be like her: kind, compassionate, and loving. Thank you Mrs. Nykamp for all you do.
Palmer Gene I just remember him being fun and making science interesting. AND…. we got to dissect worms and frogs!.
Palmer Gene Mr. Palmer helped me enjoy studying Chemistry. That interest led me to considering a major in Chemistry in College. He endured teaching our class in spite of suffering a serious injury and the necessary rehabilitation from surgery. He continued to befriend me and encourage me long after my high school graduation.
Palmer Gene I loved his Biology class as a Jr. One day I asked him what careers you could launch with Biology. He suggested I look into Medical Technology. I did and went for it. He was funny and a good friend to all. His love of skiing also rubbed off on a lot of us!
Pancheri Matt Talked me up to ISU and got me a full ride
Pancherri Matt He taught me to be positive and helped me with my sport.
Parker Paul Paul Parker made a difference because you always told me that I could do anything I set my mind too. When I would struggle with aspects of the language, he would remind me of what I did know and then help me understand the new concept. Profe Parker cared about me as a person and would let my sarcasm be part of the class, which relieved a lot of stress because I could simply be myself. Paul Parker knew Spanish like the back of his hand and really challenged his students by enveloping them in the language. I learned so much about the Spanish language and what a good teacher should be like by the example of Prof. Parker.
Parkinson Bradley Mr Parkinson changed my life by volunteering to coach the club tennis team. He allowed me to learn on the fly as a freshman and as a result I played in the state tournament 3 times. I know his influence was felt many years after I graduated in 1994 as the tennis complex came to life in the future. Thanks Brad for teaching me a lifetime game.
Parkinson Marie I learned an appreciation for living a healthy lifestyle which I have maintained for the 30 years since. I learned about the importance of health and exercise and the benefits of staying healthy and active. I exercise daily and eat healthy and it has kept me in perfect shape and mentally strong.
Parkinson Gary I was so lucky to have Gary Parkinson as a basketball coach in High School. He taught us that even though we are on the basketball court we should still act like a woman. We were taught to dress modestly and play with class. He knew the game of basketball and was able to use the different talents on the team to make the best team possible, as a result winning a handful of State Championships.
Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips reached out to every student and made every person in the class feel important.
Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips made a difference in my life because he was not only a great teacher, but an amazing friend. He also taught me more than just the school curriculum, he taught me life lessons.
Phillips Travis His Anat. and Phys. class was my favorite class throughout high school. I have never enjoyed learning about a subject in school so much. he knows his stuff.
Pitsenbarger David He didn’t just teach the lessons, he taught us about life. How not to remake the same decisions, mistakes as made in past.
pittsenbarger He connected with all of his students and he made the effort to get to know you:)
Prescott Larry (Mr. Prescott passed away October 29, 2017)
Prescott,
I remember my sophomore year you were just the photo teacher that sold pop in his room. Then when you became the yearbook advisor, my junior year, you taught me so many things about others and myself. You taught me how to see a picture differently, but more importantly you showed me how to see people differently. You tried to show me how to love people and be kind to them no matter how they acted or how you perceived them. You always cared about each one of your students. Your room was a safe place for students to come and be themselves.
As a yearbook advisor, you encouraged us to tell our story. You wanted to make sure that every one’s voices were heard. At yearbook camp, in the summer of 2016 when we started work on the 2017 yearbook, you wanted to make sure the yearbook focused on everyday moments and how we only have NOW. You had full faith in us, to make the book ours, but we always knew that you were there for us.
Thank you for teaching me how to take a picture and design a spread, but most importantly how to be a good person. Thank you for supporting me and being my friend and mentor. You had a great influence on my life. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. You will never be forgotten.

 

 

Reese Darla Mrs. Reese was an amazing teacher who truly cared about her students and helped them learn. I remember loving her science activities and making my own books in her class. She really helped me to love learning! I will always remember her kindness and her zest for life and learning!
Reeser David Mr. Reeser helped me develop a love for human rights and how to recognize when they are being taken advantage of.
Reeser David He was enthusiastic about the classes, which made you love them too. He showed me the things that really matter in this life and how we can be active citizens in changing the world.
Reeser David He was passionate about what he taught us, and I knew it was important to him, so it became important to me.
Reeser Dave Mr. Reeser was by far my favorite teacher of all my time in school. He never failed to make our class laugh, but he also really encouraged and helped in progressing my passion for politics. He is so intelligent and definitely one of the finest teachers at Madison High School. He always made government fun, which is a feat not many are successful at. He has made an influence in my life and I’m forever grateful to him.
Reeser David Mr. Reeser instilled in me a love of learning and a sense of duty to use my education to help others. His Holocaust class helped me understand the course of history and how to recognize when I need to stand up for others. Through his love of learning and desire to help others find that love as well, he encouraged me to grow and expand my knowledge so I could traverse this world knowing how to help others. He taught me how to guard myself against intolerance and recognize the complexity of government but also its potential for the benefit of those less fortunate than I. Through this, I have become more analytical and knowledgeable about my place in society and the role I can play with the responsibility I take.
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was a friend and authentic personality–as well as an excellent teacher. He helped us loved his subject matter and supported us as the adviser to the Arsto-Vers Club–the men’s service club.
Ricks Rylan He showed me that any subject can be fun if you are willing to learn and approach it the right way. He made me feel like I could do any math problem.
Ricks his wife babysat me when i was a child, and his kindness really helped me in more ways than one during the few years that I studied under him
Ricks Rylan He was always very friendly and nice. He wanted to help us learn. He noticed if we didn’t seem to be okay. He cared about his students.
Ricks Mr. From dancing on the desks to sharing orange sticks, Mr. Ricks made math seem anything but boring. Because of him, I am a high school math teacher, though I don’t dance on my desk ;]
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was one of my favorite teachers–he became a friend and an exciting teacher through his passion for Orange Sticks, his adviser role over the Aristo Vers, and his sparking an interest in science in me that lingered for years and years. He was a role model and friend in and out of the classroom.
Robison Perry
Ryan Snelgrove Snelgrove helped me develop a understanding of all the students that go to our school. He is the best teacher ever!
Smith Karen Karen Smith was one of my most beloved teachers because she made learning come alive for me. She had a great love for her students and made each one feel important. Elementary school teachers have a very thankless job, but I will always remember her cheerful attitude and fun way of teaching.
Snelgrove Ryan He has such a great style of teaching that really sinks down and leaves a really strong impression that lasts. He is very involved and does a very great job of following through with what he promises to do.
Snelgrove Ryan He makes me feel intelligent in his class, his class is fun but also educational. AP Lit has been a blast with his understand of my problems that arise frequently.
Snelgrove Ryan This teacher has taught me so much in every class that I have had with him. He is funny and smart and works hard to provide an ideal learning environment for his class.
Snelgrove Ryan I got sick one year, sick enough that I was worried about what my future would look like, and whether or not I would have one at all. Mr. Snelgrove helped me feel welcome when others wouldn’t, and I’m so grateful that he did because without him I don’t know where or if I would be here today.
Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove made a significant impact on my life when I first started high school. His charisma and enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches has transferred to me and many of the other students in his classes. Snelgrove taught me how to appreciate and analyze literature, and eventually gave me the tools to create works on my own.
Snelgrove Ryan One of the things that stands out the most in my mind is when he had a student teacher. The student teacher was really difficult to get along with and was my least favorite teacher I have ever had. Mr. Snelgrove was able to work with this difficult situation masterfully. He treated the student teacher with respect and was able to clarify and teach us in a way that did not make the student teacher feel like an idiot. Mr. Snelgrove also showed that student teacher how to teach without coming out and saying how awful they were. It was a great lesson to me to see this skillful demonstration of working with people that we do not always see eye to eye with. I now have a better understanding, not only of the English concepts we learned, but how to work with others. Thanks to Mr. Snelgrove
Snelgrove Ryan Is one of the funniest teachers I have ever had. Always made class fun, but made sure that you learned something.
Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove helped me understand and cherish literature. He also taught me how I can analyze and write in a cohesive and powerful way. His enthusiasm and wisdom helped me grow in my education. I’m indebted to what he taught me because it helped me choose what to pursue in College and where to go with my life. I love to read and write due to his influence and I’m very grateful for the path he sent me on.
Terry Coach Created curiosity into civic affairs and also remained a great example of fitness.
Thomason Bonnie I learned so many things from Mrs. Thomason 🙂 She taught me to love learning, how to be organized, and to be confident in my abilities. Most importantly, Mrs. Thomason taught and lived by the motto “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” It’s been nearly 15 years since I sat in Mrs. Thomason’s classroom, but this lesson that still influences my daily life. Knowing that the challenges or triumphs I face in my life mean nothing if I am not a good and kind person, motivates me to be a harder worker, a more loyal friend, and a better version of myself. Thank you Mrs. T!
Walters Jennifer She came into the program in a really tough spot. Our previous teacher, Larry Prescott, passed away very suddenly. Yet she came in with a smile every day even though we were stubborn students and didn’t want to learn anything after such a tragic situation. I know she helped me get on my feet again and relight my love for photography. She even helped me figure out what I want to do in the future. She truly is an amazing teacher.
Wilcox Judy This was the year my parents got a divorce and Mrs. Wilcox was there for me. Since my mom had left, she stepped up and helped me with things that normally a mother would. I felt like she kind of took me under her wing! I also remember her sticking up for me wheb kids were teasing me about something. She made me feel loved during a rather tough year!!
Wilde Mrs. First grade seems like forever ago for me but Mrs Wilde has continued to affect my life even now that I’m finishing my junior year. I always loved her class and the way she taught. She’s loving and fun, but also kept us in line. Her class was so fun, we learned about how to tell if a chicken egg is fertilized and we even hatched chicks and took care of them. We also raised butterflies that we set free in the spring. Such a great teacher!
Wilson George There for his students not just during class. He made learning fun and really got to know us
Wolfe Laurene She taught more than just the class. She taught life lessons and a different view on the world. I love her
Woolf Laurene She made me feel like government is something I can not only understand, I can make a difference in it.
Woolf Laurene She taught me more about the world I live in but also made it fun for me.
Woolf Laurene She instilled confidence in me! I played sports with her son for years but she gave me more than athletic encouragement she made learning fun and she was always ultra-prepared and engaging! She helped me realize that I was plenty smart for law school (which I later completed by the way!!)

 

Madison School District

Bair He was just a teacher that was very helpful in teaching life skills and what not.
Bair Jason He was really good with everyone in his class
Baker Marilyn Made me feel so important. Loved her. She gave me so much confidence.
Barton David Mr. B taught me how to listen to others and be humble. I’ll always remember a few phrases that he said: “Don’t ever deliberately make a mistake” and “Talk softly and carry a big stick. He is the reason I came to love writing music and he encouraged me by challenging me to write a piece for band. By now I have written two that have been performed and will be conducting another. He no longer works at the school district but I have continued to apply the lessons he taught me years ago in band.
Barton Hal He stood up for us, or at least didn’t kill us, when some of the class of 1965 painted the big R on the Menan Butte to look like SR ’65 3 days before graduation.
Barton Hall Mr. Barton motivated and inspired and taught music to many and was always glad to reminisce over the years.
Barton Hal Hal Barton was my inspiration to learn instrumental music and to teach music. Here I am teaching music lessons 60 years after I first picked up the trombone. He got me through my first trombone solo and was there when I did a trumpet solo for a tv show. He got me started on saxophone and helped me with sheet music for our dance band in high school. He inspired me to say, that’s what I want to do for my profession.
Barton Colleen Mrs. Barton taught me how to think; how to analyze; how to discuss; delve into the depths of reading; and write a killer essay. I have used these skills every day of my life since. She was demanding but had a very quick wit and a sly sense of humor. I looked forward to her class every day.
Barzee Ellen Mrs. Barzee not only taught me lasting lessons, but she also inspired in me a set of morals and values that have determined the course of my life. She was an great example of right and wrong to my highly impressionable mind. Also she showed me how fun learning can be. This has been a huge blessing in my life. Mrs. Barzee was a wonderful Kindergarden teacher, and I’ll forever be grateful for her great kindness.
Barzee Ellen I moved to Idaho during Kindergarten and attended Union Lyman Elementary. Mrs. Barzee always made me feel important. She loved me and helped me find my strengths. She was calm and reassuring. I became a teacher because of Ellen and currently teach in the Madison School District.
Benson Bruce He coached me through three years of speech and debate. Mr. Benson helped me to improve my skills when it came to public speaking, communications, and argumentation. He really has helped me not only to find out what skills I have, but what I can do to further advance them.
Benson Bruce Mr. Benson has enabled me to grow through facilitating the MHS Debate team. Without his hard work and dedication, many students, myself included, would never have the opportunity to learn the communication and argumentative skills that debate provides.
Benson Bruce Mr. Benson’s devotion to his students and their success is inspiring. He helped me become a better leader and debater by giving me opportunities to learn. He was always willing to help and he did everything he could to give everyone a fair opportunity. His dedication taught me what it meant to be a true leader and helped me become a better person.
Berry Preston Self- discipline and encouragement
Bigler Lenore Mrs Bigler showed me that writing can be fun and that I could do it. She encouraged creative thinking. She loved her subject and instilled that love in me, too.
Bigler Mrs. I was able to work in the library with Mrs. Bigler, and she was very kind and dedicated. She would send us on errands, knowing that she could trust us to do just what she needed done. She was over the school newspaper, and she taught us how to format that and was very patient with us.
Bigler Lenore She cared so very much about her students. She taught us to feel worthwhile and value the individual that we are. We always felt good being around her.

Bigler Norvil Mr. Bigler was one of a kind! He was smart, funny and to some a little scary. I enjoyed his class immensely. One of my memories is getting to read the role of Lady Macbeth as we studied Macbeth. He loved Shakespeare and taught it well!!
BIGLER CAN REMEMBER BOTH THE BIGLERS MADE ME AWARE THAT I WAS NOT DUMB BUT AHAD A LD PROBLEM
Blaser Roland Mr. Blaser communicated effectively and explained Trigonometry in a very understandable way. He was friendly and always respectful. My interactions with him both in High School and for many years after were always motivating and encouraging. I wanted to be a better person because of his example.
Boice Robert Mr. Boice was very influential on me especially related to continuing my education. He encouraged me to get a college degree. Even though I got married and had kids after high school, I never forgot the counsel he gave to me to get an education. I always kept education in the back of my mind. I thank him for instilling that drive in me during my high school years. Today, I have a doctorate degree.

He was hard working, dedicated, patience, optimistic, encouraging. He was a great teacher and mentor to me during very influential years in my life. We laughed and joked a lot too.
Boice Bob I will be nominating Bob Boice along with Jim Lamph. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.
Bowman Scott Mr. Bowman lives in Ashton, but he drives every day to Rexburg to teach in the Madison School District. He has the perfect balance of being loving, but firm with his students. He exposes his students to the guitar and the ukulele in his class. After a full day of teaching fourth graders, he gets in the Drivers Ed car, and puts his life in the hands of 14 year old student drivers. He has taught several of my children, and they all appreciate and respect him.
Call Ron He inspired me to pursue my dream, and he gave me the knowledge to do so. He made High School bearable in the worst times of my life, and was always there for me. He made school fun
Call Ron He’s LIT!
Call Ron He inspired the class and he made the projects and class work very interesting, educational and fun.
Catmull, Arabell She encouraged me to think about what I was reading!
Catmul Arabell She taught throughout High School and followed our class till we graduated. She always made you feel important.
Catmull Arabell I had Mrs. Catmull for four years. I learned how sentences are constructed, how to read analytically, and how to express myself in sensible sentences. My success in higher education was largely due to that training I received from her.
Catmull Arabella I memorized several poems (which I can still recite) she encouraged us to memorize. She had a style which I tried to emulate in my 31 years of teaching to bring out the best in all her students. She had a firm and quiet style, and always had control of her classes. She taught me in 3 or 4 grades, moving on to Ricks College.
Catmull Arabelle We would like to submit the name of Arabel Parkinson Catmull as our outstanding teacher of Madison County. Mrs. Catmull was our English teacher at Madison Junior High, Madison High School and later at Ricks College.
This history was taken from The Rexburg Booklore Club book written by Lowell J. Parkinson and unfortunately Mrs. Catmull died two months before the book was published. Sadly she didn’t get to see that one of her students was listening to her and received great benefit from what she taught.
She was born April 28, 1911, a daughter of Albert Hobbs Parkinson and Ella Eveline Monson. She grew up in Franklin, Idaho, a small town located immediately north of the Utah border. Franklin had the distinction of being the first permanent settlement in Idaho. Each year a celebration was held there on the 15th of June in honor of that distinction. She recalled that she remembered those celebrations vividly.
She was one of eight children who shared the joys of a large family. She was taught and learned the meaning of love, the sharing of work and responsibilities, development and teachings of the gospel, and many values and principles of truth and honesty.
While attending the University of Idaho in Moscow, she met her husband-to-be. Two years later in 1936 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple and they had three daughters: DeAnne Walker, Joan Hansen and Merrie Wood. She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren prior to her death.
Arabel stated that meeting and marrying George Catmull had to be the high point in her life. Their common interests brought them so much happiness and they shared their togetherness. Education, and the pursuit of it was one of their common goals. Involvement in teaching and administration of schools was a focal point in their lives. Mrs. Catmull taught five years before she was married. After her marriage and through the years of taking care of her family, she returned to teaching. She taught in the elementary schools for twelve years, junior high for three, high school for two; and the climax she said was teaching at Ricks College for thirteen years.
She became a member of the Book Lore Club in 1954 because she had a love of books and enjoyed the association with her friends that were members of this club. She tried to improve herself by reading good books.
Catmull Arabel Mrs. Catmull started with our class when we were sophomores at Madison. She pretty much moved with us every year. And she also moved to Ricks College when we went there. I had the privilege of being her student assistant our second year at Ricks and she was an advisor to the LDS club I was in–Kappa Omega. She always cared about her students and I think she had a special place in her heart for Madison’s Class of 1965! I learned so much from her and she was also my friend! (This would only allow 1 school choice but she should be nominated for both Madison High School and Ricks)
Cichos Trent LEGEND. Is the greatest guy and coach that I have ever met in my life. Was great spending my last year with him. He did so much for the golf team and the school. He took so much time out of his life for us and us as the golf team are truly thankful for that.
Dalling Val He took care of me when i broke my collarbone in his PE class.
Dalling Val Coach Dalling became a good friend while he was my football coach in high school, but continued to influence my life for the rest of his life. He was almost bigger than life in my eyes, but when he called me by name and treated me like a friend, I felt I was worth something and always wanted to be my best because of his influence.
David Hinck Instilled in me a love of music and beautiful art, and habits of kindness, practicality and professionalism.
Davis Both Wayne & Bertie Davis. They lived in Hibbard They were both just so kind. She made my shy little 4th grade self to feel important and He made me think!
Davis Wayne He cared
Davis Birdie
Decker Science has always been horrible subject for me but with Mrs. Decker I understood and I felt like I could make sense of the world. She was always so patient, and so willing to help. She had a way of making the lessons apply in a way I had never known before so I personally learned a lot from her.
Decker Shauna Mrs. Decker cares about all her students just not one. she helps you understand the subject clearly. Shauna likes to have fun as well, her perspective is that she does various activity for those who learn differently than others do.
Duque Larry Larry Duque is my tennis coach. Words can’t describe the difference he has made in my life. I can be a very shy person and not really put myself out there. But coach has changed that. I have more friends then I have ever had because of tennis. He has helped me grow to be a better person and tennis player. He always tells us quote” What’s my job as a coach… (we answer back) to love us…What’s your job as a team…(we answer back) to love each other” end quote. The tennis team has become my family. I am so thankful for the coach Duque and all he has done for me!
Durfee Ryan Mr. Durfee was the first teacher that taught me how to love learning.
Durfee Ryan He taught me how to have fun while learning. For example, we learned how a hippopotamus poops whilst learning about the 13 original colonies. He is my favorite teacher I’ve ever had. He worked really hard to make sure we had a fun time AND learned a lot. That year I got a perfect score on the Math ISAT.
Durfee Ryan The best teacher I have ever had is Mr. Durfee. He had blessed my life in many ways. Math has always been a struggle for me. I thought I wasn’t smart, but he fixed that. Mr. Durfee told me that we all have different strengths and it is okay to make mistakes. He sacrificed his time so he could teach me how to have a growth mindset and be positive. He demonstrates a positive attitude by making my classmates and I laugh. This was the best school year of my life because of my teacher, Mr. Durfee. I appreciate him.
Fujimoto Shiro He just simplified math and made it understandable for me. I was in more advanced math then most people in my grade so my math class was full of older kids that I didn’t know. During this time I was kind of struggling to make friends and so I wasn’t a huge fan of going to school. Mr. Fujimoto made me feel welcome and I often spent my mornings before school in his class just talking and getting help with math. He was there for me and helped me want to come to school. It was a big help during that time.
Fujimoto Shiro Mr Fujimoto was instrumental in helping youth learn and enjoy math. He was engaging in class with the students. Being also a coach his classroom approach was similar in coaching students to expand their minds.
Gray Joanne Miss Gray positively impacted thousands of lives during her tenure at Madison High School. Not only did she teach the invaluable skill of typing (even though we didn’t know how vital it was going to be), but she was always a listening ear, a life cheerleader, and a positive role model. I implement the business skills she taught me every single day as I run my own consulting company and work for others. I know I am not alone in my appreciation of Miss Gray.
Green then to Haberlie Frauline Mrs. Green made learning German fun. She was a friend and a teacher.
Grover Wayne I didn’t do well in Mathematics–probably deserved a F grade. But Mr. Grover believed in me, saw that I understood the concepts but couldn’t do well in testing situations, and therefore gave me a C grade because I knew the stuff. Seeing deeper than a score book is what made him a teacher who made a difference in my life.
Haeberle James He gave me a reason to care about history and how it is necessary to be informed in this particular dimension.
Hagge Ryan Mr. Hagge was a great teacher. He continuously taught depth of the subject we were learning. Mr. Hagge also didn’t like the way students were graded, he thought because the school sets Fs at 60% and passing at top 40% the class is up against you. If you get a 0 you should be able to do an assignment and get a 100 to cancel it out but with the current system the 0 is heavier than the 100. That is just one thing that impressed me about his attitude to care for his students. Mr. Hagge was also impressive in other ways, he was a volunteer fire fighter, a father, a great teacher, and a entrepreneur. Mr. Hagge has a very successful life because of all his hard work and it shows in his classroom. he cares that us students learn something worthwhile.
Hansen Rick Mr. Rick Hansen is an extremely talented musician. He has a huge passion for music. He has taught thousands of students in 43 years and blessed countless lives. He has provided Rexburg with an amazing orchestra program.
Hansen Rick Mr. Hansen taught me how to love music. without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. music has helped me express my feelings more, sing better, calm down from anxiety attacks, and so much more. I am very grateful Mr. Hansen has taken the time to help me throughout my Jr High and High School life.
Hansen Rick I started playing cello in fifth grade, and Mr. Hansen gave me motivation to become the best musician I can be. His class helped me develop my musicianship, and I learned new things about music every day. I developed valuable leadership skills by leading the cello section through challenging parts and helping them with other passages. Orchestra is a daily class, and having that opportunity to play my cello so often is a valuable experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. By participating in orchestra, all other facets of my life have improved monumentally because of it.
Hawkins Coach I was on the first team that Coach Hawkins coached at Madison. During my junior and senior years, I played on his basketball teams. Many of the lessons I learned in practices and games from Coach Hawkins have stayed with me over the years. I am now a father of nine children and successful businessman–where I apply many of these same lessons in my life. Thank YOU, Coach Hawkins.
Hawkins Coach 2nd most influential person in my life.
Hinck David Holds students to high expectations and expands their world views through exposure to phenomenal music, trips, and world class directing.
Holman Norman Coach Holman was legendary in coaching sports at Madison. He was my football coach and gave me the opportunity to show that I could qualify as a starter for the team, and had confidence in me throughout all of my football playing years. He was a good friend for the rest of my life.
Holman Garth Mr. Holman was a good friend in and out of the classroom. He taught me how to type–which I use everyday in my life. But he also would play tennis with me after school. He always beat, but it made me feel like he valued me as a person. Someday I hope I can beat him in Heaven!
Holman Norm Coach Holman provided needed mentoring in my athletic endeavors and graciously wrote me a letter of recommendation to help me get into college. He helped me when I needed it most and to this day, I am touched by his interest in my life and his willingness to help me when I needed help.
Holverson Don The guy was a great person and teacher. He never put up with crap and knew how to control the classroom environment.
Ingram Lucas He has tought me about the importance each life is in this world. Every person makes a difference no matter how big or small that person may be. He has also tought me that I can do hard things.
Ingram Lucas Mr. Ingram gave me the cherished gift of understanding the nature of this country and roles of its many men and women. Mr. Ingram loved teaching, learning, and understanding the complexities of history to inspire us to understand what our present has to offer. He taught me how to analyze historical events so I can now understand what happens today in a way I never could have before. I owe, in part, my thirst for greater learning to him and for that I’m very grateful. My entire paradigm shifted into a new way that has blessed my life since.
Jim Lamph I will be nominating Jim Lamph along with Bob Boice. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.
Jones Kevin Through his hard work, AP classes have been integrated into Madison High School, allowing me to get out of several college courses. He made it possible for me to take AP tests regardless of my limitations.
Klassen Bradee I don’t always love school, but he always finds ways to make me pay attention and help me learn in his class
Klassen Bradee Mr. Klassen is an interesting teacher who cares about the subject he teaches and also cares about all different types of students to make them feel valued.
Klingler Steve He taught me to love band and he introduced me to marching band where I met some of my closest friends.
Klingler Steven He made me feel like I had so much potential and it made me want to be a better musician. He was always positive and happy which was awesome! He was always encouraging and loving!
Kunz Belinda Mrs. Kunz taught me to work hard and manage my time. There were almost always assignments to do in class and if you managed your time and worked hard you could finish in class. She showed me how important hard work was.
Kunz Belinda She always helped me to really understand the subject, and she was always so willing to help me. She helped me to really enjoy school, and I knew she’d would always be there if I needed to talk about school or sports or anything else! She was an amazing teacher, and an amazing teacher!!
Lambson Zachary He was very helpful to me when i started to have medical problems. He was willing to help me with anything i needed and he was always very concerned about how i was doing. Mr. Lambson really was one of the only reason i was able to make it through my junior year.
Lambson Zachary Mr Lambson made a difference in my life because he always pushed me to do my best and think for myself. He always made me feel heard and he always told me that my opinion matters and it’s important. Mr. Lambson makes all of his student feel important and he teaches us to be adults who think for themselves. He always reaches out to us students even if they are no longer in his class. He has definitely influenced me and made me love school because I feel important and heard because he cares and he puts a hundred and fifty percent into everything he does.
Leatham Amy She teaches in a way that students understand. If a student doesn’t understand, she will teach it in a different way u til the student can do it on their own. She always knows if one of her students is going through something hard, and makes an effort to help them get through it.
Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham is willing to help her students in any way she can and makes her classroom a welcoming place.
Leatham Amy She was always so nice and happy. She made the class enjoyable and involved everyone
Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham was my teacher on the morning of 9/11 and she helped the class not only learn about what was happening but helped to calm our fears and not feel like we were alone in that terrible day.
LeFevre Mr. Lefevre made a difference in my life because he told me what I needed to hear, even though it was hard. I preferred (and still prefer sometimes) to goof around or “be funny” instead of doing what I should. I was being disruptive and after multiple warnings he took me aside and made a comment about my lack of maturity. Now, I look back on that and try harder to take life seriously and try to judge the time and place for jokes.
Lewies Julie Mrs Lewies was more than a teacher, she was caring and thoughtful and inspiring. She took the time to get to know her students and encouraged us to think for ourselves. I took every class she offered because she made her subjects come to life with a gentle, thoughtful approach. I felt so loved by Mrs Lewies and looked forward to her class everyday no matter what difficulties I might be facing in other aspects of my life. I feel like she broaden my perspective and made me feel important.
Magleby-Wilson Shirlene Shirlene not only taught business, but taught life lessons. She took a special interest in her students and at times was a counselor to each of them. She was also the director of the junior miss program for years and coached hundreds of young women on how to be your best self. Her charm schools taught skills I still use every day. Shirlene will always be remembered by me as an amazing teacher, mentor, role model and friend.
Meyers Stephen Mr. Meyers made sure that class wasn’t just a “shop” class with an easy grade. He involved each student, and taught us principles that would impact our futures. He was friendly to all, fair, and tough when he needed to be. On a extracurricular Student Trip to a district competition, Mr. Meyers ensured all students acted appropriately and were an example to other schools. Thank you Mr. Meyers for making a difference.
Miller Camille She made English not horrible.
Miller Camille She helped me understand grammar better. She made class fun by always doing activities that got you involved. Mrs. Miller made me begin to love reading, she has always been a positive source when it comes to reading.
Miller Camille She taught me to work hard and to love English. Miller showed so much spunk and fun in our class that made it a happy place to learn. She always looked happy to be there and to be with us. I got through that class with an excellent understanding of what was taught and still had fun along the way.
Miller Camille Always knew when it was time to have fun and time to be serious. Learned a lot in her class.
Moon She taught me how to read!
Moon Hilda ( I think) She is the only teacher that I remember that really made me want to learn. She had me reading book after book and I think she had the same effect on the other students. She by far and away was my favorite teacher.
Moore Corey He showed me how to access my talents and use them to my advantage in schooling. I was never good at research reports and I asked if I could write my final project report as a narrative essay. He gave me an adapted list of guidelines of material that would need to be included in the narrative and then gave me free rage to creatively express myself. The project laid the foundations for a novel I later went on to write and am currently beginning to publish.
Morales Art He has taught me and the other baseball players so much not just during high school but before that when he coached our travel team. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and will always care about you and helping make you into the best person you can be.
Mumm Justin The guy is a legend.
North Dan He helped enrich and deepen my understanding for music. He inspired me to portray feelings, emotions, and messages that cannot be expressed in any other way except through music. He taught more than just music though. He taught unity, teamwork, determination, and so many other great skills for band and for life. I cannot thank him enough!
North Dan There is too much to put into words. Suffice it to say that I might not be here if it wasn’t for him.
North Dan He taught me that there’s always room for improvement in everything you do. He taught me to connect to the songs to deliver it to the audience. He’s one of my greatest hero’s.
North Dan He taught me to view the world and connect with those around me, and to work hard.
North Dan Discipline, excellence, confidence, acceptance. Also puns and bad jokes.
North Dan He was always willing to listen to me and help me with any problems I had. He was never too busy to talk to me or help me. He was like another dad to me and just helped me feel worthwhile!
North Dan
Nykamp Brittany She actually made math enjoyable, and you can tell by the way she teaches that she loves what she does.
Nykamp Mrs. Nykamp is an outstanding teacher. She has an amazing talent to teach math to her students in a way that helps them understand it and love it. Not only that, she is always so kind to her students. I honestly don’t know how she does it, but all of her classes give her respect from the first day. I suspect it’s because the students can feel how she cares for them so they return that feeling. Overall, she is an amazing teacher that has motivated me to be like her: kind, compassionate, and loving. Thank you Mrs. Nykamp for all you do.
Palmer Gene I just remember him being fun and making science interesting. AND…. we got to dissect worms and frogs!.
Palmer Gene Mr. Palmer helped me enjoy studying Chemistry. That interest led me to considering a major in Chemistry in College. He endured teaching our class in spite of suffering a serious injury and the necessary rehabilitation from surgery. He continued to befriend me and encourage me long after my high school graduation.
Palmer Gene I loved his Biology class as a Jr. One day I asked him what careers you could launch with Biology. He suggested I look into Medical Technology. I did and went for it. He was funny and a good friend to all. His love of skiing also rubbed off on a lot of us!
Pancheri Matt Talked me up to ISU and got me a full ride
Pancherri Matt He taught me to be positive and helped me with my sport.
Parker Paul Paul Parker made a difference because you always told me that I could do anything I set my mind too. When I would struggle with aspects of the language, he would remind me of what I did know and then help me understand the new concept. Profe Parker cared about me as a person and would let my sarcasm be part of the class, which relieved a lot of stress because I could simply be myself. Paul Parker knew Spanish like the back of his hand and really challenged his students by enveloping them in the language. I learned so much about the Spanish language and what a good teacher should be like by the example of Prof. Parker.
Parkinson Bradley Mr Parkinson changed my life by volunteering to coach the club tennis team. He allowed me to learn on the fly as a freshman and as a result I played in the state tournament 3 times. I know his influence was felt many years after I graduated in 1994 as the tennis complex came to life in the future. Thanks Brad for teaching me a lifetime game.
Parkinson Marie I learned an appreciation for living a healthy lifestyle which I have maintained for the 30 years since. I learned about the importance of health and exercise and the benefits of staying healthy and active. I exercise daily and eat healthy and it has kept me in perfect shape and mentally strong.
Parkinson Gary I was so lucky to have Gary Parkinson as a basketball coach in High School. He taught us that even though we are on the basketball court we should still act like a woman. We were taught to dress modestly and play with class. He knew the game of basketball and was able to use the different talents on the team to make the best team possible, as a result winning a handful of State Championships.
Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips reached out to every student and made every person in the class feel important.
Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips made a difference in my life because he was not only a great teacher, but an amazing friend. He also taught me more than just the school curriculum, he taught me life lessons.
Phillips Travis His Anat. and Phys. class was my favorite class throughout high school. I have never enjoyed learning about a subject in school so much. he knows his stuff.
Pitsenbarger David He didn’t just teach the lessons, he taught us about life. How not to remake the same decisions, mistakes as made in past.
pittsenbarger He connected with all of his students and he made the effort to get to know you:)
Prescott Larry (Mr. Prescott passed away October 29, 2017)
Prescott,
I remember my sophomore year you were just the photo teacher that sold pop in his room. Then when you became the yearbook advisor, my junior year, you taught me so many things about others and myself. You taught me how to see a picture differently, but more importantly you showed me how to see people differently. You tried to show me how to love people and be kind to them no matter how they acted or how you perceived them. You always cared about each one of your students. Your room was a safe place for students to come and be themselves.
As a yearbook advisor, you encouraged us to tell our story. You wanted to make sure that every one’s voices were heard. At yearbook camp, in the summer of 2016 when we started work on the 2017 yearbook, you wanted to make sure the yearbook focused on everyday moments and how we only have NOW. You had full faith in us, to make the book ours, but we always knew that you were there for us.
Thank you for teaching me how to take a picture and design a spread, but most importantly how to be a good person. Thank you for supporting me and being my friend and mentor. You had a great influence on my life. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. You will never be forgotten.

 

 

Reese Darla Mrs. Reese was an amazing teacher who truly cared about her students and helped them learn. I remember loving her science activities and making my own books in her class. She really helped me to love learning! I will always remember her kindness and her zest for life and learning!
Reeser David Mr. Reeser helped me develop a love for human rights and how to recognize when they are being taken advantage of.
Reeser David He was enthusiastic about the classes, which made you love them too. He showed me the things that really matter in this life and how we can be active citizens in changing the world.
Reeser David He was passionate about what he taught us, and I knew it was important to him, so it became important to me.
Reeser Dave Mr. Reeser was by far my favorite teacher of all my time in school. He never failed to make our class laugh, but he also really encouraged and helped in progressing my passion for politics. He is so intelligent and definitely one of the finest teachers at Madison High School. He always made government fun, which is a feat not many are successful at. He has made an influence in my life and I’m forever grateful to him.
Reeser David Mr. Reeser instilled in me a love of learning and a sense of duty to use my education to help others. His Holocaust class helped me understand the course of history and how to recognize when I need to stand up for others. Through his love of learning and desire to help others find that love as well, he encouraged me to grow and expand my knowledge so I could traverse this world knowing how to help others. He taught me how to guard myself against intolerance and recognize the complexity of government but also its potential for the benefit of those less fortunate than I. Through this, I have become more analytical and knowledgeable about my place in society and the role I can play with the responsibility I take.
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was a friend and authentic personality–as well as an excellent teacher. He helped us loved his subject matter and supported us as the adviser to the Arsto-Vers Club–the men’s service club.
Ricks Rylan He showed me that any subject can be fun if you are willing to learn and approach it the right way. He made me feel like I could do any math problem.
Ricks his wife babysat me when i was a child, and his kindness really helped me in more ways than one during the few years that I studied under him
Ricks Rylan He was always very friendly and nice. He wanted to help us learn. He noticed if we didn’t seem to be okay. He cared about his students.
Ricks Mr. From dancing on the desks to sharing orange sticks, Mr. Ricks made math seem anything but boring. Because of him, I am a high school math teacher, though I don’t dance on my desk ;]
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was one of my favorite teachers–he became a friend and an exciting teacher through his passion for Orange Sticks, his adviser role over the Aristo Vers, and his sparking an interest in science in me that lingered for years and years. He was a role model and friend in and out of the classroom.
Robison Perry
Ryan Snelgrove Snelgrove helped me develop a understanding of all the students that go to our school. He is the best teacher ever!
Smith Karen Karen Smith was one of my most beloved teachers because she made learning come alive for me. She had a great love for her students and made each one feel important. Elementary school teachers have a very thankless job, but I will always remember her cheerful attitude and fun way of teaching.
Snelgrove Ryan He has such a great style of teaching that really sinks down and leaves a really strong impression that lasts. He is very involved and does a very great job of following through with what he promises to do.
Snelgrove Ryan He makes me feel intelligent in his class, his class is fun but also educational. AP Lit has been a blast with his understand of my problems that arise frequently.
Snelgrove Ryan This teacher has taught me so much in every class that I have had with him. He is funny and smart and works hard to provide an ideal learning environment for his class.
Snelgrove Ryan I got sick one year, sick enough that I was worried about what my future would look like, and whether or not I would have one at all. Mr. Snelgrove helped me feel welcome when others wouldn’t, and I’m so grateful that he did because without him I don’t know where or if I would be here today.
Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove made a significant impact on my life when I first started high school. His charisma and enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches has transferred to me and many of the other students in his classes. Snelgrove taught me how to appreciate and analyze literature, and eventually gave me the tools to create works on my own.
Snelgrove Ryan One of the things that stands out the most in my mind is when he had a student teacher. The student teacher was really difficult to get along with and was my least favorite teacher I have ever had. Mr. Snelgrove was able to work with this difficult situation masterfully. He treated the student teacher with respect and was able to clarify and teach us in a way that did not make the student teacher feel like an idiot. Mr. Snelgrove also showed that student teacher how to teach without coming out and saying how awful they were. It was a great lesson to me to see this skillful demonstration of working with people that we do not always see eye to eye with. I now have a better understanding, not only of the English concepts we learned, but how to work with others. Thanks to Mr. Snelgrove
Snelgrove Ryan Is one of the funniest teachers I have ever had. Always made class fun, but made sure that you learned something.
Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove helped me understand and cherish literature. He also taught me how I can analyze and write in a cohesive and powerful way. His enthusiasm and wisdom helped me grow in my education. I’m indebted to what he taught me because it helped me choose what to pursue in College and where to go with my life. I love to read and write due to his influence and I’m very grateful for the path he sent me on.
Terry Coach Created curiosity into civic affairs and also remained a great example of fitness.
Thomason Bonnie I learned so many things from Mrs. Thomason 🙂 She taught me to love learning, how to be organized, and to be confident in my abilities. Most importantly, Mrs. Thomason taught and lived by the motto “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” It’s been nearly 15 years since I sat in Mrs. Thomason’s classroom, but this lesson that still influences my daily life. Knowing that the challenges or triumphs I face in my life mean nothing if I am not a good and kind person, motivates me to be a harder worker, a more loyal friend, and a better version of myself. Thank you Mrs. T!
Walters Jennifer She came into the program in a really tough spot. Our previous teacher, Larry Prescott, passed away very suddenly. Yet she came in with a smile every day even though we were stubborn students and didn’t want to learn anything after such a tragic situation. I know she helped me get on my feet again and relight my love for photography. She even helped me figure out what I want to do in the future. She truly is an amazing teacher.
Wilcox Judy This was the year my parents got a divorce and Mrs. Wilcox was there for me. Since my mom had left, she stepped up and helped me with things that normally a mother would. I felt like she kind of took me under her wing! I also remember her sticking up for me wheb kids were teasing me about something. She made me feel loved during a rather tough year!!
Wilde Mrs. First grade seems like forever ago for me but Mrs Wilde has continued to affect my life even now that I’m finishing my junior year. I always loved her class and the way she taught. She’s loving and fun, but also kept us in line. Her class was so fun, we learned about how to tell if a chicken egg is fertilized and we even hatched chicks and took care of them. We also raised butterflies that we set free in the spring. Such a great teacher!
Wilson George There for his students not just during class. He made learning fun and really got to know us
Wolfe Laurene She taught more than just the class. She taught life lessons and a different view on the world. I love her
Woolf Laurene She made me feel like government is something I can not only understand, I can make a difference in it.
Woolf Laurene She taught me more about the world I live in but also made it fun for me.
Woolf Laurene She instilled confidence in me! I played sports with her son for years but she gave me more than athletic encouragement she made learning fun and she was always ultra-prepared and engaging! She helped me realize that I was plenty smart for law school (which I later completed by the way!!)

 

Madison School District

Bair He was just a teacher that was very helpful in teaching life skills and what not.

Bair Jason He was really good with everyone in his class

Baker Marilyn Made me feel so important. Loved her. She gave me so much confidence.

Barton David Mr. B taught me how to listen to others and be humble. I’ll always remember a few phrases that he said: “Don’t ever deliberately make a mistake” and “Talk softly and carry a big stick. He is the reason I came to love writing music and he encouraged me by challenging me to write a piece for band. By now I have written two that have been performed and will be conducting another. He no longer works at the school district but I have continued to apply the lessons he taught me years ago in band.

Barton Hal He stood up for us, or at least didn’t kill us, when some of the class of 1965 painted the big R on the Menan Butte to look like SR ’65 3 days before graduation.

Barton Hall Mr. Barton motivated and inspired and taught music to many and was always glad to reminisce over the years.

Barton Hal Hal Barton was my inspiration to learn instrumental music and to teach music. Here I am teaching music lessons 60 years after I first picked up the trombone. He got me through my first trombone solo and was there when I did a trumpet solo for a tv show. He got me started on saxophone and helped me with sheet music for our dance band in high school. He inspired me to say, that’s what I want to do for my profession.

Barton Colleen Mrs. Barton taught me how to think; how to analyze; how to discuss; delve into the depths of reading; and write a killer essay. I have used these skills every day of my life since. She was demanding but had a very quick wit and a sly sense of humor. I looked forward to her class every day.

Barzee Ellen Mrs. Barzee not only taught me lasting lessons, but she also inspired in me a set of morals and values that have determined the course of my life. She was an great example of right and wrong to my highly impressionable mind. Also she showed me how fun learning can be. This has been a huge blessing in my life. Mrs. Barzee was a wonderful Kindergarden teacher, and I’ll forever be grateful for her great kindness.

Barzee Ellen I moved to Idaho during Kindergarten and attended Union Lyman Elementary. Mrs. Barzee always made me feel important. She loved me and helped me find my strengths. She was calm and reassuring. I became a teacher because of Ellen and currently teach in the Madison School District.

Benson Bruce He coached me through three years of speech and debate. Mr. Benson helped me to improve my skills when it came to public speaking, communications, and argumentation. He really has helped me not only to find out what skills I have, but what I can do to further advance them.

Benson Bruce Mr. Benson has enabled me to grow through facilitating the MHS Debate team. Without his hard work and dedication, many students, myself included, would never have the opportunity to learn the communication and argumentative skills that debate provides.

Benson Bruce Mr. Benson’s devotion to his students and their success is inspiring. He helped me become a better leader and debater by giving me opportunities to learn. He was always willing to help and he did everything he could to give everyone a fair opportunity. His dedication taught me what it meant to be a true leader and helped me become a better person.

Berry Preston Self- discipline and encouragement.

Bigler Lenore Mrs Bigler showed me that writing can be fun and that I could do it. She encouraged creative thinking. She loved her subject and instilled that love in me, too.

Bigler Mrs. I was able to work in the library with Mrs. Bigler, and she was very kind and dedicated. She would send us on errands, knowing that she could trust us to do just what she needed done. She was over the school newspaper, and she taught us how to format that and was very patient with us.

Bigler Lenore She cared so very much about her students. She taught us to feel worthwhile and value the individual that we are. We always felt good being around her.

Bigler Norvil Mr. Bigler was one of a kind! He was smart, funny and to some a little scary. I enjoyed his class immensely. One of my memories is getting to read the role of Lady Macbeth as we studied Macbeth. He loved Shakespeare and taught it well!!
BIGLER CAN REMEMBER BOTH THE BIGLERS MADE ME AWARE THAT I WAS NOT DUMB BUT AHAD A LD PROBLEM.

Blaser Roland Mr. Blaser communicated effectively and explained Trigonometry in a very understandable way. He was friendly and always respectful. My interactions with him both in High School and for many years after were always motivating and encouraging. I wanted to be a better person because of his example.

Boice Robert Mr. Boice was very influential on me especially related to continuing my education. He encouraged me to get a college degree. Even though I got married and had kids after high school, I never forgot the counsel he gave to me to get an education. I always kept education in the back of my mind. I thank him for instilling that drive in me during my high school years. Today, I have a doctorate degree.

He was hard working, dedicated, patience, optimistic, encouraging. He was a great teacher and mentor to me during very influential years in my life. We laughed and joked a lot too.

Boice Bob I will be nominating Bob Boice along with Jim Lamph. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.

Bowman Scott Mr. Bowman lives in Ashton, but he drives every day to Rexburg to teach in the Madison School District. He has the perfect balance of being loving, but firm with his students. He exposes his students to the guitar and the ukulele in his class. After a full day of teaching fourth graders, he gets in the Drivers Ed car, and puts his life in the hands of 14 year old student drivers. He has taught several of my children, and they all appreciate and respect him.
Call Ron He inspired me to pursue my dream, and he gave me the knowledge to do so. He made High School bearable in the worst times of my life, and was always there for me. He made school fun.

Call Ron He’s LIT!

Call Ron He inspired the class and he made the projects and class work very interesting, educational and fun.

Catmull, Arabell She encouraged me to think about what I was reading!

Catmul Arabell She taught throughout High School and followed our class till we graduated. She always made you feel important.

Catmull Arabell I had Mrs. Catmull for four years. I learned how sentences are constructed, how to read analytically, and how to express myself in sensible sentences. My success in higher education was largely due to that training I received from her.

Catmull Arabella I memorized several poems (which I can still recite) she encouraged us to memorize. She had a style which I tried to emulate in my 31 years of teaching to bring out the best in all her students. She had a firm and quiet style, and always had control of her classes. She taught me in 3 or 4 grades, moving on to Ricks College.

Catmull Arabelle We would like to submit the name of Arabel Parkinson Catmull as our outstanding teacher of Madison County. Mrs. Catmull was our English teacher at Madison Junior High, Madison High School and later at Ricks College.
This history was taken from The Rexburg Booklore Club book written by Lowell J. Parkinson and unfortunately Mrs. Catmull died two months before the book was published. Sadly she didn’t get to see that one of her students was listening to her and received great benefit from what she taught.
She was born April 28, 1911, a daughter of Albert Hobbs Parkinson and Ella Eveline Monson. She grew up in Franklin, Idaho, a small town located immediately north of the Utah border. Franklin had the distinction of being the first permanent settlement in Idaho. Each year a celebration was held there on the 15th of June in honor of that distinction. She recalled that she remembered those celebrations vividly.
She was one of eight children who shared the joys of a large family. She was taught and learned the meaning of love, the sharing of work and responsibilities, development and teachings of the gospel, and many values and principles of truth and honesty.
While attending the University of Idaho in Moscow, she met her husband-to-be. Two years later in 1936 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple and they had three daughters: DeAnne Walker, Joan Hansen and Merrie Wood. She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren prior to her death.
Arabel stated that meeting and marrying George Catmull had to be the high point in her life. Their common interests brought them so much happiness and they shared their togetherness. Education, and the pursuit of it was one of their common goals. Involvement in teaching and administration of schools was a focal point in their lives. Mrs. Catmull taught five years before she was married. After her marriage and through the years of taking care of her family, she returned to teaching. She taught in the elementary schools for twelve years, junior high for three, high school for two; and the climax she said was teaching at Ricks College for thirteen years.
She became a member of the Book Lore Club in 1954 because she had a love of books and enjoyed the association with her friends that were members of this club. She tried to improve herself by reading good books.

Catmull Arabel Mrs. Catmull started with our class when we were sophomores at Madison. She pretty much moved with us every year. And she also moved to Ricks College when we went there. I had the privilege of being her student assistant our second year at Ricks and she was an advisor to the LDS club I was in–Kappa Omega. She always cared about her students and I think she had a special place in her heart for Madison’s Class of 1965! I learned so much from her and she was also my friend! (This would only allow 1 school choice but she should be nominated for both Madison High School and Ricks)

Cichos Trent LEGEND. Is the greatest guy and coach that I have ever met in my life. Was great spending my last year with him. He did so much for the golf team and the school. He took so much time out of his life for us and us as the golf team are truly thankful for that.
Dalling Val He took care of me when i broke my collarbone in his PE class.

Dalling Val Coach Dalling became a good friend while he was my football coach in high school, but continued to influence my life for the rest of his life. He was almost bigger than life in my eyes, but when he called me by name and treated me like a friend, I felt I was worth something and always wanted to be my best because of his influence.

David Hinck Instilled in me a love of music and beautiful art, and habits of kindness, practicality and professionalism.

Davis Both Wayne & Bertie Davis. They lived in Hibbard They were both just so kind. She made my shy little 4th grade self to feel important and He made me think!

Davis Wayne He cared.

Davis Birdie

Decker Science has always been horrible subject for me but with Mrs. Decker I understood and I felt like I could make sense of the world. She was always so patient, and so willing to help. She had a way of making the lessons apply in a way I had never known before so I personally learned a lot from her.

Decker Shauna Mrs. Decker cares about all her students just not one. she helps you understand the subject clearly. Shauna likes to have fun as well, her perspective is that she does various activity for those who learn differently than others do.

Duque Larry Larry Duque is my tennis coach. Words can’t describe the difference he has made in my life. I can be a very shy person and not really put myself out there. But coach has changed that. I have more friends then I have ever had because of tennis. He has helped me grow to be a better person and tennis player. He always tells us quote” What’s my job as a coach… (we answer back) to love us…What’s your job as a team…(we answer back) to love each other” end quote. The tennis team has become my family. I am so thankful for the coach Duque and all he has done for me!

Durfee Ryan Mr. Durfee was the first teacher that taught me how to love learning.

Durfee Ryan He taught me how to have fun while learning. For example, we learned how a hippopotamus poops whilst learning about the 13 original colonies. He is my favorite teacher I’ve ever had. He worked really hard to make sure we had a fun time AND learned a lot. That year I got a perfect score on the Math ISAT.

Durfee Ryan The best teacher I have ever had is Mr. Durfee. He had blessed my life in many ways. Math has always been a struggle for me. I thought I wasn’t smart, but he fixed that. Mr. Durfee told me that we all have different strengths and it is okay to make mistakes. He sacrificed his time so he could teach me how to have a growth mindset and be positive. He demonstrates a positive attitude by making my classmates and I laugh. This was the best school year of my life because of my teacher, Mr. Durfee. I appreciate him.

Fujimoto Shiro He just simplified math and made it understandable for me. I was in more advanced math then most people in my grade so my math class was full of older kids that I didn’t know. During this time I was kind of struggling to make friends and so I wasn’t a huge fan of going to school. Mr. Fujimoto made me feel welcome and I often spent my mornings before school in his class just talking and getting help with math. He was there for me and helped me want to come to school. It was a big help during that time.

Fujimoto Shiro Mr Fujimoto was instrumental in helping youth learn and enjoy math. He was engaging in class with the students. Being also a coach his classroom approach was similar in coaching students to expand their minds.

Gray Joanne Miss Gray positively impacted thousands of lives during her tenure at Madison High School. Not only did she teach the invaluable skill of typing (even though we didn’t know how vital it was going to be), but she was always a listening ear, a life cheerleader, and a positive role model. I implement the business skills she taught me every single day as I run my own consulting company and work for others. I know I am not alone in my appreciation of Miss Gray.

Green then to Haberlie Frauline Mrs. Green made learning German fun. She was a friend and a teacher.

Grover Wayne I didn’t do well in Mathematics–probably deserved a F grade. But Mr. Grover believed in me, saw that I understood the concepts but couldn’t do well in testing situations, and therefore gave me a C grade because I knew the stuff. Seeing deeper than a score book is what made him a teacher who made a difference in my life.

Haeberle James He gave me a reason to care about history and how it is necessary to be informed in this particular dimension.

Hagge Ryan Mr. Hagge was a great teacher. He continuously taught depth of the subject we were learning. Mr. Hagge also didn’t like the way students were graded, he thought because the school sets Fs at 60% and passing at top 40% the class is up against you. If you get a 0 you should be able to do an assignment and get a 100 to cancel it out but with the current system the 0 is heavier than the 100. That is just one thing that impressed me about his attitude to care for his students. Mr. Hagge was also impressive in other ways, he was a volunteer fire fighter, a father, a great teacher, and a entrepreneur. Mr. Hagge has a very successful life because of all his hard work and it shows in his classroom. he cares that us students learn something worthwhile.

Hansen Rick Mr. Rick Hansen is an extremely talented musician. He has a huge passion for music. He has taught thousands of students in 43 years and blessed countless lives. He has provided Rexburg with an amazing orchestra program.

Hansen Rick Mr. Hansen taught me how to love music. without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. music has helped me express my feelings more, sing better, calm down from anxiety attacks, and so much more. I am very grateful Mr. Hansen has taken the time to help me throughout my Jr High and High School life.

Hansen Rick I started playing cello in fifth grade, and Mr. Hansen gave me motivation to become the best musician I can be. His class helped me develop my musicianship, and I learned new things about music every day. I developed valuable leadership skills by leading the cello section through challenging parts and helping them with other passages. Orchestra is a daily class, and having that opportunity to play my cello so often is a valuable experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. By participating in orchestra, all other facets of my life have improved monumentally because of it.

Hawkins Coach I was on the first team that Coach Hawkins coached at Madison. During my junior and senior years, I played on his basketball teams. Many of the lessons I learned in practices and games from Coach Hawkins have stayed with me over the years. I am now a father of nine children and successful businessman–where I apply many of these same lessons in my life. Thank YOU, Coach Hawkins.

Hawkins Coach 2nd most influential person in my life.

Hinck David Holds students to high expectations and expands their world views through exposure to phenomenal music, trips, and world class directing.

Holman Norman Coach Holman was legendary in coaching sports at Madison. He was my football coach and gave me the opportunity to show that I could qualify as a starter for the team, and had confidence in me throughout all of my football playing years. He was a good friend for the rest of my life.

Holman Garth Mr. Holman was a good friend in and out of the classroom. He taught me how to type–which I use everyday in my life. But he also would play tennis with me after school. He always beat, but it made me feel like he valued me as a person. Someday I hope I can beat him in Heaven!

Holman Norm Coach Holman provided needed mentoring in my athletic endeavors and graciously wrote me a letter of recommendation to help me get into college. He helped me when I needed it most and to this day, I am touched by his interest in my life and his willingness to help me when I needed help.

Holverson Don The guy was a great person and teacher. He never put up with crap and knew how to control the classroom environment.

Ingram Lucas He has tought me about the importance each life is in this world. Every person makes a difference no matter how big or small that person may be. He has also tought me that I can do hard things.

Ingram Lucas Mr. Ingram gave me the cherished gift of understanding the nature of this country and roles of its many men and women. Mr. Ingram loved teaching, learning, and understanding the complexities of history to inspire us to understand what our present has to offer. He taught me how to analyze historical events so I can now understand what happens today in a way I never could have before. I owe, in part, my thirst for greater learning to him and for that I’m very grateful. My entire paradigm shifted into a new way that has blessed my life since.

Jim Lamph I will be nominating Jim Lamph along with Bob Boice. They were the best coaching team you will ever see. They taught me so much more than how to play volleyball. They taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and how to push myself farther than I thought possible. They took the quiet, tall, gangly young woman that I was, and set me off into the world with confidence. They gave, endless, unpaid hours to help train, teach, and coach their teams. They were examples on and off the court. I see them today and walk a little taller, and want to be a little better.

Jones Kevin Through his hard work, AP classes have been integrated into Madison High School, allowing me to get out of several college courses. He made it possible for me to take AP tests regardless of my limitations.

Klassen Bradee I don’t always love school, but he always finds ways to make me pay attention and help me learn in his class.

Klassen Bradee Mr. Klassen is an interesting teacher who cares about the subject he teaches and also cares about all different types of students to make them feel valued.

Klingler Steve He taught me to love band and he introduced me to marching band where I met some of my closest friends.

Klingler Steven He made me feel like I had so much potential and it made me want to be a better musician. He was always positive and happy which was awesome! He was always encouraging and loving!

Kunz Belinda Mrs. Kunz taught me to work hard and manage my time. There were almost always assignments to do in class and if you managed your time and worked hard you could finish in class. She showed me how important hard work was.

Kunz Belinda She always helped me to really understand the subject, and she was always so willing to help me. She helped me to really enjoy school, and I knew she’d would always be there if I needed to talk about school or sports or anything else! She was an amazing teacher, and an amazing teacher!!

Lambson Zachary He was very helpful to me when i started to have medical problems. He was willing to help me with anything i needed and he was always very concerned about how i was doing. Mr. Lambson really was one of the only reason i was able to make it through my junior year.

Lambson Zachary Mr Lambson made a difference in my life because he always pushed me to do my best and think for myself. He always made me feel heard and he always told me that my opinion matters and it’s important. Mr. Lambson makes all of his student feel important and he teaches us to be adults who think for themselves. He always reaches out to us students even if they are no longer in his class. He has definitely influenced me and made me love school because I feel important and heard because he cares and he puts a hundred and fifty percent into everything he does.

Leatham Amy She teaches in a way that students understand. If a student doesn’t understand, she will teach it in a different way u til the student can do it on their own. She always knows if one of her students is going through something hard, and makes an effort to help them get through it.

Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham is willing to help her students in any way she can and makes her classroom a welcoming place.

Leatham Amy She was always so nice and happy. She made the class enjoyable and involved everyone.

Leatham Amy Mrs. Leatham was my teacher on the morning of 9/11 and she helped the class not only learn about what was happening but helped to calm our fears and not feel like we were alone in that terrible day.

LeFevre Mr. Lefevre made a difference in my life because he told me what I needed to hear, even though it was hard. I preferred (and still prefer sometimes) to goof around or “be funny” instead of doing what I should. I was being disruptive and after multiple warnings he took me aside and made a comment about my lack of maturity. Now, I look back on that and try harder to take life seriously and try to judge the time and place for jokes.

Lewies Julie Mrs Lewies was more than a teacher, she was caring and thoughtful and inspiring. She took the time to get to know her students and encouraged us to think for ourselves. I took every class she offered because she made her subjects come to life with a gentle, thoughtful approach. I felt so loved by Mrs Lewies and looked forward to her class everyday no matter what difficulties I might be facing in other aspects of my life. I feel like she broaden my perspective and made me feel important.

Magleby-Wilson Shirlene Shirlene not only taught business, but taught life lessons. She took a special interest in her students and at times was a counselor to each of them. She was also the director of the junior miss program for years and coached hundreds of young women on how to be your best self. Her charm schools taught skills I still use every day. Shirlene will always be remembered by me as an amazing teacher, mentor, role model and friend.
Meyers Stephen Mr. Meyers made sure that class wasn’t just a “shop” class with an easy grade. He involved each student, and taught us principles that would impact our futures. He was friendly to all, fair, and tough when he needed to be. On a extracurricular Student Trip to a district competition, Mr. Meyers ensured all students acted appropriately and were an example to other schools. Thank you Mr. Meyers for making a difference.

Miller Camille She made English not horrible.

Miller Camille She helped me understand grammar better. She made class fun by always doing activities that got you involved. Mrs. Miller made me begin to love reading, she has always been a positive source when it comes to reading.

Miller Camille She taught me to work hard and to love English. Miller showed so much spunk and fun in our class that made it a happy place to learn. She always looked happy to be there and to be with us. I got through that class with an excellent understanding of what was taught and still had fun along the way.

Miller Camille Always knew when it was time to have fun and time to be serious. Learned a lot in her class.

Moon She taught me how to read!

Moon Hilda ( I think) She is the only teacher that I remember that really made me want to learn. She had me reading book after book and I think she had the same effect on the other students. She by far and away was my favorite teacher.

Moore Corey He showed me how to access my talents and use them to my advantage in schooling. I was never good at research reports and I asked if I could write my final project report as a narrative essay. He gave me an adapted list of guidelines of material that would need to be included in the narrative and then gave me free rage to creatively express myself. The project laid the foundations for a novel I later went on to write and am currently beginning to publish.

Morales Art He has taught me and the other baseball players so much not just during high school but before that when he coached our travel team. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and will always care about you and helping make you into the best person you can be.

Mumm Justin The guy is a legend.

North Dan He helped enrich and deepen my understanding for music. He inspired me to portray feelings, emotions, and messages that cannot be expressed in any other way except through music. He taught more than just music though. He taught unity, teamwork, determination, and so many other great skills for band and for life. I cannot thank him enough!

North Dan There is too much to put into words. Suffice it to say that I might not be here if it wasn’t for him.

North Dan He taught me that there’s always room for improvement in everything you do. He taught me to connect to the songs to deliver it to the audience. He’s one of my greatest hero’s.

North Dan He taught me to view the world and connect with those around me, and to work hard.

North Dan Discipline, excellence, confidence, acceptance. Also puns and bad jokes.
North Dan He was always willing to listen to me and help me with any problems I had. He was never too busy to talk to me or help me. He was like another dad to me and just helped me feel worthwhile!

North Dan

Nykamp Brittany She actually made math enjoyable, and you can tell by the way she teaches that she loves what she does.

Nykamp Mrs. Nykamp is an outstanding teacher. She has an amazing talent to teach math to her students in a way that helps them understand it and love it. Not only that, she is always so kind to her students. I honestly don’t know how she does it, but all of her classes give her respect from the first day. I suspect it’s because the students can feel how she cares for them so they return that feeling. Overall, she is an amazing teacher that has motivated me to be like her: kind, compassionate, and loving. Thank you Mrs. Nykamp for all you do.
Palmer Gene I just remember him being fun and making science interesting. AND…. we got to dissect worms and frogs!.

Palmer Gene Mr. Palmer helped me enjoy studying Chemistry. That interest led me to considering a major in Chemistry in College. He endured teaching our class in spite of suffering a serious injury and the necessary rehabilitation from surgery. He continued to befriend me and encourage me long after my high school graduation.

Palmer Gene I loved his Biology class as a Jr. One day I asked him what careers you could launch with Biology. He suggested I look into Medical Technology. I did and went for it. He was funny and a good friend to all. His love of skiing also rubbed off on a lot of us!

Pancheri Matt Talked me up to ISU and got me a full ride

Pancherri Matt He taught me to be positive and helped me with my sport.

Parker Paul Paul Parker made a difference because you always told me that I could do anything I set my mind too. When I would struggle with aspects of the language, he would remind me of what I did know and then help me understand the new concept. Profe Parker cared about me as a person and would let my sarcasm be part of the class, which relieved a lot of stress because I could simply be myself. Paul Parker knew Spanish like the back of his hand and really challenged his students by enveloping them in the language. I learned so much about the Spanish language and what a good teacher should be like by the example of Prof. Parker.

Parkinson Bradley Mr Parkinson changed my life by volunteering to coach the club tennis team. He allowed me to learn on the fly as a freshman and as a result I played in the state tournament 3 times. I know his influence was felt many years after I graduated in 1994 as the tennis complex came to life in the future. Thanks Brad for teaching me a lifetime game.
Parkinson Marie I learned an appreciation for living a healthy lifestyle which I have maintained for the 30 years since. I learned about the importance of health and exercise and the benefits of staying healthy and active. I exercise daily and eat healthy and it has kept me in perfect shape and mentally strong.

Parkinson Gary I was so lucky to have Gary Parkinson as a basketball coach in High School. He taught us that even though we are on the basketball court we should still act like a woman. We were taught to dress modestly and play with class. He knew the game of basketball and was able to use the different talents on the team to make the best team possible, as a result winning a handful of State Championships.

Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips reached out to every student and made every person in the class feel important.

Phillips Travis Mr. Phillips made a difference in my life because he was not only a great teacher, but an amazing friend. He also taught me more than just the school curriculum, he taught me life lessons.

Phillips Travis His Anat. and Phys. class was my favorite class throughout high school. I have never enjoyed learning about a subject in school so much. he knows his stuff.

Pitsenbarger David He didn’t just teach the lessons, he taught us about life. How not to remake the same decisions, mistakes as made in past.

Pittsenbarger He connected with all of his students and he made the effort to get to know you:)

Prescott Larry (Mr. Prescott passed away October 29, 2017)
Prescott,   I remember my sophomore year you were just the photo teacher that sold pop in his room. Then when you became the yearbook advisor, my junior year, you taught me so many things about others and myself. You taught me how to see a picture differently, but more importantly you showed me how to see people differently. You tried to show me how to love people and be kind to them no matter how they acted or how you perceived them. You always cared about each one of your students. Your room was a safe place for students to come and be themselves.
As a yearbook advisor, you encouraged us to tell our story. You wanted to make sure that every one’s voices were heard. At yearbook camp, in the summer of 2016 when we started work on the 2017 yearbook, you wanted to make sure the yearbook focused on everyday moments and how we only have NOW. You had full faith in us, to make the book ours, but we always knew that you were there for us.
Thank you for teaching me how to take a picture and design a spread, but most importantly how to be a good person. Thank you for supporting me and being my friend and mentor. You had a great influence on my life. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. You will never be forgotten.

Reese Darla Mrs. Reese was an amazing teacher who truly cared about her students and helped them learn. I remember loving her science activities and making my own books in her class. She really helped me to love learning! I will always remember her kindness and her zest for life and learning!

Reeser David Mr. Reeser helped me develop a love for human rights and how to recognize when they are being taken advantage of.

Reeser David He was enthusiastic about the classes, which made you love them too. He showed me the things that really matter in this life and how we can be active citizens in changing the world.

Reeser David He was passionate about what he taught us, and I knew it was important to him, so it became important to me.

Reeser Dave Mr. Reeser was by far my favorite teacher of all my time in school. He never failed to make our class laugh, but he also really encouraged and helped in progressing my passion for politics. He is so intelligent and definitely one of the finest teachers at Madison High School. He always made government fun, which is a feat not many are successful at. He has made an influence in my life and I’m forever grateful to him.

Reeser David Mr. Reeser instilled in me a love of learning and a sense of duty to use my education to help others. His Holocaust class helped me understand the course of history and how to recognize when I need to stand up for others. Through his love of learning and desire to help others find that love as well, he encouraged me to grow and expand my knowledge so I could traverse this world knowing how to help others. He taught me how to guard myself against intolerance and recognize the complexity of government but also its potential for the benefit of those less fortunate than I. Through this, I have become more analytical and knowledgeable about my place in society and the role I can play with the responsibility I take.
Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was a friend and authentic personality–as well as an excellent teacher. He helped us loved his subject matter and supported us as the adviser to the Arsto-Vers Club–the men’s service club.

Ricks Rylan He showed me that any subject can be fun if you are willing to learn and approach it the right way. He made me feel like I could do any math problem.
Ricks his wife babysat me when i was a child, and his kindness really helped me in more ways than one during the few years that I studied under him

Ricks Rylan He was always very friendly and nice. He wanted to help us learn. He noticed if we didn’t seem to be okay. He cared about his students.
Ricks Mr. From dancing on the desks to sharing orange sticks, Mr. Ricks made math seem anything but boring. Because of him, I am a high school math teacher, though I don’t dance on my desk ;]

Ricks Vernon Mr. Ricks was one of my favorite teachers–he became a friend and an exciting teacher through his passion for Orange Sticks, his adviser role over the Aristo Vers, and his sparking an interest in science in me that lingered for years and years. He was a role model and friend in and out of the classroom.

Robison Perry

Ryan Snelgrove Snelgrove helped me develop a understanding of all the students that go to our school. He is the best teacher ever!

Smith Karen Karen Smith was one of my most beloved teachers because she made learning come alive for me. She had a great love for her students and made each one feel important. Elementary school teachers have a very thankless job, but I will always remember her cheerful attitude and fun way of teaching.

Snelgrove Ryan He has such a great style of teaching that really sinks down and leaves a really strong impression that lasts. He is very involved and does a very great job of following through with what he promises to do.

Snelgrove Ryan He makes me feel intelligent in his class, his class is fun but also educational. AP Lit has been a blast with his understand of my problems that arise frequently.

Snelgrove Ryan This teacher has taught me so much in every class that I have had with him. He is funny and smart and works hard to provide an ideal learning environment for his class.

Snelgrove Ryan I got sick one year, sick enough that I was worried about what my future would look like, and whether or not I would have one at all. Mr. Snelgrove helped me feel welcome when others wouldn’t, and I’m so grateful that he did because without him I don’t know where or if I would be here today.

Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove made a significant impact on my life when I first started high school. His charisma and enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches has transferred to me and many of the other students in his classes. Snelgrove taught me how to appreciate and analyze literature, and eventually gave me the tools to create works on my own.

Snelgrove Ryan One of the things that stands out the most in my mind is when he had a student teacher. The student teacher was really difficult to get along with and was my least favorite teacher I have ever had. Mr. Snelgrove was able to work with this difficult situation masterfully. He treated the student teacher with respect and was able to clarify and teach us in a way that did not make the student teacher feel like an idiot. Mr. Snelgrove also showed that student teacher how to teach without coming out and saying how awful they were. It was a great lesson to me to see this skillful demonstration of working with people that we do not always see eye to eye with. I now have a better understanding, not only of the English concepts we learned, but how to work with others. Thanks to Mr. Snelgrove

Snelgrove Ryan Is one of the funniest teachers I have ever had. Always made class fun, but made sure that you learned something.

Snelgrove Ryan Mr. Snelgrove helped me understand and cherish literature. He also taught me how I can analyze and write in a cohesive and powerful way. His enthusiasm and wisdom helped me grow in my education. I’m indebted to what he taught me because it helped me choose what to pursue in College and where to go with my life. I love to read and write due to his influence and I’m very grateful for the path he sent me on.
Terry Coach Created curiosity into civic affairs and also remained a great example of fitness.
Thomason Bonnie I learned so many things from Mrs. Thomason 🙂 She taught me to love learning, how to be organized, and to be confident in my abilities. Most importantly, Mrs. Thomason taught and lived by the motto “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” It’s been nearly 15 years since I sat in Mrs. Thomason’s classroom, but this lesson that still influences my daily life. Knowing that the challenges or triumphs I face in my life mean nothing if I am not a good and kind person, motivates me to be a harder worker, a more loyal friend, and a better version of myself. Thank you Mrs. T!

Walters Jennifer She came into the program in a really tough spot. Our previous teacher, Larry Prescott, passed away very suddenly. Yet she came in with a smile every day even though we were stubborn students and didn’t want to learn anything after such a tragic situation. I know she helped me get on my feet again and relight my love for photography. She even helped me figure out what I want to do in the future. She truly is an amazing teacher.
Wilcox Judy This was the year my parents got a divorce and Mrs. Wilcox was there for me. Since my mom had left, she stepped up and helped me with things that normally a mother would. I felt like she kind of took me under her wing! I also remember her sticking up for me wheb kids were teasing me about something. She made me feel loved during a rather tough year!!

Wilde Mrs. First grade seems like forever ago for me but Mrs Wilde has continued to affect my life even now that I’m finishing my junior year. I always loved her class and the way she taught. She’s loving and fun, but also kept us in line. Her class was so fun, we learned about how to tell if a chicken egg is fertilized and we even hatched chicks and took care of them. We also raised butterflies that we set free in the spring. Such a great teacher!

Wilson George There for his students not just during class. He made learning fun and really got to know us.

Wolfe Laurene She taught more than just the class. She taught life lessons and a different view on the world. I love her

Woolf Laurene She made me feel like government is something I can not only understand, I can make a difference in it.

Woolf Laurene She taught me more about the world I live in but also made it fun for me.

Woolf Laurene She instilled confidence in me! I played sports with her son for years but she gave me more than athletic encouragement she made learning fun and she was always ultra-prepared and engaging! She helped me realize that I was plenty smart for law school (which I later completed by the way!!)

 

(Other Private School, LDS Seminary, Or LDS Institute)

Bates Orrin When I was in seminary, we had a choice between a very popular teacher and Bro. Bates. I chose to be in Bro. Bates class because he taught the gospel in a testimony-style way. He was friendly with all students and didn’t just reach out to the popular students. He gave me a solid foundation of what a seminary teacher should be like–which I became later as I started my career.

Baxter Bill and Ellen Because they offered an alternative path for my high school education, I was able to avoid the bulling that was happening in Jr. High and move forward with a chance to succeed. I learned how to learn in their program and was able to accelerate my education. I began college classes when the rest of my peers were still taking sophomore level-classes and graduated with an Associate Degree from Ricks College when my peers were graduating from high school. I will forever be thankful that they ran this “mom and pop” school–which made all the difference in my education.

Belnap Wes Brother Belnap made seminary a highlight. He taught me to love the Gospel more but specifically to treat everyone with love and kindness. He showed me that life is better when you treat others as a child of God and not based on intellect, physical ability, popularity, or financial status.

Carter Brother He was the best seminary teacher I have ever had.

Carter Brother Brother Carter really prepared me to serve a mission. His class was really helpful and i feel that i learned a lot in it.

Kunz Kory He helped me understand the gospel more and in a bigger light. I felt very comfortable in his class and wasn’t afraid to share my thoughts. Everyday he had something different planned out and a story to go along with the lesson perfectly.

Steiner Dale His genuine love for all students and the way he lived his life in the service to other’s.

Adams His international relations class is still my favorite class I ever took in college.
Allen Redge Brother Allen taught me to make and keep goals for myself, and showed me how I can continually improve myself and lift those around me! He is tied for first as my favorite teacher! My only regret is that I did not take any more of his classes.

Jordan
Allen Redge Hyrum This professor looked beyond his subject, class, and beyond me as a student. For no apparent reason, he took concern for my wife and family who have sacrificed much for me to attend school and be successful (these are individuals he had never met). He offered them a random kind act of charity and service. Along with personal growth and development, I was able to learn so much from him as a professor and person. He is a great example of goodness, and charity.
Archibald Kari She had a wealth of knowledge and experience. She was so encouraging to students to experience for themselves.
Ashby Eda She lived and loved music. She was always cheerful and encouraging. It was obvious she lived her life close to the Lord and encouraged others to do the same.
Austad Jonathan He was the best listener and was always available to all of his students. He truly cares about learning and you can tell it by the way he presents information. Who else could get BYU-I students to love post modernism?
Baron Ross He was one of the best teachers I ever had. He helped open my mind to the possibilities of using the gospel in all aspects of life. I try to model my gospel teaching after him.
Barrus Ruth She expected you to do your best and inspired you to excel and do your best.
Barrus Lamar Schooled in Vienna, Austria, Dr. Barrus could have taught or worked almost anywhere. Instead, he has bless so many with his musical gift, talent, and passion. He had high expectations, yet was encouraging. He was a powerful example of open-mindedness and integrity. Many have patterned their lives after this powerful man.
Barzee Rex Taught me how to think critically.
Bates Orrin Brother Bates helped me rearrange my class schedule so I could graduate in the spring. He saw my frustration after the school rescheduled a block class I had planned on taking and because of that I would have to go to summer school and graduate at the next graduation. He took my schedule and rearranged my schedule so I could get into the class I needed. He made a difference in my life.
Bean Brent He always started class with a personal story that had a spiritual lesson. He made me want to not only be a better member of the church but always eager to learn and grow. He through his personal stories of overcoming trials, helped me through my own and I will be forever grateful for him.
Bennion Marjorie Sister Bennion loved literature and Shakespeare in particularly. We studied a number of plays, recited to memory key lines and had to know our stuff. The class was tough but with her passion for her subject and love for life, she got the most out of us. I am still very grateful for her influence in expanding my mind and creating for me a love of literature and fine arts.
Bennion Mark Brother Bennion always encouraged me to be an active participant and helped me believe that I could make the classroom experience more valuable by contributing. I could tell he loved teaching and loved his students from day one, and it made me excited to come to class (even when the subject matter didn’t sound very exciting at first).
Benson Lynn Bro. Benson gave me my great love of speech and drama. He was the one who took me under his wing and gave me a Teaching Assistant position so I could be able to immerse myself in this field. He taught me how to give speeches, how to act on a stage, and how to love other people. Everybody who had his classes had the same love for his topics–he made speech and drama come alive. He remained a valued friend for the rest of my life.
Biddoulph Lowell My family moved to Rexburg when I was a Junior in High School and I attended Madison High School. When I was a Senior I did well in Track running long distances, mile and half male. The day of the District Track meet, where you had to place third to go to the State track competition, I was hit in the head above my eye by a baseball bat which needed eight stitches. Result was I only made fourth place in the District meet. However Coach Biddoulph still asked me to come to Ricks College and run for them. He gave me an athletic scholarship and a job as his Secretary. No one in my family or extended family had ever gone to college and I never even thought it possible to do so.
For the next four years he was like a father to me, as well as a coach, and was very instrumental in my becoming who I am today.
Bigler Mrs. She was always asking us to do special jobs, as she knew she could trust us, and we had fun doing them. Some of them meant leaving campus, and it helped me gain confidence in myself.
Billman Eric His passion for the subject was infectious, and made it easy to learn. He bent over backwards to ensure his students got the most out of his classes, and made it fun in the process. I would definitely take another class from him.
Bird Robert His inspiring lectures encouraged me to think about things differently and explore different schools of thought.
Blakely Claire She was an amazing role model. She is the reason why I wanted to go into physical education, watching her make a difference in student’s lives. Claire was always up beat and energetic, always willing to listen and help out.
Bone Wendy She set an example of excellence in her choreography, teaching skills, and faith.
Brown Wilson Expanded my understanding and love of jazz and popular music. Synergy within a group no matter what size.
Brown Noel Noel Brown was among my favorite professors, not for the subject matter he taught but for the passion with which he taught it and for the absolute LOVE he had for his students. I’ve never felt so much love and care from a professor and am so grateful for his service.
Brown Noel He had such a passion for what he taught. You could tell every day that he was in class that he loved what he did and he truly cared about his students. I still remember things that he taught me in his classes. He truly was an amazing teacher.
Burgener Kelly His knowledge and passion for the subject was electrifying, but it was his willingness to mentor students to not just be successful in school or the subject, but as a future leader and professional. Sometimes all a you need to know is that someone cares, and that was Kelly Burgener.
Burnham Sister She always encouraged me and helped me see that my idea was possible.
Castillow Curtis It was not a class. It was just a devotional nevertheless, that message affected my life in a very positive way. I even sent him a mail telling him that it sounded good but it didn’t apply to me. He took the time without knowing me to reply back. He sent me a scripture and an excerpt from Elder Holland to explain how it also applied for me. I feel thankful for that. It was one of the most powerful times when after reading, meditating and praying I felt how the Atonement of Jesus Christ touched my life.
Christenson Steven Dr. Christenson took the time to help me at a time in my life when I really wasn’t sure what or where to go with my degree. His mentoring has continued as I am now a high school biology teacher. Dr. Christenson cares about his students as individuals and wants all of them to learn and become better. He is always willing to go the extra mile. I will always be indebted to him.
Christenson Steven He really cared for us as students. Often, he paused what he was doing in class because he felt he needed to share a spiritual story from his own life, or he needed to speak to us about important topics which would influence us now and throughout our lives. He really wanted us to succeed. I remember many days he would take over half the class period just teaching us how to study better so that we would do well, not only in his class, but throughout our college experiences. I always felt uplifted from participating in his class.
Clarke Rob I tore my ACL and required surgery 5 weeks before the end of a semester. He took the time to help me get ahead on the material before my surgery, then get caught up following my surgery. I’ll never forget him.
Clarke Robert Helped me realize that I could take a non-traditional path in accounting and be successful.
Cloward Dean Brother Cloward wants us to succeed. You can just feel his desire for the subject and for our successful futures. He pushed us to learn the most we could and in the most beneficial ways. I learned the most in his class than I did in any other class. I wish I could have taken every class with him! I also loved how he highly he encouraged us to get to know and interact with our peers, especially in our learning environment.
Collins David He taught clearly and precisely and was a superb metrologist.
Davis Rick Rick Davis, to me, is a Renaissance Man. He is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and knows so much about a wide variety of things. He’s a fantastic teacher who teaches students not just what to think, but how to think.
Davis Kent Brother Davis taught after much experience as an ear nose throat doctor and had very intriguing stories and a real understanding making him the perfect teacher. I was so amazed by how willing he was to teach while he was slowly debilitated by a disease. I felt he really loved us to keep coming and sharing his knowledge and experience with us each day in obvious discomfort.
Dayley Newell Newell Dayley was and is a valued friend and mentor. I learned much from his experience, knowledge, and his care and kindness. He continues to be an inspiration to me in life and in my musical pursuits.
Duque Lary He went above and beyond to answer my questions on his office. He has continued to keep in touch with me, and inspires me to be a better teacher and coach.
Earl Jason He inspires and motivates all students to be entrepreneurs and to forge their own path.
Empey Cheryl Sister Empey is awesome! I can’t picture her without a smile. She is always finding something to laugh about and makes me want to be more practically optimistic too. I always had so much fun in her class and now miss her humor. She never gives up on the Lord’s promises. And the recipes she taught me are delicious.
Ercanbrack Scott He would meticulously go through every line of my code to verify not only that I had it correct, but that I understood complicated principles. He would include lots of feedback that helped me tremendously in my future career.
Foutz Darryl Taught me the how school was going to apply to real life with his personal experiences.
Franson Scott Impressed me with his kindness and desire to help us learn. I’ve never felt that I’ve had a teacher so concerned for me.
Fuller Jack At first I did not take Brother Fuller seriously, but it did not take long to realize that there was so much I could learn from him. He is one of the wisest men I know! He taught me to understand the value of not only financial things, but also spiritual things! He is a great mentor, and a humble, kind man!

Galbraith Kevin Without Brother Galbraith I would not be going to graduate school (I start this Fall 2017 at Creighton University), my brother would not be coming to BYUI Winter 2018, and my overall feeling towards BYUI would not be as positive as they are. While Brother Galbraith did a lot in class, it was what he did outside of the classroom that has the biggest impact on my life. He dedicated countless hours mentoring me and helping me overcome my anxieties with regards to graduate school. When my family came to visit, he treated them like they were his own family. As a first generation high school graduate, college student, and now graduate school student, I know that without his mentoring I would not be where I am today. Not many Mexican immigrant farm boys get to go to grad school. I would have been one those that don’t get to go if it were not for all the great work that Kevin Galbraith did.
Gehring Brent Brent made us feel like we were important and could do anything. He raised the whole person. He not only taught but was taught by his students. He was open to hearing from us and when he spoke we embraced every word. I think about him every day now and the encouragement he gave. I wonder what he would think about each art piece I do. Brent Gehring is greatly missed by his students.
George Pat She taught me through her example that developing your talents can be extremely rewarding. In her lessons she often played along so we could hear someone play what we were learning in a polished way. My musicality often increased as she played along with me. She was extremely knowledgeable and knew the things that would help us improve. Beyond music, her example to all was to love life and find happiness. I’m grateful for her influence on my life and still try to apply the things I learned from her.
Gifford Kirk He was amazing, not only concerned about teaching Economics, but was a mentor for my life!
He was an incredible example of truth and righteousness!
Gillespie Kay I had planned on majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry until I took Bro. Gillespie’s Sociology class. He made this topic so interesting that I never looked back–I changed my major to the social sciences and became a teacher. He opened my eyes to the great things that in society all around me–I have always loved seeing my world through the ideas he taught.
Grant Charles Coach Grant taught me priceless life principles. He was an awesome football coach, but what he taught off the field was more important than what he taught on the field. Coach Grant taught me honesty, integrity, following through, sincerity, and living in a way that helps others. My life and the life of my family is better because of the principles I learned from Coach Grant.
Grant Kendall Life changing! Brother Grant’s teaching style made me think. He gave me confidence in my problem-solving skills by giving me assignments that caused me to work. He’s not a teach and repeat kind of guy. He also helped me think about my life, its purpose, and its meaning. The class activities, the odd assignments, and the counseling have proved critical to my success. His class truly formed the basis for my current life direction.
Griffith Mel I kept my horse boarded at Brother Griffith’s home and rode their during the Spring of 1973. Having a horse at school was a big deal for me and helped a very shy awkward girl connect with a few friends. Because I respected Brother Griffith so much I worked harder than ever in his zoology class. I received a A in the lecture but did very poorly in the lab due to my overwhelming shyness and inability to deal with a lab partner and think about academics at the same time. I’ve overcome all of this and cherish the time I had in his lecture class and the accomplishment I felt getting an A in the lecture portion of his class.
Grimmett Richard His encouragement and teaching approach taught me to learn on my own and find what makes me passionate.
Groesbeck Michael Brother Groesbeck always helped us feel the spirit in class by his goodness. He made me feel good about my efforts and want to be the best I could though I was undertaking something very difficult in taking his class.
Hackworth Allen As a student in professor Hackworth’s class, I was exposed to the beauty and wonder of literature. The discussions he led persuaded me to pursue English as a major in my university studies. I did my first real thinking in his class.
Hanks Amy She put in a lot of time to make a workbook that followed the course. This allowed us, students, to avoid reading a complicated textbook, review easily, and practice problems. She also answered all of our questions, no question was too simple. She really cared about us and would take the time to help the individual.
Hartvigsen Kip He taught in a loving and funny way that made me love what we were studying.
Harvigson Kip He helped me develop my writing skills–believed in me that I had worth as a writer. Because of his influence, I have gone on to edit professional documents, built up a $300,000 business through my creative writing and teaching skills, and gained confidence in all things having to do with the written word. Thank YOU, Bro. Harvigson
Hawkins Curtis took a personal interest in my success in the accounting field
Hayes Randy Taught Gospel Principles and BOM timeline with expert knowledge to inspire me to learn scripture at a deeper level.
Hendricks Beth Intelligence, quality, high expectations, and class made Professor (Sister) Hendrick’s class a home run. She had the gift and honesty to help us see if our education was actually preparing us for the work force or not. She helped me see the true ‘why?’ for what I was going to school for.
Hendricks Mary
Hess Dan He was a good friend
Holdaway Boyd Brought flowers into a whole new perspective.
Holdaway Boyd I went on Discovery with Bro. Holdaway and he changed my life. I discovered a whole new world of flowers by the Salmon River, but more than that, I discovered how to love others and be happy. He became like a father to me and helped me through challenges. I don’t think he knew what a difference he was making, but I’ll always be thankful for my days backpacking with Bro. Holdaway on Discovery.
Holt Joshua Brother Holt exuded love for his students. He taught in a powerful way and possessed a wonderful blend of both confidence and humility.
Holt Joshua He taught me to believe in myself, to push myself, and go after what I love.
Holt Joshua Brother Holt had confidence in me that I didn’t have at the time. He listened and showed genuine interest in my ideas and goals for my future. When I was actually working in retail management and days were hard, I could fall back to the knowledge that I gained from his class and remember his encouragement to continue on and be the best I knew how to be.
Hovey Deanna Sister Hovey was always so kind to me. She made me feel like a daughter to her, always so welcoming and warm. She was one of my favorite teachers in college because she had so much wisdom and love to share with all of her students. I never came to class without being welcomed by Sister Hovey with a warm smile and an open heart. She had a special way of guiding her students with a gentle and encouraging touch. Sister Hovey is one of the few teachers that I will always remember and cherish having been in her class.
Hunsaker Steve He is an inspiring teacher! He really understood the spirit of Rick’s. His classes were always spiritually uplifting, and inspired me to truly understand the subject matter. Among other things he taught me how to truly write, work well in groups, and participate in class discussions. My only regret is not having been able to take more classes from him.
Hunsaker Steve He was very organized and punctual and expected the same from his students. He focused on good and virtuous things and would not waste any time with things that were less worthy. He taught the subject clearly and well.
Hunt Jason Brother Hunt greatly inspired me to truly learn and always helped us feel the spirit in class by relating insights he had gained about the gospel and then directing our thoughts heavenward in the things we studied. He made me feel good about my efforts and want to be the best I could.
Isle Brandon Brandon Isle is a great teacher and motivator. He always helps students find their interests and excel in those subjects. He is a great News Director at BYU-Idaho Radio and teacher in the communication department.
Jenkins Dorla She encouraged, inspired, and taught with the Spirit. She told us once she went to the temple that she would be prepared for our class. I am now an author. Because of her deep influence on me, I dedicated my first book to her–My Teacher.
Johansen Shawn He was a great mission companion. 😉
Johnson Dana Sister Johnson was an exceptional teacher. She made taking classes for my major fun and exciting! She was always smiling and happy. While in her class she always made me feel accomplished and like I could reach my highest potential. She had an energetic and positive personality that always put a smile on my face, even on my hardest days. Sister Johnson genuinely cared about her students’ wellbeing even beyond the classroom. She was always eager to hear about our personal lives make a meaningful connection between student and teacher. I wanted to work harder and do better because of her. She believed in me and I credit her role in my college education to becoming a successful teacher. I will never forget Sister Johnson. She was one of the best teachers I had while at BYU-Idaho.
Johnson Dana Sister Johnson was and is a truly compassionate, dedicated, and inspired teacher. To me, and I’m sure to many others, she exemplified the master teacher. There have been many times I have thought of her and the strategies she used during her teaching. She always made her students feel like their contributions were valuable and needed. She taught with love and enthusiasm. She has impacted thousands of lives for good, including mine! I am so grateful she chose to be a teacher.
Karl Eric He taught me topics that have directly aided my job performance with the amount of content he taught as well as his style of teaching.
Kerr Daniel Dr. Kerr was one my closest mentors and friends at BYU-Idaho. He is an extremely talented as a musician, but even more so as a teacher. He instilled in me a passion for the instrument, and corrected me in a very honest and constructive manner. Looking back, I know I owe a whole lot more to him than my increased capacity as an organist.
Kimpel Steve Brother Kimpel helped me to discover what I wanted to do for a career through both his education, instruction, and inviting me to attend national conferences where I could be exposed to a handful of professionals in different fields and see what they do. He further encouraged me to pursue a higher level of education by expressing his confidence in my academic potential and what he believed that I could accomplish.
Kinghorn Brian Bro. Kinghorn treated me like a friend and somebody who had good ideas.. His religion classes opened up the scriptures to me and gave me a love for the Gospel. His smile and cheerfulness was what greeted me every time I went to class and I loved being in his class because of the Spirit that was there. I wish all students could take one of his classes.
LaBaugh Jack Jack LaBaugh made class AMAZING. He was so engaging and just really chill so class wasn’t such a drag. The way he cares about his students and teaching is just amazing. He pushed me to grow inside and outside of the classroom and helped in whatever way he could. Awesome guy.
Ladle Doug Doug Ladle was the kind of teacher you see in the movies but never believe actually exists. He was such a kind, creative, caring person who loved what he taught and loved the students he taught. He went out of his way to help me during a tough time in my college years by listening to me and helping me see what’s really important in this life. I will forever be grateful for this teacher who went above and beyond.
Ladle Doug Used familiar analogies in life to help describe gospel doctrine, brought it to life through group interaction and discussion.
Ladle Doug Brother Ladle taught me to trust in Heavenly Father and His timing for me. Brother Ladle’s influence continues to bless my daily life…20 years later.
Ladle Doug Showed passion for living the gospel of Jesus Christ and applying it to today’s situations.
LaFond Jacob Brother Zenger was passionate about his subject, and helped me see that it is possible to have a career following your passion. He was also very supportive during some difficult times for me and my family.
Lammons V.J. I had Sister Lammons as a classroom teacher, but I also had her as an academic AND student teaching advisor. She was influential in helping me become a teacher. I wasn’t confident that teaching was something I could actually do. Yet she always was able to point out what I was doing well and gave advice to help me become better without making me feel overwhelmed. Having a teacher who believed in me and my abilities truly made my educational experience the best I could have ever hoped for.
Lamoreaux Jeremy He never allowed me to get away with anything. He was the first teacher who was demanding because he cared about what he taught, and he understood that that was what I needed.
Lamphrect Helen Miss Helen Lamphrect was the most positive, exciting, encouraging, spiritual mentor I had at Rick’s college helping me become the person that I am today. All her basic teaching was tied to the gospel theme, and on most every test was the quote from Pres. McKay, ‘No other success can compensate for failure in the home”.
Lamprecht Helen Sister Lamprecht had to be one of the happiest, most enthusiastic and spiritual teachers I ever had. In her Book of Mormon class, I felt something I had never felt before and that is when my testimony of the gospel became a very real influence in my life. Although Sister Lamprecht was a Home Ec. teacher, her one Book of Mormon class became a life changing experience for me.
Lewis Hyrum He believed me and celebrated my successes with me. When I graduated, he treated me as a peer.
Lowder Dr. In every class he mentioned the complexity of the body and the wonder of God. I loved his Thanksgiving speech of sand. I’ll never forget his discussion on “if we could change this and this” pointing to the complex formulas on the board we could float in the air like Moroni. He helped me see that the gospel can easily be taught in every subject, not just a few scriptures here and there, but interwoven throughout each concept. I will forever be grateful for him. It is because of him I teach my children and other homeschoolers the power of the gospel taught throughout every subject. Thank you Dr. Lowder.
Lowder Lyle Dr. Lowder was very demanding yet wanted to best for his students. His grading system was based on 100 questions for each test – no multiple choice or true or false questions, just blanks. You either knew the material or you didn’t. He encouraged study groups and he wanted everyone in the class to get an “A”. Besides teaching his basic course, several times during the semester he stopped and taught us Gospel oriented principles such as gratitude near Thanksgiving. He was passionate about his subject, his students and life.
Lowder Lyle He expected his students to do their best and gave us rich, practical experiences to use this class in our lives. Very personable teacher. My sister had taken this class 4 years earlier from Dr. Lowder and I was following in in her footsteps and did my best.
Madsen Michael He loved the students and learned their names and greeted them wherever he saw them. He made learning enjoyable and memorable. He was organized and prepared. He followed the Spirit and was a good role model.
Marshall Gary He taught me so much about our great country and made me love and appreciate it more. He was an amazing teacher. He was always excited about what he taught and taught with passion and patriotism. It was ny favorite class at Ricks College.
Mecham Bryce It was a privilege to be coached by Brother Mecham in brass ensembles. He always had a wealth of knowledge to share. His attention to detail and insistence on achieving excellence pushed me to be a better musician. I also benefited from his insights on life in general. And I have to add, having barbecue gatherings and the like at his home was awesome.
Memmott Brian His teaching style really resonated with me. Not only could i tell that he was passionate and knowledgeable about what he was teaching, but he was also humble and didn’t pretend to know things that he actually didn’t. There were times in class when I could tell he put his planned lesson aside and focused on something else because he recognized that it was something his students needed or wanted. I also loved that he started almost every class with a spiritual thought that was genuine and from the heart. I was constantly amazed that he also managed to apply that thought to graphic design or some other element we had been talking about in class.
Merrill Darin He taught me how critical thinking is divine.
Morrin Jeff He was very personable and encouraging. I can still feel his love today for me and the other students in my class.
Morris Mark He believed that we were capable of doing great things. He taught some of the most challenging classes I have ever taken but at the same time, there wasn’t a teacher I learned more from. He allowed us to take control of the class and inspired us to become the best we can be.
Nelson Reese Dr. Nelson truly cares about his students and wants all of them to succeed. He has been a great mentor to me, always taking time to discuss future opportunities and making sure that I was involved in programs that would further my education and help me become a better person. Under his direction and teaching, my love for plants has grown, and my desire to spread that love has increased exponentially. I hope his future students appreciate his wonderful qualities as much as I have.
Nelson Kendall He trusted me to lead my section and had confidence in my ability to play solos and contribute to the band. Despite having such a big class, he knew me personally and took time to give compliments to strengthen me as an individual. He taught me that life experiences can be applied to the music that you play and in doing so your music will be more meaningful to yourself and those who listen.
Nielsen Kendell Mr. Nielsen has a magical touch with music groups. It doesn’t matter what group he works with, the performance level always exceeds the highest expectations, whether he is working with college groups, or junior high groups. He demands excellence, yet his student know he loves them. He is also one of the best musicians I know personally. I have tried to pattern my teaching after him.
Nielsen Ryan Dr. Nielsen was not just a teacher but a mentor. I was a beneficiary of his dedication and knowledge throughout my time at BYUI. I learned from his intense love of music and people and am still inspired by his example. Above all, he genuinely cared about the well-being and future of his students. His confidence in my ability to persevere and master the task at hand was key for me in successfully completing my education in music at BYUI.
Nielsen Kendall Kendall Nielsen was the first person to remember my name. As a homesick freshman only a couple weeks into school, this made an immeasurable difference to me. He lit me on fire for studying music and those early classes with him gave me critical tools to succeed in music. After imparting any criticism to the band or class, he would always tell us emphatically “I love you!” Wish I could have him for a band director again.
Nielson Kendall He taught me how to work through adversity, how to bring things into perspective, how to cherish who I was and enjoy the talents that the goad Lord had given me. At the same time he taught me to do my very best and excel at whatever I did. He was a great mentor and teacher I will never forget.
Nygren Mark Had a passion for living life to the fullest while being an honest, principled, entrepreneur. At the time i did not think it, but looking back that was the most fulfilling class I took.
Oldham Jerald Prof. Oldham had an unmatched passion for the subject matter and the way it was taught. He used terms and examples that I clearly remember to this day. Most importantly, he cared for and tried his best to know and understand each and every one of his students. He made us feel that we were an important part of the learning experience.
Packard Kevin Made me work and didn’t make anything easy which really prepared me for my career.
Palmer Greg A very sincere man who is a spiritual giant.
Parker John Brother Parker cares about his students. I felt comfortable in his class and went to Bro. Parker in asking a personal question and his counsel helped me greatly and was a critical changing point in my life. He’s been my favorite religion teacher on campus because his classes are the first religion classes where I don’t feel “dumb” because I don’t know a lot about the gospel or the scriptures. He’s also a great teacher because he makes sure to include his testimony of the Savior into every lesson.
Parkinson Marie Taught me things I still use in my everyday life.
Parson Leon Leon Parson has a unique ability to motivate and inspire his students to pursue excellence in their art work. He helps foster a passion for art making, elevates others’ vision of the positive influence art has on society, and exemplifies a hard work ethic to his students. Our community and the world are better places because of exceptional educators like Leon Parson.
Parson Leon Brother Parson taught me to appreciate the gifts God gave me and to explore my talents. He encouraged me to break from the mold and discover my own voice.
Patterson George He was my dad, but in taking a formal class from him at Ricks College in Book of Mormon, I learned more background of what motivated him in his love of LDS doctrine and scriptures. He taught me wherever I was, whenever I was with him. He taught me about proper race relations, to love all people regardless of our differences. His impact changed my life forever.
Patterson Keith By taking an individual interest in each student’s personal and academic growth, Professor Patterson not only shaped my academic career but my professional career as well. Every student that walks through his door is given the same exemplary treatment. There are no favorites, there are no advantages. Professor Patterson is a teacher who truly understands his subject and how to enable each student, regardless of learning style, to learn. Students who struggle are never met with anything but genuine concern and understanding in his class. BYU-Idaho is beyond fortunate to have a teacher such as Professor Keith Patterson.
Patterson Keith Brother Patterson saw potential in me and allowed me the opportunity to prove myself when others had doubts. I appreciate his help during my courses and his faith in me as a student. He helped put me on the road to higher education and a wonderful career!
Paul Micheal He instilled a deep connection and love of the Chinese language and people through his teaching. His classes was rigorous, humorous, and enjoyable.
Pearce Dan I took several of Dan Pearce’s class because I enjoyed his teaching style so much. He is very enlightened about literature. He has a great historical basis for the stories we analyzed. He has a great method of teaching analytical perspectives. He was just fun and lively and made all your comments and thoughts feel valued. He really pushed me to want to study harder to obtain the kind of insights that he had. He also helped us strive for perfection in our writing.
Peck David R He helped to answer my questions and was a teacher that truly helped me to grow in faith and testimony.
Perkes Lynn Bro Perkes taught the principles in a simple manner and frequently shared real life experiences he’s had. Often he would share how this could affect us in our professions, communities, service, and families. It was still a difficult course but Bro Perkes made it one of my favorite courses.
Pigott David His Renaissance and Reformation class was my favorite history class I took in college, which is saying something since I have a history degree.
Pugmire Carolyn Sister Pugmire took me, a lonely, scare little freshman under her wings and showed me that I was important and that I was loved. No one had ever taught me how to study or to love to learn and she did that for me. She was so busy with her own life and own profession and had only recently lost her husband, so her heart was full of sadness. But she nonetheless persevered and put her students first when she was on campus. I didn’t care for Rexburg too much. But I knew I’d be ok there because Sister Pugnire was there and loved me. My grades improved enormously, in fact, in her department, I received the ‘most improved student’
Award my freshman year.
I think of her often, as I too lost my husband 24 years ago left w 6 young children to raise. I remembered her faith and strength and used that as an example that I too could persevere. I loved that dear, sweet lady.
Radke-Moss Andrea She was the first female History professor I had and made the idea of succeeding in that field a firm reality. She has also done so much research into the lives of the pioneer sisters of the Church, and through her research they have been pulled from their silence in the background of early church history and made alive in the books she has written and in the class she taught.
Radke-Moss Andrea She completely change the way I view polygamy, and while I would not choose to live that way, I have a stronger testimony of it because of her class.
Randall Shawn Sometimes in life, one needs the kind of leader, teacher, and mentor that cares enough for you to put you through the refiner’s fire. High expectations, hard work, going the extra mile, professionalism, and no excuses are all hallmarks of Shawn Randall. Ever thought you could dislike someone, and then end up loving him/her? Take one of Professor (Brother) Randall’s classes: It’ll change your life.
Rector John John Rector made me think outside the box by kindly and gently opening my mind. He never forced his opinions or ideas and let the students ask questions that caused us to discuss and reflect on many subjects and issues in the world we live in. He truly cared about what he taught and never made anyone feel stupid.
Rhodes Michelle Sister Rhodes is an amazing teacher. She shared personal experiences that helped in the learning process. She is very knowledgeable of medical terms and made sure and posted a weekly screen cast to help in the classes learning. She always went above and beyond to do everything possible to help me understand the subject. She made sure and involved the gospel in every lesson. She helped me truly understand how amazing the human body is and what a gift we have been given from our Heavenly Father. I am a returning student after 15 years and I was so grateful that Michelle Rhodes was one of my first teachers upon my return. She got me excited about learning again and I am very grateful for her!
Richardson Alma My advisor. Found a scholarship for the next year.
Ricks Norman Norman made history interesting. To him it was taking the building blocks of facts and dates and constructing the How and Why of past events. Because of him I went on to get a BA in History from BYU. That in turn helped me get into dental school. I still use my history background every day.
Ricks Norman He taught history with a love and enthusiasm for the subject and for the students he taught. He modeled the value of education in his life by deciding he did not want to spend the rest of his life processing potatoes so decided to get himself back in school and prepare to do something he loved which is what he did. He started out in Jameston Elementary as the principle and also taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades before teaching high school then achieving his dream of teaching at Ricks which he did for some 25 years. I have met many students across the country who gladly recall him as one of their favorite teachers.
Ricks Norman Earl I wanted to be at each class because Professor Ricks told stories and made jokes to help those who became famous for Patriotism and protecting our country seem like friends we knew. He took extra time after class to get to know students personally. He pointed out qualities of good citizens that we could emulate.
Ricks Norman He was a gentle caring person. He was a good listener. He taught me that could do anything I desired. He made me who I am today. He was my father.
Risenmay Jay He helped me find my area of interest by being interested in me.
Robinson Richard Made a strong effort to make sure I participated and enjoyed the classes. He was demanding and yet worked to help make us able to do better with instruction.
Rose Trent Brother Rose taught one of my favorite classes of my collegiate career ( The executive branch) – it was one of his very first classes of his first year teaching at BYU Idaho and he still influenced me as much as any seasoned veteran faculty that I ever had. He also predicted Barack Obama is the president long before he even announced that he was going to be running… it was a bold prediction at the time but demonstrated his knowledge of the content area.
Roundy Jerry I took the missionary lessons while at Ricks College during my first semester of my freshmen year. Fall 1972. I was a brand new member of the church and didn’t know much about church history. Jerry Roundy’s class was so interesting to me and his kindness was evident every day I attended his class. I wasn’t his best student but he sparked an interest in church history that continues to this day. I have often wished I could thank him.
Sanford Melvyn Brother Sanford was so passionate about words. Our text was a half year subscription to the National Geographic. He showed us words and how they related to the real world from the scriptures, magazines and other photographs. We learned ten new words each class period. I still remember them and their meanings. I also use them in speaking and writing. He inspired me to learn and helped me to appreciate quality and descriptive language. In many ways we live on the level of our language. Brother Sanford elevated me and my language.
Satterfield Bruce Powerful conviction, extensive knowledge, and sound research-combined with effervescent humor and charisma made Professor (Brother) Bruce Satterfield’s classes entertaining, fascinating, and impactful.
Satterfield Bruce He knew so much about the subject, the people, the language, and the symbols. He made the students think and ask questions and learn how to answer them. He taught the doctrine clearly and with boldness, never apologetically. Students left class with a desire to be better and live the gospel in order to qualify for all the blessings of eternal life.
Satterfield Bruce Brother Satterfield taught me how to study. He taught me the importance of knowing and internalizing the scriptures. He teaches the importance of the words of the prophets. Everything he teaches is backed up with quotes of the prophets.
Saunders Larry I took MATH110 at Ricks College during my Jr. year of high school – and brother Saunders was totally innovative with the way he taught: no tests but we did have to pass off different equations/problems two weeks apart in less that 10 minutes (unlimited attempts)…it was the only math class I ever loved (and still remember the concepts to this day).
Saunders Garrett As a teacher, Brother Saunders always had an uplifting message to share before class that made me feel happy and peaceful and he always teaches with enthusiasm and humor making everything enjoyable. He relates everything to the gospel and makes it all more meaningful.
Schellenberg Aaron Brother Schellenberg really made engineering come to life. He repeatedly provided “A-HA!” kind of learning for me through his methods of teaching. He tied study directly to applications which would come later in my professional career. I received all this while other professors were teaching formula and bookwork – the mechanics of engineering, but not the passion and purpose which were associated with it. Schellenberg drew on his passion and talent for clarity of communication in every lesson he taught, and provided an outstanding example to me of what it means to be both a talented engineer and a gifted educator.
Sellers Kieth Everybody loved Bro. Sellers religion classes. He loved all of his students and taught us the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in everyday living. He has remained a special friend throughout the rest of my life.
Shaw Jason Brother Shaw helped me find the motivation to really want to understand the human body through his own passion for learning and teaching. For the first time ever, things actually made sense. His class was challenging in a very good way, and I always left feeling like I had accomplished something great. He was always available to help me outside of class when I had questions or needed additional explanation, and he got excited with me when something difficult clicked. I will never forget the exceptional teacher Brother Shaw was and is!
Shippen Trent Bro. Shippen was a great teach, mentor, and even father figure. I knew I could always approach him about anything, and he was willing to help. I knew he cared about me and loved me.
Smith Stephen Stephen pushed me to learn more than any other teacher. I found myself completely yearning to go home after his class and research further the many principles he would present to us. He really helped to me strive to teach myself through exploring my own curiosity. I don’t know how he does it, but he would just get into my head, and I wouldn’t be satisfied until I spent hours researching the subjects he shared with us. I learned so much more than he ever intended. By far the most inspiring teacher I’ve ever had.
Smith Stephen Brother Smith has the most talented blend of creative ideas, inspiring students, being funny, remembering what’s really important in life, being kind, and caring for students.
Smith Stephan He taught me how to think critically, be aware of my circumstances, pushed me towards achieving a higher education, and taught me to keep looking for answers and not be afraid to be who I am. And in so doing changed the way I viewed the world.
Smith Lynn I was struggling with my self-esteem from childhood issues. I was heavily depressed and had suicidal tendencies. I took several classes from him and he took a serious interest in several papers I had written and he knew I was in serious trouble. He invited me to talk and counsel with him in his office and he and his family opened up their home for me to be a part of their family. That saved my life on several occasions. He taught me how to learn to love myself and to allow others to love me. He was a wonderful professor but most of all he has been wonderful father to me for 46 years.
Soelberg Diane Diane Soelberg is one of those human beings who I have known who I deeply desire to emulate. Her patience, composure, and compassion as an educator are remarkable. It was a pleasure to participate in her ensembles and classes and honestly, I’d love to go back and learn more from her.
Taylor David Understanding when I needed it the most.
Terry Steven Dr. Terry ignited a love of learning by providing me with a profound foundation of self-worth and confidence, he was kind and genuinely interested in helping me elevate my mathematical and reading skills, that were far below where they should have been. I was a non-member and a non-student from Newport Beach, CA attending Ricks College (Culture Shock) whose math and reading skills were sorely lacking. I had the immense pleasure of attending Ricks College summer school program where he touched my life in 1978. Since that time, I graduated from Ricks, joined the Church, transferred to BYU, served a mission in Scotland and Northern Ireland, later I went to work for General Electric as an Investment Manager, married my college sweet-heart, became a Commercial Real Estate Broker in Silicon Valley and later a partner of the same firm. My life has been enriched by his gentle touch almost 40 years ago, truly a Master Educator who I have never forgotten.
Thompson Clem Mr. Thompson made chemistry fun and interesting, and he awakened my interest in science. I went on to get a minor in chemistry, major in history, and graduate from dental school.
Tonks Rob He changed the way I saw service to the causes I cared about. He gave me the tools to build a life, now I am working on a business plan to serve those I care for. He is truly an inspiration.
Wahlquist Robert I still think about Brother Wahlquist’s lessons often and his unique way of helping students feel involved in lessons. I occasionally re-read his devotional talk “Lord, is it I?” Every time I sing “Hope of Israel” I want to stand up, raise my sword, and SHOUT the chorus.
Walz Eric He loved the subject importantly he loved the students and did all he could to help them succeed. He was not afraid to change the way he had always done things in order to improve. He sight for and followed the Spirit in his teaching and personal life. He was a good role model
Ward David Brother Ward gave me the precious gift of a lifelong love for the works of C.S. Lewis which has helped to develop my perspective on Christianity as much (or more) than any other book including scripture.
Ward David Taught me that the Atonement of Christ is everything. Took time to visit one-on-one and talk through questions. Taught in an amazing way that united our class in love and caused us to look deep inside of ourselves.
Warnick Lee He offered support and encouragement, and taught me that what I become is more important than what I accomplish.
Whitehead I have forgotten I was a new member and taking a class like that was over my head, he helped me and even gave me a priesthood blessing to help me understand. He was like a father figure to me. Always willing to stay after class and discuss any questions I had and make the gospel more approachable for me. He met with me several times to give me further insight into the gospel.
Whitlock Emmilie I had no idea what I wanted to study or do with my life. She helped me find my passion for communication and journalism. She is a great friend and teacher.
Whoolery Matthew Changed my perspective of cultural and personality psychology. Helped me find God.
Whoolery Matthew He taught me to question everything which led to a deeper understanding of the world and people around me. Because of him I have learned more so how to love and empathize which has been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever learned.
Williams Nate Helped find the hidden treasures in the scriptures for me.
Williams Nathan Brother Williams had such a unique style of teaching that really helped me learn for myself. His class was simple in a way that allowed me to learn by my own study and revelation, rather than trying to force it onto me with extensive assignments. His classroom experience was always one of love, kindness, and an abundance of the Spirit. I still think of things I learned in his classroom often, because he created a wonderful environment for learning and growth.
Woods Fred He brought the Old Testament to life… and taught by the influence of the spirit. He adapted his lesson to the needs of the students. He was engaging and just plain amazing. Nearly the best teacher I’ve ever had.
Woods I love Brother Woods!!! And I loved his class, he made the Old Testament come alive for me. Before attending his class I had read the Old Testament just to read it for seminary, but once I started taking his class I gained a love for it and became so excited to learn more. And you could just feel how much he loved the scriptures every time he taught!! Here it is 20 years later and I still remember the amazing feelings I felt in his class and how the way he taught allowed the spirit to touch my heart so deeply! Thank you so much Brother Woods for your teaching and blessing my life so much!
Wray Dwight Brother Wray’s love for the subject of human anatomy was contagious! I did not have any interest at all in the subject until taking his class, and I then went on to study the human body more and am now a HS Health teacher as well as a yoga instructor.
Yost Tyson Was an extra-ordinary example of good academia and a kind but firm professor who expected the professionalism and success in his students that he embodies in his own work. I wouldn’t have made it into my MA/ PhD program without his time and council.
Young (Boyle is current married name) Moana Moana Young made English Literature an interesting and exciting study. She was challenging, always prepared and fair in her expectations and evaluations. She was interested in my learning in her class, but also in my personal development in other areas. She set a great example and remained encouraging long after I completed the course.