CARE Award – November and December 2012

Canby Kiwanis and the Canby Business Community are proud to announce Josh Nichols and Joe Ruwitch have been named the November and December teacher of the month respectively. The Canby Area Recognition of Excellence (CARE) award is given to teachers and staff who excel in educating our children by building a foundation that supports a lifelong love of learning, challenges our children to strive for better and enhances the lives of our children… one student at a time!

Mr. Nichols is in his sixth year teaching math at Baker Prairie Middle School. He was nominated for his efforts above and beyond normal for both students and parents. Josh is constantly available to parents and creates multiple avenues for information. His nomination stated that we are “blessed to have such a dedicated individual as a teacher in our community.”

Joe has been teacher students how to love chemistry for over 12 years at Canby High School. His nomination came from a former student who now attends OSU and her parents. This student admitted didn’t like chemistry but worked hard in his class out of respect for Mr. Ruwitch. Now in chemistry at OSU, she wrote to her parents saying, “If you see Mr. Ruwitch tell him thank you for making me pay attention. Everything we are learning in chemistry is stuff I already know.” The parent went on to add “I am grateful for the lifetime of learning that he has inspired in my daughter.”

For their recognition, both received a plaque courtesy of Canby Kiwanis and were able to select from a variety of contributions from The Human Bean, Cutsforth’s Thriftway, The Place to Be, Rice Time, Wild Hare Saloon, Snap fitness, Canby Cinemas, Total body Pilates, Puddin’ River Chocolates, Marcie Campbell @ Park Avenue Salon, and Canby Grand Central Station.