Mr. Chavez Awarded 2019 Crystal Apple

Finley Middle School PE Teacher Receives Award for Excellence in Education
Posted on 04/03/2019
At the 21st Annual award ceremony on March 7, 2019, Finley School District recognized Mr. Devin Chavez as our 2019 Crystal Apple Award winner.

Mr. Chavez joined top teachers from 6 surrounding districts to celebrate this inspiring event coordinated by the Educational Service District 123. Originally established in 1999, the Crystal Apple Awards recognizes outstanding local teachers who make an impact in their schools and communities. Local businesses and service groups sponsor the event each year both monetarily and through gifts to the recipients. Mr. Chavez received a beautiful glass “crystal apple,” gift certificates to local sporting events and dining, and a $1,000 check during the ceremony.

“I am honored and humbled to be this year’s FSD Crystal Apple award winner. We live in a great community that has always supported our students and teachers. I would like to thank Molly Curtiss and the ESD for doing so much for our area’s teachers and putting together such an amazing event. Thank you Finley for being my home, this is truly an amazing place!”

An RVHS alum himself, Mr. Chavez excelled while attending high school in Finley, both in the classroom as well as in athletics. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 15th round of the 1991 MLB June Amateur Draft. After playing baseball in the minors, Devin returned to college where once again he excelled as a student and athlete. He received his teaching degree in 1997 from Central Washington University, and returned to Finley in 1999 as a teacher and coach. Mr. Chavez has taught history classes, AVID, and currently is in charge of Finley Middle School’s Health and Fitness department. He has been active in coaching across Finley’s schools.

A Finley parent and colleague said of Mr. Chavez in her nomination letter:

“Devin pours his heart and soul into teaching and coaching. His passion for my children along with all the children in his class is inspiring to me as a parent. He shows them that he cares about them while holding them accountable.”

Finley School District wishes to congratulate and thank Mr. Chavez for his dedication to educating and motivating Finley’s youth!