Relief as CKSD educator isn’t named state’s teacher of the year

Gail Smith’s classroom — or gym — is full of bicycles and unicycles stacked on racks, at each corner. She started a regular twice-a-week unicycle practice two years ago and her Cottonwood Elementary School students have been on a roll.

“It seems to pull them in and they try really hard,” she said.

Unicycle riding develops a variety of skills from determination to balance, Smith explained.

But the four “giraffes” — five-feet tall unicycles — and their shorter counterpart stayed put lately.

“This week there’s no unicycle practice and they’re all moaning and groaning about it,” said a smiling Smith.

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