Students and staff at Grand Coulee Dam Middle School were on pins and needles Friday morning, gathered for a special assembly with a secret subject ...
Until they saw the TV camera and anchors.
Cheers broke out as Dan Kleckner and Stephanie Vigil of KHQ TV entered the gym to bestow the Eastern Washington University Teacher of the Month honor on Jaci Gross.
Gross had been nominated by student Taylor Holeman, who called her an important part of the school and a "great community member."
Kleckner told students to think about all the teachers in eastern Washington and North Idaho who could have received the honor, but that Gross was chosen.
"I have the best job in the world," Gross told the students. "You kids are what motivates me every day to come to work. ... You know I love you. Thank you."
This story online includes both Star and Q6 videos of the event.
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