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Saint Matthew teacher earns national Mensa Foundation award

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Kristina Tons

Saint Matthew School intermediate science teacher Kristina Tons and sixth grade Saint Matthew School student Molly Maguire, who nominated Tons for the national Distinguished Teacher of the Year award by the Mensa Foundation.

Saint Matthew School intermediate science teacher Kristina Tons was named the national Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the Mensa Foundation.

The Mensa Foundation selects one teacher annually as the recipient of this national award, which recognizes a teacher, professor or instructor at any educational level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member. 

Tons was selected as the 2021 recipient after being nominated by Mensan and sixth grade Saint Matthew School student Molly Maguire.

“The caliber of all the Saint Matthew School teachers is exceptional, and Kristina’s recognition is a further testament to that educational excellence,” Principal Tim Forbes said. “We are proud of her award and the support that she and all our teachers receive from students like Molly and families throughout our community.”

This is Tons’ 20th year teaching, and she has been teaching at Saint Matthew since 2012. She is a native of Hanford, California and earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno, and master’s degree in education and liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach.

Saint Matthew School is a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School located in western Williamson County and serving 475 children from 3 years old to eighth grade.

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