Sheri Samson
From left, school board president, Tyler Viani, teacher Holly Qualls, Hawthorne Elementary principal Stephanie Kuehey and superintendent Walt Hackford. Qualls was honored for her 22 years with the Mineral County School District.

The Mineral County School District recently honored two highly respected employees as they ended the 2018 school year moving into retirement. Principal Stephanie Kuehey and school board members were on hand as plaques of appreciation were given and an expression of thanks was applauded by audience members.

Holly Qualls, a 22-year employee specializing in early educational speech therapy for the elementary students at Hawthorne Elementary School, was present to receive her acknowledgment. Kuehey publicly expressed her gratitude for “the many times she went above and beyond what was required to make a difference in student’s lives and in mine.”

Pamela Wells, an elementary school teacher who began her career in the early 1980’s, was honored for her continued efforts within the Mineral County school system, which included many positions aside from teaching, such as the reading specialist and interventionist. Although Wells was not in attendance, she later stated that she had begun her career in Hawthorne as an aide, then a substitute teacher while teaching in Babbitt in 1985. Wells ended her 35-year career with quite an array of educational memories within Mineral County stating, “it began and ended within Hawthorne.”