Year Awarded: 2007 Cavett Elementary School, Lincoln, Nebraska Fifth Grade Teacher

"Calvin takes what is required in curriculum and extends the information to touch students - personal level of understanding. He truly lives what he has elected to do as a life's work - teaching, helping, caring, and promoting the growth of others."


"I want my students to be lifelong learners," Rife said. "I'm convinced that we do a disservice to our students if we encourage them to believe that all they need to know is at school. School is everywhere. That's the way I live and that's the way I teach" Calvin Rife