2019 Teacher Recognition Award

July 2, 2019

Mr. Lungwitz is the choir teacher at Brooks Magnet Middle School in Wichita, KS. He has been teaching for 10 years and has been at Brooks for the past 6. He is a Wichita native and a graduate from Maize High School. Before teaching at Brooks, he taught at both Maize Middle School and Maize South Middle School for 4 years.

Mr. Lungwitz's favorite thing about teaching is challenging his students to take risks and seeing them achieve more than they ever thought possible. He has experienced how being part of a choir is a lot like being part of a family, and he strives to make his students feel welcomed and valued. Aside from teaching choir, he also coaches the Brooks Cross Country team and loves helping students overcome mental and physical obstacles to be the best they can be.

When not teaching or coaching, Mr. Lungwitz enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, working out, and finding projects to do around the house. One thing his students do not know about him is that he wishes he could have been a classically-trained dancer.

Mr. Lungwitz is an active member of the national music organizations NAfME and ACDA, and he attends annual conferences to continue his professional development as a music educator. He served as the middle level choir chair for South Central KMEA the past two years. His hope as an educator is that he instills a lifelong love of music in his students and builds their confidence that they can reach any goal through hard work and determination.

2018 Teacher Recognition Award

July 5, 2018

     This year’s annual teacher recognition award goes to sixth-grade science teacher Mrs. Scarlett Mora of Wilbur Middle school. Please join us in congratulating her! She has been teaching for 6 years. As a teacher, she has enjoyed helping young adults explore science in a hands-on, fun, and interactive way. Mrs. Mora knows the meaning of hard work and discipline. She believes that having goals and working towards them made all the difference in her life. She credits the United States Army for giving her the guidance at a young age. She served honorably for 4 years. After her Army days she enrolled in Cowley College and then transferred to Wichita State University where she majored in middle level education specifically in the areas of Science, social studies and ESOL. Her students at Wilbur describe her as funny, firm, and fair. Students know they can count on her to be there for them although Mrs. Mora, considers student relationships to be of paramount importance. Her excellence in the classroom has also been noted at the district level. She has been recognized by USD 259, as a 2013/14 Distinguished Teacher Nominee; First Year Category and was awarded as a December 2013 Good Apple recipient. Outside of class, Mrs. Mora is very devoted to her extensive family. She is very involved with her two children and is kept busy shuttling them to their various activities. One of the things about her that not many know is that she likes to sing. Because she believes everyone should always be working to better themselves and to learn something new, she is currently learning Spanish. 

2017 Teacher Recognition Award

September 29, 2017

     In 2017, we decided to recognize a local teacher who has made a positive impact in a student’s life. We used our Facebook page (Facebook.com/MtzPartyRentals) to place the call for teacher nominations. As a result, we received many letters from students and parents on behalf of their young children nominating teachers who had made a difference in their life. It was not easy to decide on a winner since many great teachers go beyond their regular duties to help a student. The winner of this year’s teacher recognition award was Mrs. Annette Clutter of St. Anne’s Education Center. She has made an impact in her young student Arely and her family. Mrs. Ontiveros is so grateful that when she saw our Facebook post asking for nominations there was no doubt she had Mrs. Clutter in mind. Mrs. Clutter received a copy of the letter submitted and said she would read it at home.
Thanks to everyone who participated!  

Teacher Recognition Nomination Process

     Do you have a teacher in mind you would like to nominate for 2019? We will accept nomination letters starting 07/05/18 until the deadline. Students and parents of young children may resubmit their letters of 2018 of their teacher nomination. A teacher may be nominated multiple times by multiple students. The teacher will be recognized and awarded a $300 check in July 2019. The teacher K-12 must currently be working within a 50 mile radius from Haysville, KS 67060. Once we receive your letter nominating a teacher we will notify you ASAP so if you do not receive a notification within a week please contact me. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. Please send Email to MPR@mtzpartyrentals.com

Deadline: May 31, 2019 (All letters must be postmarked no later than 5/31/19.)
Teacher Recognition will be awarded: July 2019
Teacher: Currently teaching K-12 within 50 miles of Haysville, KS

Q: Who may nominate a teacher?
A: A student or parent on behalf of a young child (less than 13 years old).

Q: Who do I write the letter to?
A: Write the letter to Lazaro Martinez. 

Q: How much do I need to write?
A: At least half a page and limit to three pages. 

Q: What should I write about?
A: Explain how your teacher made a positive impact in your life.

Q: When is the last day to mail in my nomination letter?
A: The letter must be postmarked no later than 5/31/19.

Q: Where do I mail my nomination letter?
A: Please mail your letter to:
Martinez Party Rentals
PO Box 527
Haysville, KS 67060

Q: How will I know who won the Teacher Recognition Award?
A: The winner will be announced on our Facebook and website page.

Last but not least, please include the following:
1) teacher's full name, school and contact info (email, phone number)
2) student name and contact info (email, phone number) so we can notify you once we receive your letter
3) If letter is submitted by parent, include parent and student names along with contact info (email, phone number)

Lazaro Martinez