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Pac-12 Mascots Surprise Pomeroy Teacher with $10,000 Check

On November 29, 14 Pac-12 mascots bounded into the cafeteria at Pomeroy Elementary School to surprise science merit teacher Stacy Butler with the College Football Playoff’s (CFP) Extra yard for Teachers Award.

The highly coveted award — which includes a check for $10,000 to spend on Butler's classroom — was presented in conjunction with the Pac-12 Conference, CFP Foundation, the San Francisco 49ers and Bay Area Host Committee.

"I am humbled and honored by this recognition,” said Butler. “There aren't many people lucky enough to say they love their job but I am. Not every day is easy but being given the opportunity to help a child gain self-confidence, use their imaginations, and be successful is what I love doing every day. This honor is a cherry on top of my ice cream sundae. I spend my own money on new books or games for my classroom, already with this money, I can continue to build my toolkit to make my students more successful.”

The overall mission of Extra Yard for Teachers Program is to elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers. Winning this award is a testament to Butler’s passion and dedication as a teacher. Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Kathie Kanavel describes Butler as “an extraordinary example of a lifelong learner.”

“Stacy Butler is an outstanding teacher leader who does everything from the heart,” said Pomeroy Principal Christy Chalfant. She cares a lot about Pomeroy, her colleagues, her students, and their families and that shows in all she does on a daily basis. Stacy also brings that heart to her instruction — especially in the area of science. She continues to advocate and lead science and STEAM integration with her peers and her dream is to be a full-time Maker Teacher.”

Butler and her students were also invited to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on November 30, at Levi's Stadium. Check out this article on the Pac-12 website for more information about the Extra Yard for Teachers campaign.