Congratulations to Orofino Junior/Senior High School (OJ/SHS) Teacher Annette Haag! She was nominated by a former student, Cynthia Guitron, who is graduating from the Boise State College of Education, for The Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching.
Ardent supporters of improved education, Alan and Wendy Pesky, founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, created the award because they wanted to recognize those extraordinary teachers who ignite a fire in their students at some point to become a teacher themselves, and then light a similar fire in the lives of the children they teach. The Peskys created the award in 2011 with the College of Education through a mutual vision to honor and recognize inspiring teachers.
Among their many activities in support of education, Alan and Wendy Pesky founded Lee Pesky Learning Center, headquartered in Boise, in honor of their son Lee. Lee died in 1995 at age 30 from a brain tumor. As a child, Lee had to learn skills to overcome dysgraphia, a problem with organizing letters, numbers, and words on a line or page.
The Center created in his name focuses on giving children and adults with learning disabilities, and those living in poverty, the tools they need to succeed in school. The Center also works with teachers around Idaho to give them the updated tools and information on the latest developments in teaching techniques and research findings.
Alan Pesky was a founding partner, and retired as president and COO, of Scali, McCabe, Sloves, an international advertising agency. He currently serves on the boards of The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Global Grassroots, and The Brain Tumor Foundation. He also is a Trustee Emeritus of Lafayette College and was a former Trustee of The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Wendy Pesky is the retired owner and partner of The Farmhouse Collection, Inc., and was a vice president of Creative Services at The Avon Corporation and the vice president of Creative Marketing at Parfums Stern.
She currently serves on the board of the Sun Valley Center of the Arts. In 2007, Alan and Wendy Pesky were honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Idaho’s Outstanding Philanthropists.
The College of Education also partners with the Lee Pesky Learning Center to fulfill a vision to create a national research, training, and service center dedicated to the one in five students with learning and attention challenges.
According to OJ/SHS Principal Brian Lee, “This is a tangible reminder of the positive impact our educators have on our students.”
Along with a beautiful plaque, Haag will receive $2,000 and the school will receive $500!