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Press Release     Heather Renz Disney Biography

Note from Mrs. Renz:  I am honored to be chosen a Disney 2006 Teacher Award Winner.  The Disney Company sent us to Anaheim for 6 days where we participated in professional development, learned from the other 43 amazing teacher award winners, attended a private showing of "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest" and the pirate party afterwards, attended the Gala Teacher Awards Ceremony, were in a parade down Main Street in Disneyland, plus much more!  In a nutshell, they SPOILED us silly!


A special thank you to the Disney Company, who made all of the teacher honorees feel special and really honored our profession during the week we spent in Anaheim, California this August.  Here are some photos of the week.

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Meet the Disney 2006 Teacher Honorees

Heather Renz, Disney Teacher 2006

Heather Renz, Disney Teacher Award Honoree

Gala Night Finale

Gala Night

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Pirate Night


Pirate Night With Pirate Mickey Ears On

Cinderella's Castle

Another Gala

Night Photo

Disney's Grand Californian Lobby, taken from above

A surprise fruit and cheese basket awaited me in the hotel room!

Welcome note from my principal and staff at Tom McCall Elementary

The note

Wardrobe fitting room - so many gowns to choose from to wear for the Gala Event!

Getting help from Rett and his experts in wardrobe room


Arrival day Jodi and Susan

Wardrobe Fitting for the Gala night

Teachers gave presentations showing what they do in the classroom

Presentation Day

Presentation day - waiting my turn

Dressed and ready for my presentation

Reception on

our first night

Reception Party

Disney Monorail above the reception

Doug and Brenda enjoying the amazing food

Marty Sklar, Disney Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, our guest speaker

Marty Sklar shared his secrets to creativity and imagineering

Disney treated us to a private showing of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest in Downtown Disney

The Pirate Party Entrance

Dancing Pirates!

Ready for the party

Teacher Meg and her mom wait for the movie to begin


Pirate Party fun

Robert & David

Fantastic Event Organizers, Laura, Liz & Terry.

David Vixie, Disney 2005 Teacher of the Year, Bill, & pirate friends


Teachers Rafael and Bill

More Dancing Pirates with Connie in the lead and Allison following her


Jacob and friends


What a beautiful setting for a party!

Another party night at Studio 12 in Disney's California Adventure

Bill adding a comment to the memory book


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Studio 12 Party Night

Entering Studio 12

Great dinner guests

Kevin,  Kim,  and Patrick and their spouses

Teachers Megan Jerry,   Jason  and honored guests

Jacob and St. Claire and guests dancing the night away

Electrical Light Parade fans Zarina and Lynn




Rett, the costumer

Getting ready to board the bus for the gala


Mickey & Minnie wait on the red carpet to greet the Disney teacher honorees

Walking in to the Awards Ceremony on

the red carpet

Gala Teacher

Awards Night

That necklace is crooked again!



High School Musical entertained us

More great entertainment


Our table shared with Disney Teachers, Kem and Doug


Show hosts

Alyson Reed and Bart Johnson hosted the program (aka Coach Bolton and Ms. Darbus)

Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel also hosted the show (aka Sharpay and Ryan Evans)

Middle School Category teachers


Art Linkletter was our guest speaker


the award

 Elementary category

Disney Talent

High School Musical cast

Gala Finale


Gala Party

There was food galore!





It's Mickey!

Mickey joined us

Receiving my medal


Confetti finale

All Aboard the double decker bus!

Main Street Parade

Rebekah , Heather and Chris

Teachers Michael Patrick St. Claire Bill Doug and Janice

Front Row:  Amy, Beverly Meg Lynn, Angela Jodi

Top Deck of the Bus:

Connie, Carolyn Megan Anne, Felicity and Rafael

Jodi Kelly  and Carmen

Susan,   Kim and Lynn

Jason David  and Connie

Deanna, Beverly, and Meg

Amy Brenda, Monique,

Kathryn, &  Amanda  

Melinda & Jennifer

Downtown Disney

 It's a Small World

Cool horse tree sculpture outside It's a Small World

It's a Small World



Toon Town - love those orange flowers!

Mickey's House

Mom with Goofy's car in Toon Town


A scooter is the only way to cover lots of ground at Disneyland

Tea Cup Ride




Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth!


Do you have a license to drive that?

How about insurance?

Goofin' around again



Group meeting! 

California Screamin' roller coaster in the background.

Mom takes a break from the rides.

Left: Johnny Depp's chair from "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest"

Disney Parade Float


Breakfast with the characters at the Grand Californian

Departure day. 

Want to dance, Meg?

Meg & Koda







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Some of the cast from the show, High School Musical, presented our awards.
What an incredible honor it was.