Special students, special teacher: Creswell’s Holst has long track record of helping students thrive

ERIN TIERNEY/CHRONICLE PHOTO - Kathi Holst in her room at Creswell Middle School. The veteran educator “dedicates her life to students,” a colleague said.

CRESWELL — One of the last vehicles in the middle school parking lot on a cool, calm Friday evening, Kathi Holst’s dedication to education spans well beyond that of a traditional school day. 

It’s that dedication that’s helped Holst, Creswell resident and a special education teacher at Creswell Middle School, earn the “Teacher of the Year'' award through the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She took first . . .