Top Elementary teacher

Garfield Elementary fourth-grade teacher Stefanie Lane, right, accepts the district’s elementary teacher of the year award from Brandon Pigorsch, who nominated her for the award.             (Ryan D. Wilson/Dispatch)

In nominating Garfield Elementary teacher Stefanie Lane for “Elementary Teacher of the Year” of USD-379, Brandon Pigorsch looked at the Pearson Education’s five qualities of effective teachers, according to students, and said Lane “encompasses all of these qualities an much more.”