Charlie Twiss of Hurricane, Utah, is a retired educator, having taught Washington County student’s grade 3rd – 6th for over 12 years, and a lifetime volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.
As a third-grade teacher at Hurricane Elementary School, Charlie was the recipient of the prestigious Huntsman Award for Excellence in 1999. Awarded annually to 10 extraordinary Utah educators, he was noted as fair, consistent and attentive, particularly with struggling students. As the school’s technology specialist, he donated hundreds of hours to upgrade and install computer equipment and train teachers to use the technology in their classrooms.
Principal Daniel B. Spendlove once said of Charlie, “Perhaps the most impressive thing about Charlie is the quiet, confident and dedicated way that he gives so freely of himself without feeling that he is doing anything out of the ordinary. He is truly an example to all of a genuine person who just plain lives a life of service without concern for personal gain or recognition.”
Chrlie has spent his entire adult life serving as a scout leader in the Boy Scouts of America organization. His former Scouts credit him with teaching them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime and instilled in them the desire to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders. He is credited with teaching young men everything from knot tying to cooking a Dutch over feast. Charlie continues to support the scouting program, meeting and instructing youth of the community almost weekly.
An entire community owes Charlie Twiss a debt of gratitude for his commitment and dedication on behalf of hundreds of young people in Hurricane Valley. He is truly a humble, inspirational, Hurricane Valley Hero.