Congratulations to Rich Lapp, director of the Boise Chordsmen Chorus, for being one of the recipients of the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching, which recognizes K-12 teachers in Idaho and beyond who make a major difference in the lives of their students through their passion and caring. Rich teaches in the Timberline High School, Boise School District, where he is a 10th-12th grade choir teacher.

Alan and Wendy Pesky, founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, created the award with Boise State's College of Education through a mutual vision to honor and recognize inspiring teachers. Each of the four teachers selected for the awards receive $2,000 and their schools receive $500 each. It is the only award known of its kind in the country.

Kara Brocksome nominated Rich for the award and said he pushed his students to be better every day. “He taught me that caring and patience is key to being a good teacher. He led with love and high expectations that showed his students that he cared about our success as students and as future citizens of the community.”

You can read more about Rich and the Pesky Award here.