Bobbie Larrivee, a special education teacher at West Homer High School, waits to receive a certificate honoring her as one of the 2017 BP Teachers of Excellence at an awards banquet Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. BP recognized five teachers from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for excellence in teaching with certificates, $500 gift cards and $500 donations to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Bobbie Larrivee, a special education teacher at West Homer High School, waits to receive a certificate honoring her as one of the 2017 BP Teachers of Excellence at an awards banquet Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. BP recognized five teachers from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for excellence in teaching with certificates, $500 gift cards and $500 donations to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

BP honors Kenai Peninsula teachers

Five teachers from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were honored Thursday at the annual BP Teachers of Excellence awards banquet.

Stephanie Cronin of Seward High School, Jonathan Dillon of Mountain View Elementary School, Barbara Larrivee of West Homer Elementary School, Meredith McCullough of Kenai Central High School and Colby Way of Port Graham School each received the honor this year.

The award, which is in its 22nd year, recognizes teachers throughout Alaska for their exceptional performance in the classroom, their dedication to students and their contribution to Alaska’s future.

“BP is proud to honor these great teachers and their tireless work in the classroom,” said BP Alaska Regional President Janet Weiss in a press release. “We see it as part of our ongoing commitment to the communities where our people live and work – and an investment in the people who help make Alaska great.”

Principal Karl Kircher of Mountain View Elementary was also honored at the banquet with a new award from BP, the Educational Allies award.

Kircher was one of five school staff members honored for their support of Alaska’s teachers and their positive impact within their school and their community.

Each award winner received a $500 gift card and a matching $500 grant to their school. BP recognized 29 teachers across Alaska, and has honored about 750 teachers since the program’s inception in 1995

Reach Kat Sorensen at kat.sorensen@peninsulaclarion.com.

Mountain View Elementary School music teacher Jonathan Dillon (center) waits to receive a certificate recognizing him as one of the BP Teachers of Excellence for 2017 during an awards banquet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. BP recognized five teachers from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for excellence in teaching with certificates, $500 gift cards and $500 donations to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Mountain View Elementary School music teacher Jonathan Dillon (center) waits to receive a certificate recognizing him as one of the BP Teachers of Excellence for 2017 during an awards banquet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. BP recognized five teachers from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for excellence in teaching with certificates, $500 gift cards and $500 donations to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Port Graham teacher Devin Michel-Way fixes her husband Colby Way’s boutenniere at the annual BP Teachers of Excellence banquet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Colby Way, a teacher at Port Graham School, was one of five teachers from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to receive the award, which came with a $500 gift card and a $500 donation to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Port Graham teacher Devin Michel-Way fixes her husband Colby Way’s boutenniere at the annual BP Teachers of Excellence banquet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Colby Way, a teacher at Port Graham School, was one of five teachers from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to receive the award, which came with a $500 gift card and a $500 donation to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Penny Vadla, a former winner of the BP Teachers of Excellence recognition, stands to applause at the annual dinner recognizing the 2017 winners on Thursday, April 287, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. BP recognized five teachers from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for excellence in teaching with certificates, $500 gift cards and $500 donations to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Penny Vadla, a former winner of the BP Teachers of Excellence recognition, stands to applause at the annual dinner recognizing the 2017 winners on Thursday, April 287, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. BP recognized five teachers from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for excellence in teaching with certificates, $500 gift cards and $500 donations to their schools. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

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