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Evanston’s Kay Ann Saxton receives WEA’s ‘Gold Key Award’

Posted: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013

EVANSTON — Kay Ann Saxton of Evanston was recently awarded the Wyoming Education Association’s coveted Gold Key Award for her over 40 years of service to Wyoming education.

“This award was given in appreciation of a lifetime of effort made by Kay Ann. She has made an impression on our schools that everyone can be proud of and strive for,” said WEA President Kathy Vetter.

The nomination by the Evanston Education Association said Saxton had devoted her life to teaching the youth of Evanston. She taught English at Evanston High School for over 45 years. Students benefited from her expertise and knowledge as she served as the president of the Wyoming High School Student Press Association.

But Saxton’s service to Wyoming students did not stop when she retired, as she currently serves on the board of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers teaches, locates and researches the history of immigrants to Utah. Many of the students and teachers in the area benefit from the organization, as it plays an important part in Evanston’s history. Kay Ann also served in numerous WEA positions.

Saxton has been involved with the WEA for over 20 years, served in numerous volunteer positions and continues her participation with WEA-Retired. Even though she is now retired from teaching, she is still an active WEA and NEA member.

“Kay Ann continues to be a strong advocate for the goals, mission, and vision of the WEA and NEA,” said Evanston EA President Margaret MaGee.

Advocating for Wyoming students and educators is something Saxton still believes in and supports.

“She brings her education experience with her to Evanston precinct meetings, where she serves as a district spokesperson,” said Ty Ruby, Evanston EA treasurer.

Saxton is a shining example of the quality of Wyoming educators, and that is why she was selected as the WEA Gold Key Award recipient. The WEA Gold Key Award is the most prestigious recognition from the WEA. It is presented for extraordinary service, which has contributed to the professional development of WEA and the enhancement and advancement of education in the state of Wyoming.

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