For the Teacher of the Year honor, Jamie Richardson received 20 nominations, including 16 from former students, all singing the praises of a teacher who employs all of the tricks of the trade to help her students. For example, on test day, Richardson gives her students candy to chew so they won’t be nervous. Richardson has become the go-to model of stellar instruction for the school and her students don’t want to miss even a day in her classroom. She serves on the school’s Building Leadership Team, Student Support Team and is the Report Card Specialist. She even knows how to keep the kindergarteners quiet in the hallways before school. For all of these reasons and more, Richardson is Alta View Elementary’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.