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Prescott teacher gets Kohl Award

Jason Canfield

PRESCOTT--Jason Canfield, Prescott High School Band Director, joined a prestigious group of honored teachers when he was selected as a 2014 Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient.

A letter from the Kohl Foundation states Mr. Canfield was chosen for this honor a because of his “skill as a leader and agent for positive change, and superior ability to inspire a love of learning.”

Only 100 teachers from across the state are selected for this award annually. The award includes a $1,000 grant for the recipient and the school, as well as recognition at a special awards banquet.

When asked about this honor, Mr. Canfield expressed genuine surprise.

“It's great to be nominated with so many amazing teachers out there, and it always humbling to receive this kind of recognition for your efforts. There are so many deserving teachers, I feel very honored to be accepted as a recipient.”

Prescott is one of very few small school districts in the state to have several teachers honored for this award. In 2000, Mr. Jeff Ryan, high school social studies teacher, received a Kohl award. Just last year, Mr. Greg Lenz, second grade teacher, and Mr. Jason Brazzale, high school biology teacher, were honored recipients.

“This is truly a reflection on the quality of Prescott teaching staff,” said Roger Hulne, Prescott School Superintendent. “Teachers work hard, inspire students and exemplify great leadership. Mr. Canfield is certainly very deserving of this honor as he is an exceptional leader in the classroom and community. To have several of our teachers recognized in this way is simply outstanding.”

More information about the Kohl Foundation awards and recipients is available on line at