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LHUSD Staff Recognition and Awards


LHUSD and our community takes pride in the our teachers and staff.


  • Our Staff Recognition Program recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by teachers and staff every day to improve the lives of students in Lake Havasu City.  To honor their work, we invite community members, parents, colleagues, and students to nominate a teacher or support staff member who they feel deserves this special recognition. 





2017-2018 Teacher/Staff of the Year Awards

The selected teachers and staff were honored on May 17, 2018, at the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer, at which each site’s Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and Staff of the Year was recognized during a reception attended by honorees’ families, friends, students, colleagues, and community members to celebrate this special honor. 

At this reception, District Teacher of the Year was announced.  The LHUSD Teacher of the Year will be nominated for the Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year through Arizona Rural Schools Association.

Tara Smith, the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year won a $250 gift card from Mudshark, will have a menu item named after her, and won a car from Anderson Toyota.


Staff Member of the Year: Manuel Hurtado, FSP - LHHS
Rookie of the Year: Ashlee Byerley, English - LHHS
Teacher of the Year (School)  
Nautilus Nina Mersing
Havasupai Nicole Kuch
Smoketree Tamara Yates
Jamaica Jamie Hammer
Starline Rebecca Pehling
Oro Grande Tara Smith
Thunderbolt Lindsay Bitterman
High School Larry Olsen
District Teacher of the Year  

Tara Smith, Oro Grande Elementary




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