HAVEN, Kan. — USD 312 Haven Schools announced Monday that Haven Middle/High School Vocal Music Teacher Riley King has been awarded the second quarter Impact Award. Mr. King has served the district for the past four years in this capacity. He is also the student council sponsor for Haven High School.
His nominator said: “King is passionate about meeting the Haven Choral ensembles where they are and encouraging them to grow as musicians, but more importantly as people. He is excellent at explaining difficult musical concepts to the choirs, communicating clearly through both words and conducting gestures, and inspiring the students to give their very best. His adoration for music is obvious and every day he seeks to pass that love of music on to the kids in his choirs. Riley has an innate sense for when a student is struggling or having a bad day and he always asks if they are doing OK. He offers a listening ear, a place for students to chill, and advice if that’s what is needed.”
King also oversees the Teaching as a Career class, which is a new addition that gives students who plan to become teachers a glimpse into the teaching profession.
The Impact Award is handed out each quarter by the Haven School District. The four quarterly winners are then eligible to be named the Impact Award winner for the year.