The trustees of the Sonoma-based Helen Ann Buckley Foundation have selected three Sonoma Valley High School teachers as recipients of a new Inspirational Teachers Award for the 2013-14 school year – Andy Gibson, Alison Manchester and Dean Knight.

The Helen Ann Buckley Foundation is a small charitable foundation that has supported education in Sonoma Valley since 1999.

The foundation recognizes that many teachers inspire, challenge, and motivate students daily. These teachers can widen a student’s perspective, foster learning and influence personal development. Inspirational teachers often lay the foundation of paths to student learning and enrichment that otherwise may not have been forged. Through the Inspirational Teacher Award, the Helen Ann Buckley Foundation recognizes teachers who excel in the following areas:

• Giving an extraordinary effort to motivating and inspiring students;

• Engaging students and provoking independent and original thought;

• Advising students with personal attention and care;

• Instilling in students a desire to learn;

• Understanding the needs of students, encouraging student talents, and fostering self-esteem.

The honor comes with a $2,500 grant award.

Gibson is the History Department chair. He teaches advanced placement U.S. history and AVID. Manchester is the English Department chair. She teaches advanced placement English and is the faculty advisor to the Dragon’s Tale student newspaper. Knight teaches physics, chemistry and advanced placement physics at the high school and is the advisor to the Electronics Club. Both Manchester and Gibson are graduates of Sonoma Valley High School.