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Tribute to Teachers

 

RBC Bank is pleased to announce the 2011 Tribute to Teachers May award winners. Through their tireless dedication, exemplary leadership, and outstanding performance, they truly create a path towards excellence in education.

Below is a list of the winners and their nominations as they were received.

To see the nomination form, visit the Tribute to Teachers nomination page.

Congratulations to these inspirational educators:



Heather Adams – Moody Elementary School (Moody, AL)

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Teamwork

“Mrs. Adams is a new teacher at Moody Elementary and is very dedicated to her class. If she was to receive the money she would make sure her students have new books and new centers. Her students like her as a teacher. She is nice teacher.”
~ Missy Thompson

Service

“She is a teacher who is just starting back after a two year break and could definitely use the money for supplies for her class.”
~ Magan Cline

Service

“Mrs. Adams should win the $500 because she is a wonderful teacher who cares about her students and their education. She teaches children to be independent thinkers and she always expects them to do their very best. She is loving, yet strict enough to keep her class in order, and she has earned the respect of her students and their parents. My son is blessed to have Mrs. Adams as his teacher.”

Responsibility

“Mrs. Adams is a great teacher and I'm glad she is my teacher. I think she should win the $500. Winning would be great for our classroom. Then Mrs. Adams could buy us new stuff.”
~ Logan Self

Service

“I think Mrs. Adams should get the money because she would spend it on the classroom, and she said she would get new books for our classroom.”
~ Kylie Thompson

Service

“Mrs. Adams is a wonderful second grade teacher. The students and parents love her and the work she does in the classroom. She challenges the students to do their best each day. My daughter is excited about going to school each day because she knows Mrs. Adams has something exciting for her to learn.”
~ Kim Dillar

Responsibility

“Mrs. Adams works so hard for her students. She works to make sure every child gets the education that is right for them. She takes work home, meets with parents after school, and works with each child to do what her children needs. She feels a huge responsibility to her kids and wants to give them the best education she can while they're in her classroom. She could use this money to buy classroom supplies because she didn't receive any money for supplies this year. I know it would be helpful!”
~ Jeremy Adams

Responsibility

“Mrs. Adams is so intuitive to the students’ needs, preparing students for the future. She's an excellent mentor, directing and shaping their lives for tomorrow.”
~ Janie Rothe



Bill Allen – Bay Minette Middle School (Bay Minette, AL)

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Teamwork

“I think that Bill Allen deserves to be nominated and awarded the $500 prize because he is a teacher that cares. Mr. Allen is my advisor in our Technology Student Association. He provides materials for us to work on projects to compete in local, state and national competitions. He is a motivator and encourages us in everything we do.”
~ Mason & Adam Boutwell

Teamwork

“Mr. Allen teaches Technology Student Association and works hard with the kids. He meets with students on Sunday afternoons at the school to work on their projects. He allows the students to learn from their mistakes and after giving them a working knowledge of the subjects, questioning them on how to solve their problems. He leads them to the answers without giving them the answers. This is what students need to compete in real life.”
~ Dr. Mark E. Swigert

Service

“I think Mr. Allen should win $500 dollars because he continually offers his knowledge, expertise and tons of his time to students in and out of school hours.”
~ Sarah Barnett

Teamwork

“I think that Mr. Allen should win the $500 for his classroom, because he is always working on stuff for his class, TSA and Career Class 1 and 2. During school holidays he is working on stuff for his classes. He is very loyal to his students; he is always helping his students and never gives up on us.”
~ Laura Owen

Teamwork

“I feel that Mr. Allen deserves to win this money for his classroom because he uses so much of his own money to help the students with the materials needed for their projects. Last year, Mr. Allen spent countless hours to ensure that his Technology Student Association student members were able to compete in as many competitions as possible. These students were very successful on the county, state and national level, receiving many awards! They were honored as the #1 TSA chapter in the state of Alabama.”
~ Sharon Trawick

Service

“Mr. Allen has worked so very hard to get his class and Bay Minette Middle where we are today. I have four children and so far he has had three of them. I hope next year he will have my youngest son as well. He puts in time before and after school. He works well with his parents. All of my children have learned a lot from him. He took his students last year and won the TSA State and then on to National where they place second. If we only had more teachers like Mr. Allen, I would never worry about my children and their education.”
~ Tonya Clay

Teamwork

“I think Mr. Bill Allen deserves to win $500 for his classroom because he goes above and beyond thecall of duty to help our kids accomplish the task at hand. He helps them get the recognition they deserve when they win awards or compete in different competitions. He can call all of them by name and tell you what areas they are great in. He is a wonderful teacher to work with, and I am glad to call him a friend, not just a teacher I know.”
~ Michelle Emmons



Scarlett Allison – Murphy Elementary School (Murphy, NC)

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Teamwork

“Mrs. Allison is a super teacher who cares about each child and tries to insure they understand all the concepts she is there to teach.”
~ Becky Garrett

Teamwork

“She should win because she is nice and does not have favorites.”
~ Autumn Adams

Responsibility

“She is nice and also cares for her students. She teaches her students all they need to know to be able to pass the fifth grade and move on to the sixth grade.”
~ Beth

Responsibility

“Because she is nice. She cares for her students and she teaches students just the right things that they need to know to pass fifth grade.”
~ Paula Johnson

Responsibility

“I think that Mrs. Allison should win $500 because she is nice to her students. Also, she cares for her students and she explains things that her students need to know to be able to pass the fifth grade.”
~ Jacey Schwalm

Responsibility

“I think that Mrs. Allison should win $500 for her classroom because she is really nice she. And she also cares about her students.”
~ Jonathan Anderson

Integrity

“She works well with her students and takes the time that they need when they need a little extra help. She is respectful to them and expects the same in return. And she keeps us parents informed of any problems she sees our child is having. She has a great personality and is very patient and understanding, but she pushes her students to be ready to go to middle school next year.”
~ Jackie Carroll

Service

“I think Mrs. Allison is a good choice because she works for her students. She supports them when they need that little bit of extra help and is very understanding when they don't get it right off the bat. I am a substitute teacher and have been in her class while she was working with some of the more challenged students and have seen how much time she takes with them. She doesn't have an easy year because she teaches both spelling and math. I have a child currently in her class that has a harder time with spelling, and she takes the time with not just him but a few others to support them and encourage them. This is not easy when you have 27 to 30 fifth graders in one classroom. Yet the times that I have seen her, she has always taken the time to explain and make sure that they understand what she is explaining. Some of these times she never even knew I was there because as a substitute I am always walking up and down the halls and this gives me a chance to hear things that as a parent I might not get to hear. I have never heard her put a child down and even under some of the more stressful times she doesn't get hateful and yell. This is sometimes hard because fifth graders are getting that know-it-all attitude and have a tendency to not listen so well. All in all I think she is a great teacher and this would be a wonderful reward for her.”
~ Sandra Carroll

Teamwork

“I think Mrs. Allison deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really makes math more fun and she always loves to laugh and have a good time. She is really great!”

Teamwork

“This teacher intends to split her winnings with her team in order to expand the ability of the cash to benefit the fifth grade. Awesome!”
~ Joye Amos

Teamwork

“She should win because she is a good teacher and cares about everyone.”
~ Eli Johnson

Teamwork

“I think that Mrs. Allison should win because she is a nice teacher and she teaches well. She knows how to teach in different ways so all of us can learn the lesson and she does make us do work but not a lot. She will go over the lesson til everyone gets it and does not have favorites; she treats everyone the same.”
~ Emma Johnson

Integrity

“Ms. Allison deserves to win $500 for her classroom, as she is dedicated to the education of many children, including my daughter. Ms. Allison is an exceptional teacher and should be recognized for her outstanding efforts to instill education in our youth. She is committed to the students' comprehension of the material and truly cares about the quality of education that all of her students receive.”
~ Beth Brown

Responsibility

“She is nice and cares about her students. She tells them how much she loves them. She teaches in a fun way and gives her students a way to remember tricks and faster ways in math. She takes her job seriously but occasionally jokes around. I think she should win the $500 because she is one of the best teachers I have ever had.”
~ Sam Amos

Integrity

“She makes learning exciting for the kids. She shows great concern for each child and treats them as individuals. There is never a dull moment in Mrs. Allison’s class. The children love her and she loves them. She makes learning fun. EVERY DAY my son comes home with something new he has learned in class and is so intent on telling me every part of his day with her. He's excited about going to school! Thank you Mrs. Allison and the wonders you do with these precious children. It takes a lot to be a teacher and she is the BEST!”
~ Fame Conley

Integrity

“Last year we transferred our son to MES. We had a rough year because our son did not like school. We struggled all year to find something, anything to motivate him. This year has been completely different. He has found out that he is good in math and he likes it. A lot of his success and enjoyment we contribute to Mrs. Allison. He said "I like the way she teaches, it is easy to understand.” He is now in the Beta Club and he was one of three who got 100% on a math assignment. The other day he said “I like being smart.” She deserves to win a million dollars, but at least $500.”
~ Jenni Irwin

Teamwork

“She is one of the best teachers my daughter has ever had. She is patient, kind and always respectful of her students.”
~ Selina Bradford

Teamwork

“This would go a long way to help our kids.... resources are extremely limited ....I am a mother of four; two of my kids have had Mrs. Allison. She is a wonderful teacher and a strong influence. I look forward to my younger children having her in the future.”
~ Missy Thompson

Integrity

“She is wonderful with the kids and is so energetic. She makes learning fun for them. I can't think of anyone more deserving.”
~ Rhonda Adams

Integrity

“Mrs. Allison demonstrates an exceptional understanding of her subject area and is able to make her students realize the benefits of mathematics in their everyday lives. She is an excellent role model for her students. She displays characteristics that I desire my own children to emulate, e.g. kindness, integrity, responsibility, and intelligence in problem solving. Mrs. Allison has proven herself to be a tremendous asset to the educational community at Murphy Elementary School.”
~ Michael Seabolt

Responsibility

“Mrs. Allison has done a wonderful job in the classroom. My oldest and now youngest children have both had her as a math teacher and had nothing but positive comments. My youngest said, "She is never in a bad mood, Mom." Being a teacher nowadays is a hard and she continues to always present an attitude that fosters students "wanting" to learn instead of being "made" to learn. She deserves the $500 for her classroom.”
~ Carol Campbell

Integrity

“She gives her all to the children 100%, and best of all, they adore her so they learn!”
~ Peggy Hamby

Teamwork

“She holds our kids to a higher standard. She takes the extra steps to ensure they fully understand, not just try to complete the task. We are very fortunate to have her at our school.”
~ Ron Ledford

Teamwork

“She is a wonderful example to all of her students. She is friendly and kind. She is always pleasant and smiling and takes time to help with even the smallest details. My son enjoys her classes and he seems to look forward to school because of her. It is such a pleasure to have her teach one of my children!”
~ Kim Hogan

Integrity

“Mrs. Allison taught me when I was in the fifth grade, I am now in seventh. She was a terrific math teacher as well as a member of the fifth grade team that was awesome! She still talks to me when I see her in the store and remembers who I am.”
~ Joe Coker

Integrity

“Mrs. Allison is a great teacher. She helps me understand math and makes it fun. She helps all the fifth grade students anywhere or anytime they need help.”
~ Cassie Coker

Teamwork

“Mrs. Allison deserves to win the $500 for her classroom because she is always smiling and is so very caring about her children. She would do anything to help each one. Mrs. Allison wants the children to apply themselves and learn all that they can to become an outstanding person as well as citizen.”
~ Sherry Palmer

Teamwork

“This teacher is very outgoing and makes learning fun for her class. She teaches her students things without them knowing they are learning. I know if she wins the $500 she will make certain that it somehow goes back to all of her students.”
~ Jennifer Rogers

Responsibility

“Have you ever said to yourself, when meeting an outstanding teacher, "Gee, I wish she had been my teacher growing up?" This is Scarlett Allison. She is every student's dream in hopes of understanding fifth grade math. She believes in her job as an educator so very much that failure is not a part of her vocabulary. Scarlett takes the time to understand the learning style of each student so as to plan her instruction to meet their needs. Her smile could melt an iceberg. She is SO deserving to win the $500.”
~ Cynthia Bean



Cecelia Bailey – Flowers Elementary School (Montgomery, AL)

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“She is a dedicated teacher who genuinely cares for her students. She cares for every child she comes in contact with. I watch her every morning during morning duty. She speaks to every child who enters the building. She knows them by name and encourages and builds them up when they are sad. She helps and builds up every co-worker she comes in contact with.

She believes all children can learn and deserve a chance to reach their full potential. She searches for every way possible to reach them. She is a K through 2 PALS teacher with children who have a multitude of disabilities. To most this would be too overwhelming, but to her it can and will be done. She has a good relationship with all the parents.

She collects tabs for cancer, newspapers for the animal shelters. She searches for new Partners in Education (PIE) for our school. She really does so much for everyone.

To sum it up she is an awesome teacher and co-worker. She gives of herself totally each day and deserves the $500 for her classroom to help each and every one of her students excel.”
~ Denise Jones



Christa Baugher – Owens Elementary School (Athens, AL)

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“Mrs. Baugher is in teacher mode 24/7. There is no down time in her classroom, you can stop her in the hall and she knows which of her students is struggling and their latest accomplishments. I have visited at her home and the conversation turns to her students and their scores. She is all-in committed to what she does and she does it with endless love and patience. She is phenomenal and deserves recognition.”
~ Patti Reeves



LaKesia Boone – Hertford County High School (Ahoskie, NC)

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Teamwork

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she loves all her students and treats us all the same and goes out her way for us even when we don't do the same for her all the time.”
~ Ashley Outlaw

Responsibility

“She is a very kind person and she will help you any time she can.”
~ Kierra Williams

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students. She is very nice and determined to teach her students everything they need to know.”
~ Cadeza Smith

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is dedicated to educating her students. She has learned every student’s name and how they learn best. Ms. Boone spends a large amount of time to ensure that her students get the material they need.”
~ Kyaira Gatling

Integrity

“I believe Ms. LaKesia Boone should be awarded the $500 since she is a teacher who is dedicated to her job. She inspires students to become open minded to various situations, as well as her employees. She is a hard worker and should be rewarded for her influence on her environment.”
~ Alexus Gaston

Integrity

“I feel that this teacher deserves this $500 dollars because she is a very serious teacher and a diligent worker. I feel that she will use this money to help educate her students on another level.”
~ Ansley

Responsibility

“I think Ms. LaKesia Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is the type of teacher that really cares about her students.”
~ Michael Lee

Responsibility

“I think she should win because she is a great teacher. She deserves to win. She really loves her students. She tries to be the best she can be. She speaks to her students each and every day we walk into the class.”
~ Tiara Hall

Responsibility

“I think that Ms. Boone deserves to win the $500 for her classroom because she cares about all her students and she tries her best to make sure we pass. She recognizes all of her students and she speaks to all them when she sees them.”
~ Tashaunda Cooper

Responsibility

“Mrs. Boone should win the $500 dollars because she is a fun, understanding and responsible teacher. She is also strict but fair. She has a unique make-up that proves to be a great teaching method.”
~ Andrew Anthony

Integrity

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to $500 for her classroom because she really gets you into your work, and when you ask a question, she gives you a real full answer just as she should, and she keeps it real.”
~ Shondell Harrell

Integrity

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win because she is the best teacher I have ever had. She makes things so much clearer and understandable.”
~ Rashawn Lee

Integrity

“Ms. LaKesia Boone should win the $500 for her classroom because she values education and actually teaching her students to the fullest extent. She could use the $500 for classroom materials so that we as students can learn above and beyond!”
~ Brianca Mitchell

Service

“She is a very hard worker and ensures that each student is learning effectively before moving on. She devotes herself 100% to her students, staff, and clubs she is in charge of in our school.”
~ Markiseona

Responsibility

“She is a very smart and responsible teacher that deserves everything she gets.”
~ Tiffany Bynum

Responsibility

"She is a great teacher and she is very smart. Everyone loves and respects her.”
~ Justin Watson

Teamwork

“She helps people with their work and she takes time out to help people understand.”
~ Marquise Ross

Responsibility

“I think Mrs. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really connects with her students. She has taught her students so much about life and American History Studies. I feel as if I will never forget about her or the moments we have shared in her class.”
~ Shawnita Harris

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 fir her classroom because she is the best African-American teacher at Hertford County High School. She makes sure all her students are learning because she cares. She forces us to be successful and makes sure we all understand what is going on before she moves on to the next subject.”
~ Keondra Parker

Integrity

“I believe this teacher should win this $500 because with this money she will be able to provide us with things that would help us to learn more. She already works hard to teach us now and this would help more.”
~ Somalia Bond

Integrity

“I enjoy this teacher a lot. I like how she's not afraid to "go there" and she is loud and clear and just a nice person in general.”
~ Jarome Chesson

Responsibility

“Ms. Boone is a great teacher. She makes sure that we understand the information that we are going over, and I believe that if all teachers took the time to make sure that their students understood the lesson we would have a lower dropout rate. She is not a hard person to get along with and she makes learning fun.”
~ Keyana Sims

Integrity

“I think Ms. LaKesia Boone deserves to win $500 because she shows integrity, responsibility, and great leadership.”
~ Tyler Toure

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win because of her hard work and also her great skills of teaching. She cares for her students and looks only for the best in them.”
~ Asha

Responsibility

“I think that Ms. Boone should win because she's a GREAT teacher.”
~ Tyler Christian

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students. She enjoys doing different fun activities for the students in the school. She also encourages students to learn about things that never knew existed.”
~ Jazima

Service

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because her she helps all around the school. She needs more technology for her classroom so she can do more hands-on work.”
~ Gabrielle Alexis Carter

Teamwork

“Ms. Boone is an excellent person when it comes to teamwork. She works with her sorority sisters in completing community service.”
~ Rhyan Greene

Responsibility

“I think Ms. LaKesia Boone should win $500 for her classroom so that she can get new computers and new supplies for her classroom.”
~ Brionna Hall

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is a great teacher. She takes responsibility to make sure that her students learn the material. If her students don't understand the work that’s given, she spends extra time so they understand the work.”
~ Luv’Asia Barber

Responsibility

“I think Mrs. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students. She cares about their education and the importance of them growing up and becoming mature young adults. She can recognize all of the students that she has ever taught and calls them by name when they run into her.”
~ Quiana Douglas

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students. She can recognize all of the students that she has ever taught and call them by name when they run into her.”
~ Taylor Myers

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone should win $500 for her classroom because she is a very dependable teacher and she is always on top of things in the classroom. She cares about her students and she will do anything she can do to help them pass her class.”
~ Briante Bond

Teamwork

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really enjoys helping her students succeed.”
~ Devin Boone

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students and their future!”
~ Elisabeth Ricks

Integrity

“I think my teacher should win this money because she is a woman of integrity, and really cares for every student. I think this money would be an awesome reward to repay her for all her hard work.”
~ Dee’Anna Barnes

Responsibility

“I think that Ms. Boone should win $500 because she really takes her time to help her students and she really cares for them as if they are her own. She is a very well-respected teacher that takes her job very seriously and she will help out any way that she can. Ms. Boone is a very fun and intelligent person to be around outside and inside the classroom. That’s why she deserves to win the money.”
~ Terrez Fleetwood

Responsibility

“I feel that Ms. LaKesia Boone should be nominated because she has great determination, and also because she strives to make us learn and understand a concept. Her personality is outstanding. She's the best!”
~ Ashlee Sessoms

Responsibility

“She is a great teacher. She is hard working and encourages you to do your best at all times. She not only teaches you but if you have any other problems she there for you to.”
~ Ashley Boone

Responsibility

“She is a very nice teacher and I think she should win the money for her classroom because she is nice and kind to the students.”
~ Derrick Coleman

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is a fun-loving teacher. She is a very cool teacher. Everyone knows and loves her, and you can come to her with your problems. She is very understanding.”
~ Kandise Valentine

Teamwork

“My teacher has helped me and other students to pass the class and I'm very proud of her.”
~ Gerald Cherry

Teamwork

“Ms. Boone is dedicated to the teaching profession and helps her students excel in everyday life. She is passionate about educating our future leaders.”
~ Desmar Jones

Teamwork

“I think Ms. LaKesia Boone should win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students. She is also very helpful with her students and helps anyone that needs extra help in U.S. History.”
~ Ashley Horton

Teamwork

“Ms. Boone is a well-rounded teacher who is always willing to help others who need extra help.”
~ Dontez Tyler

Teamwork

“She is a great teacher and she will do anything to help a student pass.”
~ Quinton

Integrity

“I think she should win $500 dollars because she is very hard working, she keeps her class in check and she is a very good teacher.”
~ Luther Beale

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserve to win $500 because she works hard and does everything she can to help her students pass.”
~ Devn Vaughan

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students. She can recognize all of the students that she has ever taught and call them by name when they run into her, despite them being much older than when they were in her Kindergarten class.”
~ Lamarr

Integrity

“She is an awesome teacher! I wish I could have her as my teacher every year. The skills she has taught me will be taken with me to college!”
~ Shy’Kiya Lee

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone should win the $500. She always works hard to makes sure that students get the best education. She makes sure that we have accurate and correct information.”
~ Ashlyn

Responsibility

“I think Ms. LaKeisa Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is a really great teacher. I also think she deserves the money because she gives us great classroom projects.”
~ Lerinda Fennell

Teamwork

“I think that Ms. LaKesia Boone should receive the $500 in classroom cash because she exemplifies fairness, and has a true passion for education. During her lessons she relates very complex ideals to everyday experience to make the learning experience easier and more real for the students.”
~ Travonte

Teamwork

“I think Ms. Boone should earn the $500 because she took the time out to help me with my class work. She is also a responsible teacher, she also take care of all her student by giving them extra help.”
~ D’Isaac Jordan

Teamwork

“I think this teacher should win because she is a great teacher and leader, and she always gets high scores on test from her students.”
~ Quadre

Integrity

“Ms. Boone is a responsible teacher. She can also connect with us students on a positive level. That’s why she has one of the highest EOG passing rates at our school.”
~ Dominic Smith

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone has showed responsibility to ensure that all her children pass their EOG's.”
~ Alec vh3>Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone should win $500 because she is a good teacher and she care about her students and she is fun to be around as well.”
~ Jeremy George

Service

“She is an astonishing teacher. She takes pride in traveling to work from her house, which is about an hour away. She takes time out to provide our class with work that is comprehensive and fun. I believe she deserves this out of anyone.”
~ Dominick Partlow

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is a hardworking responsible teacher.”
~ Danielle Flythe

Integrity

“Ms. Boone was a nice teacher. Every day she would have us leave her feeling like we learned something. She did anything to get the lesson across. I would love to have her as my teacher again.”
~ William Collier II

Responsibility

“She is an excellent teacher.”
~ Parrish Dempsey

Service

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 because she knows how to teach so that her students can learn. All her students enjoy being in her class.”
~ Jovonte Williams

Responsibility

“Ms. Boone is just the best teacher ever. She has been a teacher, friend, and mentor to me. If she were able to get $500 for her classroom, it would be excellent. She is always staying after school, helping us with senior stuff and she genuinely cares if you learn in her class. She is also really cool.”
~ Grace Wright

Integrity

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is dedicated to teaching her students. She believes in every single one of them, encourages and motivates them.”
~ Jessica Torres

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves $500 in classroom cash because she is an awesome teacher. I want to thank her for all she has done for me by nominating her for this contest.”
~ Lashonda Brown

Integrity

“I think if Ms. Boone won $500 to spend in the classroom everyone would have access to a mobile device to help them learn. She is very big on technology and loves to try to get us into it. She was one of my favorite teachers. She deserves the money so much.”
~ Harriet Page Lewter

Integrity

“I think Ms. Boone is the best. She really made history come alive for me. Because of her I thought about becoming a classroom teacher. She really cares and takes her job super seriously as a teacher. I love her to death.”
~ Tiara Watford

Responsibility

“Ms. Boone deserves this prize because she is a great teacher. I have learned a lot in her class this semester. She taught me not just about history, but how I should be in my life. She taught me how to be mentally tough in everything I do.”
~ Tyler Pryor

Responsibility

“I think Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 because she's responsible. She takes her job very seriously and she's an exciting teacher who shows excitement in what she does.”
~ Monquel Parker

Integrity

“If my teacher won money for her classroom, we could finally get some classroom materials of our own. Since we don’t have a lot of paper we have to share many things with other students. Although Ms. Boone tries to make do, I know she wished she had more money to use on us. She sometimes buys stuff out of her own pocket, but we all know that can get expensive. So please give my teacher the money.”
~ Nathaniel Hudgens

Responsibility

“If my teacher wins $500 dollars in classroom cash, I believe we will get some of the newest technology that exists. She loves to try new technology. We are always using the internet, laptops, and mobile labs to do assignments. She has really changed my mind about the traditional classroom.”
~ Marquitta Sessoms

Integrity

“Ms. Boone deserves $500 for her classroom because she really cares about her students and their achievement. She does afterschool tutoring, Saturday academy, and in-house tutoring to make sure her students meet the testing requirements for the state. She is loving and she really cares if her students succeed.”
~ Kivia Smallwood

Integrity

“Ms. Boone deserves to win $500 because she really cares about her students and shows the utmost integrity in all that she does. Ms. Boone shows dedication and creates an environment where her students feel comfortable to grow in their personal and academic learning.”
~ Keisha

Integrity

“LaKesia Boone is an excellent teacher. I think she could really use the money since her school system has been hard hit by the recession. A shopping spree could help keep her a float and still allow her students to succeed.”
~ William Stephens

Responsibility

“She is caring and supporting, always helping as much as she can. She goes hard all the time.”
~ Deandre Casey

Service

“Ms. Boone tries to do different things in the class to maintain student achievement. With $500 she could get the resources she is missing due to this recession.”
~ Adrienne Turner

Teamwork

“Ms. Boone is a wonderful teacher. She supports her students and she loves to do different things in the classroom. With this money, she can really transform her room into a great space.”
~ Andrew Moore

Integrity

“Ms. Boone is the best. She is fun, cool, and she really knows her stuff. We could use that money to do a lot of things in the classroom.”
~ Ashley



Kim Brown – South Greenville Elementary School (Greenville, NC)

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Service

“Every afternoon, parents everywhere have a simple, yet telling, conversation with their child. One question is asked: “How was school?” We hold our breath in anticipation of what is about to come out of our children's mouths. For some children it is a grunt, a shrug or a simple “good.” For others it is a play-by-play of their day, what encore class they had, that Sally was out sick again, that they did NOT have pizza today for lunch.

As a parent of a young boy, I hang onto every bit of information I can get. Many days our conversation starts in the car after pick up and goes like this: Mom: How was your day? Jack: AWESOME! Now, this is coming from a first grade boy. To get him excited about much is often a difficult task but Ms. Brown has helped ignite a fire inside Jack to learn.

Ms. Brown has been teaching for over 10 years in schools that are deemed by our district as below performing. By teaching this special population, she has had to become creative in her teaching style, be crafty in her materials and help her students get their basic needs met in order to tackle the rigorous learning that takes place in a first grade classroom. She utilizes every minute of her day to teach her students reading, writing, science, math as well as respect for others and good manners, often causing her to be late to the buses because she is still teaching minutes before the dismissal bell rings. She is so excited to teach and the students are so engaged that it often seems they lose track of time.

Every day I am thankful that we chose to send our son to public school and we are so thankful that Ms. Brown is his teacher. Ms. Brown loves what she does and is dedicated to her students and to South Greenville Elementary and it is my hope that RBC recognizes her and our school for their outstanding contributions to education.”
~ Julie Jenson

Service

“Mrs. Brown made my daughter's transition into a new school as smooth as it could be coming from a small school. She continually challenged my daughter to learn more than what she was teaching in the classroom. She helped to nurture my daughter's thirst for knowledge which continues to develop today. She is truly a teacher who cares about her students and in return her students respect and care about her. My daughter runs to give her a hug each and every time she sees her! Most of her prior students feel the same way!”
~ Suzy Blair

Teamwork

“Ms. Brown is a first grade teacher and likes to engage the students in fun and exciting activities to reinforce what they are learning. An additional $500 would help her to continue to find creative ways to help the children understand their material better.”
~ Melissa Richter



Nicole Callaghan – Kate Shepard Elementary School (Mobile, AL)

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“Nicole is a very dedicated, talented teacher who loves her children very much and also loves teaching! She has made curtains, chair back covers, window seat covers and other wonderful things for her classroom by buying the material out of her own pocket and sewing every stitch with love! She is one in a million and Kate Shepard is very lucky to have a teacher like Nicole! She truly deserves this $500 and will put it to very good use for her “babies.”
~ Mary Miller



Teresa Casey – Walton High School (Marietta, GA)

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Responsibility

“She works hard every day to make sure all of her students understand and enjoy all that she teaches them. Even when it's hard to get it all done she still tries hard and gives her best to help her students. All of her students love her and she does her best to make sure learning is a pleasure. I love her!”

Service

“She is kind and caring and does her best to help and to teach.”

Teamwork

“She is great and is the best teacher anyone could have.”

Integrity

“Mrs. Casey is so amazing and I love her. She so badly deserves this.

Teamwork

“She does her best to make sure we learn and she is amazing at teaching.”

Service

“Mrs. Casey is so much fun and always works hard to educate us.”
~ Taylor

Service

“She is great and teaches great.”

Service

“Mrs. Casey is so amazing and she tries so hard to help us learn better.”

Integrity

“I think she deserves the money because she is so nice and tries so hard to help us and allow us to learn what we need to know and beyond.”

Responsibility

“Mrs. Casey should get the $500 because she is amazing! Every day she works hard to make sure we learn. She also helps us whenever we need help. She works hard to make it so that we have a good time while learning what we need to. I love her as my teacher and she is my absolute favorite teacher in the world! If she didn't get chosen for the $500, then no one should!”



Cheryl Chappell – Blount Elementary School (Montgomery, AL)

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Responsibility

“Cheryl was selected as Montgomery's Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2010-11. She is so committed to her teaching and to her students. She has a gift for encouraging them to be successful because she genuinely loves each of them. She also likes to find ways to let them enjoy math as they learn. She is able to make explanations about difficult concepts that make sense to the mathematically challenged. Because of school budget shortfall, she must personally pay for many teaching supplies. She is a compassionate and passionate teacher. I wish I had learned sixth grade math from her.”
~ Dr. Martha L. Johnson

Integrity

“Cheryl is a strong example of a caring and nurturing teacher showing her students new ways to reach their goals in the class room. She encourages teens and adults as well outside in the community and well deserving of this award.”
~ Anita Neal

Integrity

“Mrs. Cheryl Chappell exemplifies the characteristics parents and educators alike want for their students and does so in a way that the students appreciate. She keeps open, friendly, yet professional communication with both parents and students with their common goals in mind. Her attitude and service are consistent in and out of the classroom and are genuine expressions of her calling as a teacher. Her creativity, organizational skills, and dedication will assure that the $500 award will be put to good use in her classroom, based on what I've seen her do in similar settings for the young people at our church. I commend RBC for considering such a deserving candidate for this award.”
~ Sharon M. Myers

Service

“Cheryl is an organized, insightful, creative teacher who gives much of herself to her students. She loves her work and carries it out in a most productive way.”
~ Rev. Keith Pate



Linda Chinn – Woodland High School (Stockbridge, GA)

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Teamwork

“Unfortunately, high school is full of teachers who come to work only for the paycheck, teachers who fill the need to catch attitudes with their students, and teachers who just don't know the material well enough to teach it. Throughout my four years at Woodland High School, I am fortunate to state that the previous characterizations of high school teachers do not describe all my experiences with educators. My Spanish teacher, SeÒora Chinn, embodies what a student-teacher relationship should be.

Mrs. Chinn is such a character. She changes the dialect and tone of her voice to create emphasis on different points in lectures (there's never a boring moment with her). She makes an effort to talk to every student who passes by her classroom (even if they weren't lucky enough to take her class). She is the one teacher in the school who is respected without ever having to raise her voice. Her love for teaching can also be seen in the extra time she puts forth for her student. For example, she is the coordinator of our school's National Spanish Honor Society; she offers opportunities such as traveling abroad, Spanish camps, and simple Spanish field trips. She also acts as a Spanish Advanced Placement Exam reader, so she can prepare us properly for the task.

Dedication, enjoyment, and enthusiasm come to mind when reflecting on her teaching. She has always pushed me to do my best in the classroom and in my community. Seeing her love her line of work inspires me to put my all in everything I do. No other teacher is more experienced or encouraging than her; the passion she possesses as a teacher is rare. It has rubbed off on me; no dream is too big or thought too abstract. Her infectious personality always lifts my spirits and allows me to have a better outlook on my day. SeÒora Chinn deserves compensation for all her hard work, time, and commitment.”
~ Kellie Morgan



Nancy Christensen – Crossnore Elementary School (Crossnore, NC)

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“Mrs. Christensen teaches in Avery County, NC. Over the last two years her school has experienced an extremely high number of "Snow Days.” As of January 11, 2011 her students have been in class six days since December 3, 2010. She has consistently posted "fun" work as Snow Day Assignments on her web site for her class to complete to ensure they do not fall behind while out of school. These assignments have been so "fun" that she has had over 80% of her class complete them. Instead of taking the time off as some other teachers do, Mrs. Christensen has used her time to continue to teach and develop her students for success! I am so thankful my son has had the opportunity to be one of her students! Mrs. Christensen consistently shows her commitment and love of teaching to her students and their parents.”
~ Leigh Cuthbertson



Michelle Cranford – Fairglen Elementary School (Cocoa, FL)

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Integrity

“Michelle Cranford is one of the most generous, caring, energetic, fair, loving and positive teachers I have ever met. She truly is involved with each student individually and caters to their needs and praises their accomplishments. Michelle takes great pride in preparing our children to excel academically and socially. Each day in her classroom is an adventure. She makes learning fun and gives each child the attention they need. She goes above and beyond the classroom scene. Michelle is involved in our business partner program at the school and is in charge of the Spring Fling. She purchases things for the classroom out of her own funds continuously. This award could make such a difference in the tools that Michelle could obtain to continue such a wonderful learning environment for the children and make things a bit easier on her own pocketbook.”
~ Laura Enoch

Responsibility

“Her efforts as a teacher go above and beyond the requirements.”

Service

“Mrs. McBride-Cranford is amazing. She engages and excites the children. She rewards their efforts and encourages continual growth. She involves and includes parents and families in the process. She is teaching a combined kindergarten and first grade class. She keeps everyone moving forward. She is a team leader for the other K1 teachers. She is involved with several committees and focuses on making Fairglen better for our students. Mrs. Cranford gives of her time, herself and her money, funding several fun things on her own for her class. She is head of the business development committee that’s working to involve local business into making our school better. Mrs. Cranford makes learning not only a success, but she makes it FUN!”
~ Mary Dowty

Service

“Michelle is the team leader for the first grade she took on K/1 split this year. She goes above and beyond what she needs to, not only for her class but for the school. Michelle not only teaches her classroom, but she also runs the Pennies for Pasta, Business Partners Committee, Chairman for Spring Fling, to name a few. Michelle makes learning fun for the students, and I know that her students this year love her. I am in her class a lot and there are her students throughout the school she has taught that always come through her room to give her a hug or just to say hi! Michelle is always helping the principal with stuff. I know that she loves her job and everyone in the school. If there is a child that needs help she makes sure they get the help they need. I have NEVER met a teacher like Michelle that does what she does. I wish I had her when I was in school. I am so thankful that my son has her now and that hopefully in two years my daughter will have her. I know that she has had three pizza parties this year funded out of her own pocket. For Christmas she had the kids make something for their parents, and she went and bought the ornaments for us out of her pocket. I believe that Michelle should be recognized for a lot of things that she does! I wish a lot more teachers cared about not only their students but their school like Michelle does.”
~ Desiree McCullough

Service

“Mrs. Cranford is an honorable nominee because of the dedication she has to her students. As a teacher myself, I see that she goes above and beyond the requirements of a classroom teacher. Mrs. Cranford spends countless hours preparing lessons and activities to differentiate her instruction to meet the needs of all her students.”
~ Noelle Davis

Teamwork

“I think she should win because she is very informative and goes the extra mile for the children. When the child does not understand the problem, she will notify you. She will give them extra work to bring home so parents have a better insight of the problem, and that we may help also. I have five boys and have requested her personally because of the way she interacts with the children. She doesn't give up on them and does not single anyone out. In all characteristics I'd give her a “10.” She's just the best. I would really love to see her win.”
~ Shirley Randall



Jamey Crider – Clermont Middle School (Clermont, FL)

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Teamwork

“She is the best teacher because she is very funny and she is really cares about her kids. During art class she makes it so we have the best class period of the day. Jamey Crider does not make the school pay for all the art supplies. She goes out of her way and pays for the art supplies. These are the reason that I think Mrs. Crider should win the $500.”
~ Tabitha Unick

Service

“Ms. Crider sees the potential in her students and works to bring it out artistically. She teaches her students to express themselves individually. Not only does she teach art, she runs the art club and has art shows throughout the year allowing her students to show their creativity and individuality. She is always encouraging and supportive.”

Service

“Mrs. Crider is a great teacher! She has taught two of my children and they loved being in her class! She is fair but firm and they've learned a lot. I have also had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Crider for several years, first at a different school, and then here at Clermont Middle. She has been awesome with helping me with any request I've had, such as having her Art Club make decorations to help brighten up the school cafeteria. I know from experience that Mrs. Crider will help out any student that may not have the funds to participate in Art Club. She also purchases quite a bit of supplies with her own money. She has also made Art Club available free for everyone this year. Mrs. Crider truly cares about her students as well as faculty and staff! It's been a pleasure working with her!”
~ Claudia Rose

Teamwork

“Mrs. Crider is the nicest teacher in our school. Whenever her old students come in, they say she is still the best teacher the ever had. Mrs. Crider is the art teacher and sometimes uses her own money to pay for art supplies. Whenever you need help with anything, no matter what subject or problem, she is always there to give you a hand. She remembers almost ALL of her students and she has been teaching for several years. Mrs. Crider deserves the $500 for her class because she cares about her students and wants them to have the best time in her class (and so she can save her own money). I bet you could ask every one of her students and they would say she deserves the money. She is the best teacher I have ever had!”
~ Taylor Rose



Lori Cuevas – St. Paul Catholic School (Pensacola, FL)

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Integrity

“Mrs. Cuevas goes the extra mile to make teaching personal to each student. Through the stories read in class or through the history projects that take the winner all the way to Washington D.C. She is dedicated to making sure the individual child succeeds. She is loved by all!”
~ Kim Jones

Integrity

“Not only is Mrs. Cuevas one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever met, she is an inspiration to all of us. With five children of her own, she has managed to put in the time and talent to her classes. Her students have not only qualified to win the District and State but also the National History Fair in Washington D.C. She took time away from her own family to fly up there to be with her students as they competed. The $500 would go along way for the materials that she would love to have to inspire her students.”
~ Linda Miller



Elizabeth DiBagno – Grove Elementary School (Piedmont, SC)

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Responsibility

“Mrs. DiBagno teaches kindergarten in a Title I school that serves very poor, transient families. Every year she spends money out of her own pocket to purchase basic school supplies, health and hygiene supplies and snacks for her students. Often when a new student arrives mid-year, he does not bring any supplies with him, and Mrs. DiBagno purchases items he needs.

Mrs. DiBagno makes every effort to be available to her students and their families, arriving early, staying late and even going to their homes to meet with them. She is committed to making sure that each student receives the best education she can give them. She is an advocate for students who need more than she can give and does not give up until she is sure they are receiving every service the school can provide. Mrs. DiBagno's students are truly 'her children.'”
~ Nathan DiBagno



Ann Ehler – Manatee Elementary School (Viera, FL)

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Service

“Annie Ehler has more energy than most kindergarten-aged children, and that's why she is a perfect kindergarten teacher. She uses energy, rhyming, compassion and diversity to teach the children in her classroom. As a parent, I never wonder about my child's progress, or about what is going on in the classroom. Annie is diligent about emailing parents regularly and calling parents if something needs instant attention. Every day my daughter tells me that “school was awesome” and that Mrs. Ehler is the best teacher ever.

Not only does she devote so much time to her own class, but is involved in many projects and activities throughout the school year, such as Cross-Country Club, Harvest Hoedown, Spirit Nite at Chick-fil-A, as well as spending time with her own family at home. Annie Ehler is an amazing teacher, I hope that by writing this nomination, she will receive one of the prizes awarded, and know that everything she does for her class and the school does not go unnoticed.”

Responsibility

“It is a complete honor to have Mrs. Ehler as a leading positive role model for my daughter. She reaches out and cares. She helps above and beyond what she is supposed to do. She doesn't stop when the bell rings and is always there. I know my daughter is excellent hands once she goes to school. To Mrs. Ehler, thank you for all that you do.”

Integrity

“She is great with kids, everybody loves her. She is always happy and brings happiness to the kids.”
~ Elena Dal Vecchio

Integrity

“Mrs. Ehler is an OUTSTANDING kindergarten teacher. She is so deserving of this award and would put the money toward much needed supplies for her classroom. Mrs. Ehler shows each child the attention they need to succeed in her classroom. She is always engaged with the children, greets each one daily with a smile and positive comment. Her desire for each child to learn is amazing. She truly cares and is concerned for each student. Her classroom energy is AMAZING just like her!”
~ Stephanie Spradlin

Responsibility

“Mrs. Ehler is a great teacher who really makes learning fun for the kids. Every day I am amazed at what my daughter is learning in her class. Please consider her for this wonderful opportunity!”
~ Carrie Lauria



Lynnae Ehley –Tropical Elementary School (Merritt Island, FL)

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Integrity

“Mrs. Ehley deserves to win $500 for her classroom due to the fact that no matter how calm or crazy the room is, she is in total control. She has many different children who have different ways of learning. Although, most teachers would try and teach all the children the same way, Mrs. Ehley goes out of her way to help each child on their own level of learning. To me that tells me that she is a caring, loving, and compassionate woman, mother, and teacher. When you have those qualities in a teacher, children cannot help but learn.

She makes learning fun at times, and then at other times it is down to business. When one student is having a truly difficult time understanding what is being discussed, she will get another student to help explain it in another way just in case the child needs to hear it that way. That shows she has confidence in her students’ abilities to rise to a challenge when a fellow classmate needs help. Which in turn means that Mrs. Ehley, herself, has given the whole class what they needed. No matter how busy she is, I have seen her stop to listen to a silly joke, or something the child thought was funny at home the day before and just couldn't wait to get to school to tell his teacher because he knew that she would give him her great big laugh. As a teacher myself, those were the days I loved when the kids could hardly wait to reach their classroom in order to tell their teacher first and then their friends what was so funny. That is a great indication that someone is doing something right.

She is soft-spoken on the whole, but when she needs to be heard, they hear her. Control of a classroom in this day and age is extremely rare. Therefore I, a grandmother of my granddaughter in her room, would love to see her win this prize from the bottom of my heart.”
~ Rhonda Joyner



Cynthia Hallman-Morris – T.C. Roberson High School (Asheville, NC)

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Teamwork

“I would LOVE for Mrs. Hallman-Morris to be recognized and win money in your competition! In eleven years of teachers, we have never had a teacher that communicates better with both parents and students than she does. In an effort to help keep students on task and because she truly cares about them, she is so very good at keeping parents up to date on what is going on in the classroom, what items are due when, and when tests are, etc. She not only cares about her students, but also ENJOYS her students, and sadly, we have not found that to be very common in today's school environment. She is always available for help before and after school, and recently offered an extra pre-exam study session at a local restaurant since school was out of session due to snow the day before the exam. She has a family of her own but always goes the extra mile to devote her time and energy to her students and their families.”
~ Melanie Vaughn

Service

“Mrs. Hallman-Morris has taught my two oldest students pre-calculus, algebra II and calculus—all challenging subjects. She is an incredibly dedicated instructor who projects her love of all things related to mathematics and has that rare ability to ignite that same love for math in many of her students (not just my two kids).

She goes far above and beyond what is required of her by hosting numerous study sessions during the evening and on weekends to provide tutoring to any and all of her students. The heavily-attended study sessions illustrate the interest in math that she engenders in her pupils. Her study sessions at the local Panera Bread restaurant are a "must attend" event.

In addition to her study sessions, Mrs. Hallman-Morris also spends extra time as the head of the high school math club. Her obvious skill in teaching has led to an increase in the number of students at T.C. Roberson taking more difficult mathematics courses such as AP Calculus.

Due to her extreme dedication to teaching difficult subject matter, her willingness to spend a tremendous amount of her free time in helping her students learn these subjects and her obvious and infectious enthusiasm for mathematics and teaching, I feel that Mrs. Hallman-Morris is the perfect candidate for RBC Bank's Tribute to Teachers award.”
~ Mark Mauhar

Teamwork

“Ms. Hallman-Morris “gets” teenagers and miraculously makes math, even pre-calculus and calculus, fun and interesting. She goes above and beyond by staying late after school to help students who are struggling and by having math study “parties” for her students at a local restaurant the night before an exam. She expects a lot and because of this gets a lot from her students. She is truly an inspiration.”
~ Cindy Brown

Service

“Mrs. Hallman-Morris has won teacher of the year multiple times for very good reasons. She is a terrific teacher and makes herself available before and after school for additional help. In addition, she collects food and clothing for kids in need.”
~ Elisa Roberts

Service

“Mrs. Hallman-Morris gives 200%. She is really committed and devoted to her students. She really goes the extra mile, giving up her own personal and family time to work with students. I could use all the values shown above to describe her, but I guess I had to choose one.”
~ Beatriz Riascos

Responsibility

“Ms. Hallman-Morris deserves to win the $500 for her classroom because she genuinely cares about her students. Her students absolutely adore her. She makes math a fun class and does her best to make sure every student does well. She is available to students before and after class for questions. She updates parents via email or calls parents personally on student's progress in class. More than the cash value of this award, she is deserving of the honor.”
~ Ellen Imperial

Service

“Ms. Hallman-Morris is one of those exceptional teachers who goes out of her way to connect with her students. In the classroom, Ms. Hallman-Morris supports and enriches her students' mathematical studies in order to ensure their confidence and mastery—something not easily achieved in an AP Calculus class. Her caring is further evidenced by her willingness to be available to students before and after school hours, including, but not limited to, hosting regular "AP Calc Parties" to bolster spirits, as well as mathematical proficiency. In addition, she is instrumental in aiding students in a variety of ways unrelated to her instructional subject areas, i.e., writing college recommendations, mentoring, and unofficial "therapist" to name a few. With additional financial support from RBC, Ms. Hallman-Morris would be able to purchase graphing calculators and other instructional supplies to help nurture the continued success of the students for whom she cares so deeply.”
~ Eilene Floyd

Responsibility

“She teaches Math with passion and has skills to make students feel comfortable asking her all kind of questions. She is very nice with students and motivates them to learn.”
~ Eunmee Koh

Integrity

“I chose “integrity” because I think it embodies all those values and so does Cynthia Hallman-Morris. My daughter does not necessarily like math but she likes AP Calculus and is doing well because she likes Mrs. Hallman-Morris. And the reason she likes her is that Mrs. Hallman-Morris likes—actually loves—her students. I am in awe of teachers like Cynthia Hallman-Morris who respect teenagers, love teenagers and in so doing, teach those teenagers to respect and love a subject such as math. Mrs. Hallman-Morris has a heavy teaching workload plus children of her own at home and yet she remains positive, friendly, accessible to her students, creative in her teaching, and in communication with parents. She goes above and beyond. Every time the students are about to have a big test, Mrs. Hallman-Morris has an evening or weekend study party for any student who wants to attend. This is a woman who believes in education and in children. I am so grateful my daughter has the opportunity to have a teacher like her.”
~ Amy Summers



Debbie Hancock – Rock Ridge Elementary School (Wilson, NC)

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Teamwork

“She just explains things clearly. She can discipline you or just have a laugh with you.”
~ Jack Clark

Integrity

“Because she is always encouraging me and my classmates to do our best at the things, we do, whether it is writing, reading, math, social studies or science. I think that she deserves a reward. So that is why I think that my teacher should win the $500!”
~ Alyssa Coleman

Responsibility

“She is a great teacher and can be really funny. She always makes sure we are doing our best in the classroom.”
~ Abby Davidson

Responsibility

“She is an awesome teacher.”
~ Logan Waddell

Service

“Ms. Hancock is very dedicated to her students. She makes learning fun, with great stories, activities and lessons! She truly takes time to make sure her students understand and take their education seriously.”
~ Susan Fuller

Responsibility

“She is nice but is strict about homework, class work and other work like it. She makes sure everyone knows that they need to be responsible. She cares for us first and herself second. She gives us good notes to study by but lets us have a say about what’s in it. She loves her job and everybody she’s ever taught and is teaching. The only time she doesn't come to school is when she is sick and somebody that she knows died. She is the best teacher ever and if she won the $500 prize she would put it to good use to buy something that helps us learn. For example, our CPS (Classroom Performance System) hasn't been working well lately and she would probably buy another whole set for us.”
~ Josh

Responsibility

“She makes sure every one of us is okay. She makes sure we act responsible by doing all of our work. She works with the kindergartners to help them get used to school. If the fourth graders don't do what they are supposed to do, she gets it across that they better do it next year when they get to her. She is like the principal that's not a principal. She would definitely use the $500 to buy something that gives us a better chance to pass fifth grade. She gives us homework that is really similar to the EOC. She gives us good studying notes that are very similar to the test, but gives us a say in it.”

Responsibility

“Mrs. Hancock is an outstanding reading teacher with awesome test scores year after year. She takes her job very seriously and helps foster a love for reading in her fifth grade students. She teaches her students reading strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives. She should win the money to help pay for the instructional supplies she uses daily that she buys with her own money.”
~ Jennifer Lewis

Responsibility

“My daughter says that she is the best teacher in the world. My son says she has common sense. My husband says that she instills independence. I think it is because Mrs. Hancock has a no-nonsense approach to the classroom. She is strict and yet she laughs at life's foibles and lets the children see her human side.

Both of my children have had her. They have been challenged to excel, fear breaking one of her rules, don't want to disappoint her, and love her all at the same time. Both of my children have excelled academically as well socially and emotionally. I will always appreciate the confidence my children have developed under her guidance.”
~ Debra Holley

Teamwork

“She is the best teacher I have had so far in my six years of schooling!”
~ Mattie

Integrity

“She teaches us well.
~ Austin Whaley



Susan Harper – The Village School (Auburn, AL)

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Service

“Susan Harper consistently goes above and beyond for all our families. Our small, non-profit Montessori school focuses on entire families, not only the student in the classroom. Mrs. Harper works for far less than she could make in a public school setting. Her dedication has absolutely nothing to do with her paycheck. She embodies what teaching is all about. Giving of her time and energy and focusing on the whole child. In lieu of Christmas gifts, she asks that families to consider purchasing an item needed in the classroom. She uses all of her skills to find exciting ways to help each child learn to their best potential. She gets to know each student and their family and is very focused on the long-term goals of each child.”
~ Angela Hodges

Responsibility

“Ms. Harper works in a small Montessori school with children from ages three to ten. She has tremendous dedication to her work. My four-year-old has made tremendous strides both intellectually and socially under Ms. Harper’s tutelage.”
~ Conor McGowan

Responsibility

“Susan Harper is an amazing individual. Her dedication to ensuring her students are both learning and enjoying the process of learning is remarkable. She teaches a skill and stresses the value of being proud of one's effort and output. With Susan's leadership and patience, she works diligently to ensure each child is working to their potential, and is nurturing a true love of learning. Susan is a true asset to our school.”
~ Catherine

Integrity

“It is such a necessity in this day and age for moms to work. Along with this financial need comes a lot of guilty feelings. While my son attended a local day care program I suffered with Mommy guilt all day every day. Since my son has been in Mrs. Susan's classroom all of that guilt has gone away. My son loves his school and I love his teacher. I feel as if she takes care of him BETTER than I could myself. She has unending patience and a caring sternness. Mrs. Susan brings a lot of experience to the table and this has shown through the improvements in my child. His behavior has transformed, he is thoughtful and considerate of others and uses his manners regularly. I am more than pleased with my son’s school experience and could do nothing to improve upon it.”
~ Jamie Ignanga Moussirou

Integrity

“Susan Harper is an amazing teacher and human being. She is dedicated, and has tremendous respect for her students. Every day she takes the Montessori philosophy to a higher level. The results of her teaching style are amazing and quick. Her school is not her “job,” it is her family. She is a great mentor. She is fun and one of the most educated and coolest people you'll meet. I am so grateful my child has her as a teacher.”
~ Carmen Iosif-Clark



Janie Jarrett – Riverstone Montessori Academy (Marietta, GA)

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Teamwork

“Ever since my child started in her class, Ms. Janie has shown him so much. She is very caring and has a gift for knowing how to interact with children. Her approach creates a thirst for independence, responsibility, and confidence in a child. Ms. Janie has a way to promote teamwork within young children and cultivates a “mentorship” program where the older ones mentor the younger ones. She instills that sense of responsibility in them in where they want to do it without someone telling them they have to. She cares about each one of those students and I think she deserves to be nominated and win.”
~ Brunella Reid



Kathryn Johnson – Mill Creek Elementary School (Madison, AL)

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“Miss Johnson displays a genuine love for teaching. She is constantly researching new and innovative ways to teach her students the basic skills required to move forward to the next grade level.

Miss Johnson also makes a point of reaching all her students' capabilities. She currently has a child operating on a first grade level, but rather than put him in the back of room and concentrate on the other 17 students, she met with the librarian and with the first grade teachers and developed a study guide specifically geared for this child to bring him up to the level of competence he needs to be at to move forward at the end of the school year.

Her youth and vitality only lend to her increased enthusiasm for teaching. She spends endless hours after school fine-tuning her curriculum, and participates in any outside activity that can further enhance her teaching skills. Miss Johnson took the time to develop a user-friendly website for her students and parents. Each day she posts daily homework assignments and interesting tidbits of information about her students. She encourages the students to share the website with their parents. And for those students who do not have access to computer at home, she makes a point of printing the material and sending it home for the student and parents.

Miss Johnson also has instigated a physical challenge for her students. At the beginning of each school year she advises the students and parents that the students and she will be doing jumping jacks during the school day to reach the goal of 2011. It is a great tool she has developed as the students are not only learning physical fitness, but they are learning to count and carry numbers.

Miss Johnson also started a mystery reader program every Friday. Parents can sign up to read a book to the class and Miss Johnson gives out hints all week until the students guess who the reader is. This not only encourages parents to participate in their child's learning, but it brings all the students together in a common challenge.

Finally, Miss Johnson is the teacher you would want for your child. She makes each child her priority and that is the type of teacher we need in our schools today.”
~ Sherry Hilley



Carol Kinne – Cornelius Elementary School (Cornelius, NC)

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“Mrs. Kinne does her best to balance the children's learning needs and styles with keeping order in the class. She is kind and empathetic, but also knows when to push the kids. She has made my son's (who still has a lot of anxiety about school) kindergarten experience wonderful. I don't worry about him when he is in school with Mrs. Kinne. She is laying a wonderful foundation for learning through her dedication to the children at Cornelius Elementary.”
~ Chris Micolucci

Integrity

“I believe kindergarten classrooms build strong foundations for children to take with them for life. Honesty, integrity, self-esteem, respect for others, and character building are so important at this age. How many times have you heard the phrase "all the things we learned in kindergarten?” This is the most important time for values to be instilled and enforced. I have not only witnessed these values being taught in Mrs. Kinne's class but see and hear them through my child. Mrs. Kinne doesn't just throw out words but clearly conveys the definition and importance throughout the day to each and every student.

Her lessons stress the importance of honesty, perseverance, and respect for each others, importance of listening and the detrimental effects of bullying within and outside the school room. As public schools struggle with budget cuts, large classrooms and testing standards, these values are sometimes forgotten or minimized. I strongly believe Mrs. Kinne deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she has proven that teachers can truly balance both the importance of standard lessons along with appropriate behaviors and the character building needed at this young and very impressionable age.”
~ Jennifer Foley



Shannon Kirby – Paine Intermediate School (Trussville, AL)

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“Mrs. Kirby is truly a blessing to any parent, but to a parent of a child with a learning challenge such as dyslexia, she has been an angel. Mrs. Kirby understands the challenge I face as a parent, and the challenge my daughter faces each day, and the extended hours we put in to keep her up to date. Mrs. Kirby corresponds with me weekly, and sends printouts of my child’s work so we can stay ahead each week. Her words of encouragement and love have pushed my child to achieve, more than I ever dreamed for third grade.

When the work day is over Mrs. Kirby does not stop at 3:30. She is dedicated to the success of my child and all the other students as well. I have received emails as late as 8:30 at night from her as she works after hours to make her children successful students, during her family time. When you walk into her classroom, you feel the love, support, and knowledge she shares with her class each day, and it’s almost electric. Mrs. Kirby is an amazing teacher, but she is also a motivator, a mentor, and a mother to each child in her classroom, and deserves any extra financial support from an organization such as RBC. Shannon Kirby is one of the BEST teachers I have ever come across, and being a parent of a child in her class has been one of the luckiest life experiences I have been a part of.”
~ Kyndal Robertson



Janet Kreider – First Colonial High School (Virginia Beach, VA)

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"Mrs. Kreider has implemented an innovative method of teaching her Computer Information Systems and Advanced Computer Information Systems classes. She used the Company method of instruction. The philosophy of this method is that no student has to wait to learn. Students become employees and operate in an environment that is more business-like rather than classroom-like. She is dedicated to helping students reach their maximum potential. Thus far this year, 22 of her students have taken and passed the Microsoft Office Specialist 2007 certification exam! Mrs. Kreider truly exemplifies your tag line "Great teachers don’t quit when the bell rings." She willingly helps students during her non-classroom time, before and after school, and accompanies them on weekends so they can participate in Future Business Leaders of America conferences."
~ Rhonda Doak

Integrity

"She is the nicest a teacher can be while still staying on track to learn and accomplish so much in the classroom."

Service

"I have had the good fortune of learning under an excellent teacher, Mrs. Krieder, for two years. She coordinates "The Company" and is the Chief Executive Officer of our office as well. She is thoughtful and always suggesting new ideas to improve The Company. She is one of the most organized teachers in First Colonial High School. Her classroom is always decorated according to the seasons and is always inviting. She is certainly one of the best teachers to receive this honor."
~ Pooja Patel



Todd LaVogue – Roosevelt Middle School (West Palm Beach, FL)

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“Mr. LaVogue goes above and beyond for his students every day. He exemplifies every positive characteristic in a teacher you could ask for. He is dedicated to making sure each student succeeds. His integrity is beyond reproach. As a social studies teacher, he has shown teamwork by working with the Arts and Cultural Council artist-in-residence along with a fellow teacher at his school to bring arts into the rigorous curricula he upholds. He recently became a teacher, leaving a more lucrative career, because he felt a responsibility to himself and the community to do “the most important job” he could ever do. He shows his commitment to serving others by encouraging his students to become active citizens in the local and world community. His students have researched local leaders in addition to writing for freedom for prisoners of justice. Mr. LaVogue should win this award because he is exactly the teacher everyone wants for themselves, or for their children. (He also could use the $500 since he spends so much of his own money on his students and classroom activities!)”



Christy LeGros – Theodore High School (Theodore, AL)

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"Mrs. LeGros deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she teaches beyond the classroom. She pulls her students, willingly, into the community to help others. They volunteer together at kids' events throughout our county, putting in over 100 hours of service every year! Some events are Kids' Days in Bienville, UCP's hog wild festival children's area, Penelope House's chocolate festival children's area, Bayfest children's area, Azalea Trail run, Mobile International Festival, and Santa Calling where she and her students act as North Pole operators connecting kids to phone calls with Santa. She gives of herself every day inside and outside the classroom. "
~ David LeGros

Integrity

"I think Mrs. LeGros needs $500 for her classroom because she really cares about each student. She is an excellent person who often pays for things out of her own pocket to help her students. She has former students who say she was their favorite teacher ever. Her students win all kinds of awards for their art. She tries to take them on field trips, and tries to make learning fun and interesting."
~ Donna M Bryant

Service

"I think Mrs. LeGros deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she believes in her students. She believes that her students can do anything they put their mind to and she helps them in any way she possibly can. She is easily the best teacher at Theodore High School. Students always love being in her class and are constantly learning new way to improve with her help. She is a fantastic teacher and role model."
~ Hope Hussong



Rachel McMahan – W.D. Williams Elementary School (Swannanoa, NC)

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"She has taught two of my children, one of whom has ADHD. My son who has ADHD was held back in first grade and he was in her class his second year of first grade. It was the best year he has ever had in school. She was very patient with him and although he did not have a 504 plan at the time, she came up with special ways for him to do his assignments so that he was successful. She took the time to do special things in class like making him a "To Do" list for the day. This was also his most well behaved year in school. It was the only year we were not called to the school for behavior problems. He felt good about himself because he was making good grades. He wanted to please her and do the right thing. She is the one and only teacher who has ever made him feel successful. She took the time to talk to him about his feelings and needs. For once in his life he did not feel worthless and this was all because of Ms. Rachel McMahan.

She truly takes teaching to heart. It’s not just a job to her. She honestly and deeply cares about each and every child that she teaches. In my opinion, you could not ask for more in a teacher whom you trust with your child's care every day. She also took her own money to buy supplies for her class. She always made sure they had what they needed so she could teach them in the best way possible. Therefore, I feel you could not find a more deserving teacher for this award!"
~ Michelle Pruett



Dwight Mixon – Stiles Point Elementary School (Charleston, SC)

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"Dwight Mixon is a wonderful teacher who has actually won Teacher of the Year three times. He has a master’s degree in special education, which I believe takes an incredible person to do every day. I cannot think of another teacher who deserves this more. He is a great son, father, husband, brother, uncle, person and teacher."
~ Susan Mixon



Michelle Newsome – Ahoskie Elementary School (Ahoskie, NC)

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"Michelle enjoys teaching and really needs some supplies for her classroom."
~ Amanda Woodard

Integrity, Responsibility, Service & Teamwork

"She would use the money so wisely on our classroom! She is such a good teacher! She loves us so much and I really think that she should win that $500!

She is responsible with our classroom and keeps it nice and clean! She would use $500 on whiteboard markers, some posters or cool things to go on our walls, pencils and pens for her and us, and more. She loves us and takes good care of us and her classroom. We really need this $500 so that we could do great things to our classroom!

Mrs. Newsome is an inspirational teacher and she makes sure all of her students understand what she is teaching before moving on to another lesson. She is truly an amazing teacher. She makes all of her lessons so fun. She is an awesome educator. Mrs. Newsome loves all of her students the same. Never treats any of them differently. She is so nice to us students no matter if you’re in her class or not. She still loves them and very much cares for them. I truly love, love, love Mrs. Newsome!

Mrs. Newsome would use $ $500 so wisely for her students and her classroom. We could do so much to our classroom with $500. She cares for her students so much and loves us.

I think Mrs. Newsome should receive $500 because she is very nice she would spend this money wisely on things we need for the classroom. She would probably get some things for the students too. Mrs. Newsome is an awesome teacher and loves us students so much. She would probably buy some whiteboard markers and maybe some copy paper for the printer. She would buy markers and crayons and pencils for the students and much more. She is a very good teacher! She always makes her work fun. She loves us and we love her. I love my teacher so much! She is the best in fifth grade. She always makes her work so much fun. Every one of my classmates loves her so much. We want her to teach us every year because she is so good. She would use this money wisely and carefully."
~ Breanna Outlaw

Teamwork

"Michelle Newsome should get $500 for markers in our classroom because ours are dying. She also needs the money because she is an awesome teacher!"
~ Lori Merritt

Teamwork

"Because we could use lots of supplies for our classroom. We don't have many."
~ Kelly Futrell

Responsibility

"Because my teacher needs some more markers for the boards and copy paper."
~ Jebreia

Teamwork

"Because she is an awesome teacher!"
~ Emily Merritt

Integrity

"Because she is the best teacher I have ever had, and now we are running low on supplies."
~ India Wiggins

Responsibility

"Because this class needs a lot of supplies."
~ Joyce Futrell

Teamwork

"Because we need markers and more school supplies"
~ Kelsey Liverman

Responsibility

"I think Mrs. Newsome deserves to win $500 dollars because she rocks at her job!"
~ Tazharia Reynolds

Responsibility

"I think Mrs. Newsome needs some markers because ours are dying!"
~ Donald Merritt

Responsibility

"I think Mrs. Newsome deserves $500 because she really cares about her students, not all about her. She also deserves $500 because our classroom is running out of school supplies. Even if I came from a different country, I can still nominate her for being a good teacher. I wish all students should have a teacher like her!"
~ Kerby Mercader

Responsibility

"Michelle Newsome should win $500 because she is the best teacher in the world!"
~ Emily Merritt

Teamwork

"Michelle Newsome is an outstanding teacher; therefore, I think she should win $500 for our classroom."
~ Delores Watford

Responsibility

"I think Mrs. Newsome should win the $500 for the classroom because she is a good teacher. For example, when you don't understand something she taught, she doesn’t just blow it off like some teachers. She gives a little more understanding of the subject. She has great teaching skills. For instance, when she does a PowerPoint for the class to take notes, she doesn't tell you to copy it down. She gives you some background information first. When she does something she always sees if you understand it by asking you questions or giving a little surprise quiz on what she just taught. That's why I think Mrs. Newsome should win the $500 for her classroom."
~ Shykyra Ashe

Integrity

"I know my teacher is the best teacher to win the money because she is very good teacher and is very hard working and strong."
~ Keandra

Responsibility

"She is the best teacher in the fifth grade."
~ Venetrice Reynolds

Teamwork

"She is awesome."
~ Johniyah Reynolds

Integrity

"She is a great teacher!"
~ Thomas Reynolds

Responsibility

"I think she deserves the money because every time my child comes home she learned something new."
~ Candance Reynolds

Integrity

"I think Mrs. Newsome should win $500 because we need books to read, markers and other school supplies."
~ Trequan Boone

Teamwork

"I think my teacher needs $500 for our classroom because we need markers!"
~ Emily Merritt

Responsibility

"I think so because my teacher is a great teacher and she works hard."
~ Demetrius Faison

Teamwork

"I think that my teacher should win $500 because we need to get some expo markers for the board so we can see what the board actually says and learn what it says, and I also think she should win because she is the best teacher that I know."
~ Kaley Hewitt

Responsibility

"I think the teacher that I have chosen should win $500 for her classroom because she is nice, kind, a good math and science teacher, and because she is the best fifth grade math teacher!"
~ Whitney Manley

Responsibility

"I think this class should win $500 because the teacher is complaining that she needs markers so we can write on the board."
~ Jaquaries Smith

Responsibility

"Michelle Newsome is an outstanding teacher! She encourages us to do the right thing! She is #1 in teaching!"
~ Daniel Merritt

Responsibility

"She is a great teacher."
~ Brianna Parker

Responsibility

"She works very hard in trying to teach her class. She also cares about all of her students."
~ Courtney Holliday

Responsibility

"SO SHE COULD BUY THINGS FOR OUR CLASSROOM LIKE DRY ERASE MARKERS FOR THE BOARDS BECAUSE THE MARKERS ARE RUNNING OUT. SHE COULD ALSO BUY COPY PAPER SO WE COULD HAVE PAPER TO WRITE ON AND MAKE COPIES."
~ Aysia Simons

Responsibility

"So we will not run out of expo markers. So our class can get more books that we cannot read the same books every day"
~ Demetrius Lassiter

Responsibility

"We desperately need markers and she is the best teacher in the whole wide world!"
~ Bobby Merritt

Teamwork

"I think this teacher should win because she is great teacher she has a great personality. And she shows teamwork. And plus she is AWSOME! Why wouldn’t you give this teacher, Mrs. Newsome, $500?"
~ Charity Tann

Integrity

"Yes because we could use a lot of school supplies for our classroom. She also needs some dry erase markers and also more things."
~ Emily Futrell

Integrity

"Michelle really cares about her students and does an awesome job. She is a dedicated teacher!"
~ Amy Bowen

Integrity

"Mrs. Newsome is a dedicated teacher caring and professional person, who cares about the students and their future."
~ Irene Buash

Integrity

"She is an inspiration to her students. Her honesty and kindness in the classroom create an exceptional environment for learning. In an economic down time and budgets reflecting the same, $500 would go a long way for Mrs. Newsome in her classroom. She would be able to provide some learning tools that she otherwise would not be able to purchase due to funding cuts."
~ David Brown

Integrity

"Michelle puts 110% effort into everything she does for her students. She makes sure every single one gets the attention they need, and they benefit from her knowledge. Not only do they think of her as a teacher, but as a mentor and someone they can talk to. Michelle is a great teacher and the kids love her."
~ Lee Brown

Service

"Michelle is an active member of our community and dedicated to all our children. She is always going above and beyond the call of her position. She strives to improve her school and classroom no matter the personal cost or sacrifice. As the town librarian, I have worked with Michelle to bring resources and programs to her school and classroom. I truly believe in these hard economic times collaborations such as those she encourages are the only way that we can give our children all they deserve. I know Michelle will use the $500 to enhance the educational experience in her classroom and her school."
~ Cindy Henderson

Service

"I think Mrs. Newsome is an awesome teacher who values her students and treats them as her own. She is very kind and understanding and gains respect from her students. Everyone loves her and always remembers her long after they are out of her classroom. I feel she deserves to win the $500 for her classroom because she cares deeply for her students and knows and understands what they need to be the best students they can be."
~ Monica Britt

Integrity

"Mrs. Newsome is an awesome teacher and all of her students really like her. Mrs. Newsome is not just going to a job every day, she cares about all of her students. She strives to make a difference in their lives and this money would go far to helping her accomplish this."
~ Greg Britt

Service

"I believe Mrs. Newsome deserves $500 for her classroom because she is an amazing teacher who gives all that she can for the students in her classroom. She is creative in her lesson planning and the students are always excited to come to her class. Because it is a low socio-economic area, the students need someone who provides structure and a little tough love at times but they know that it is only because she wants to see each of them succeed. She has been teaching for a few years and already many parents request their children to be in her class. She is at school long before the students arrive and never leaves until the last child is gone. There is so much that she would be able to provide for her students with $500 dollars and it would be put to great use in a school that is unable to provide all of the needed supplies."
~ Erin Mainhart

Integrity

"Mrs. Newsome has shown great love for teaching children. Her work with them is exemplary."
~ Dessie B. Outlaw

Service

"Michelle is a very dedicated and loving teacher. Giving a teacher such as her the $500 would be the best choice for the money because being as dedicated as she is, she would use the money to its fullest potential."
~ Norman

Integrity

"Ms. Newsome would utilize this money to the best of her ability in ways that all of her students would benefit."
~ Debbie

Responsibility

"She loves her students and is very responsible. More classroom materials would greatly benefit her."
~ Juanita Newsome

Teamwork

"She is always helping other teachers with things. It would be good if she could buy more items for her classroom so she can share with others."
~ Charles Newsome

Integrity

"Mrs. Newsome deserves to win money for her class because she is tirelessly devoted to her students. She often spends money out of her own pocket in order to provide her children with the best learning tools available."
~ Delia Newsome

Responsibility

"Michelle is dedicated to her students and strives to make sure they all do well in her class. Michelle wants every child to pass the EOG's. She doesn’t want any child to be left behind. Michelle goes that extra mile!"
~ Joel Johnson

Integrity

"Mrs. Newsome should win some money because she is always thinking about her students. She is a good teacher!"
~ Braxton Newsome

Responsibility

"Mrs. Newsome represents all of the above qualities. She is such an awesome teacher!"
~ Brycen Newsome

Teamwork

"Mrs. Newsome deserves to win $500 because she is always working so hard at school. She takes her work home every night and grades papers while at home. I know she has kids and is about to have another one. She is also always going to meetings at school either during the day or at night."
~ Shelly Brown

Service

"Mrs. Newsome works very hard for her fifth grade students. She has even been pregnant this year AND working on her National Boards! She is dedicated to the service of the children and determined to help them succeed."
~ Larry Newsome

Teamwork

"Michelle Newsome should win $500 because she is the best teacher in the world!"
~ Emily Merritt

Responsibility

"Michelle Newsome is the best teacher in the world! That is why she should win $500 for our classroom!"
~ Kelsey Liverman



Tawni Orr – Jerry Thomas Elementary School (Jupiter, FL)

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"Mrs. Orr is an exceptional teacher! My son, Dylan, currently has her as his first grade teacher and he is learning so much this school year. Mrs. Orr is the epitome of an efficient, challenging, and caring teacher. She is completely vested in her students and honestly wants to see each one of them succeed. In the beginning of the year, my son had trouble writing essays. As soon as Mr. Orr saw that he was struggling, she immediately let me know and we talked one-on-one about how to help Dylan overcome his writing difficulties. She stayed on top of his progress and cheered him on when he did well. Dylan is now a much better writer and is scoring high marks on his essays. I can truly say that Mrs. Orr was genuinely concerned about my son and really wanted to see him succeed.

Mrs. Orr really knows how to challenge her first grade students while keeping in mind that that the children are only six- and seven-year-olds still getting used to school and homework. She pushes them just the right amount and in a way that only a seasoned professional teacher would know how to. The students respect her, the parents love her, and she is definitely one of the reasons why Jerry Thomas Elementary School consistently ranks high in academics. I have literally had parents who have had her in previous years tell me that their second grader did so well in school because Mrs. Orr pushed them to do well in first grade. You don't come across a teacher who makes such an impact like that very often. Mrs. Orr is an outstanding teacher and very deserving of such an honorable award!"
~ Gina Shrestha



Zane Porter – Henderson Middle School (Henderson, NC)

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"The answer to why Mr. Porter should win $500 for his classroom is easy as 140 characters: @zgporter "Writing poems w/ objects as the speaker today. It is exciting 2C students realize that they can B poetic & give emotions 2 an object. #engchat" (Tweet from Jan. 5, 2011)

Mr. Porter is not one to turn down a challenge: Despite the deteriorating walls, lack of resources, and the other challenges that come with teaching in a low-income, high-poverty area, Mr. Porter finds a way to prepare the seventh grade students of Henderson Middle to be successful 21st Century learners. Whether it's Twitter, applying for a Donors Choose project, or taking students on a virtual trip to Japan to learn about haikus, it is clear Mr. Porter is thriving in the age of technology while other classroom teachers are trying to survive it.

Mr. Porter has had to wear many hats as an educator, one of them being a businessman selling the value of reading and writing well. He exemplifies the "responsibility" value because he is constantly looking for ways to improve and is not afraid of the hard conversations, as seen in his tweet from December 20: "A Principal today, ‘I've been in education long enough to know that you can complain all you want, but it won't change anything.’ #edchat"

As resourceful and determined as Mr. Porter is to achieve student learning, the $500 could not go to a more deserving candidate. I hope you will consider him in your final decision. "
~ Sara Kelleher



Erin Powell – South Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA)

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Service

"Mrs. Powell had a very significant impact on my education while I attended high school. I was sick for the last two years of high school and she made trips out to my house 2-3 times a week to proctor exams as well as bring me homework assignments. During this time she also became my advocate when dealing with my other teachers and the school administration. In the classroom she does everything she can to help her students succeed and is very sympathetic to difficult situations they may find themselves in. I think the world of her and truly believe that I was incredibly lucky to have her help."
~ Chloe Meyer



Cheryl Powers – Olde Providence Elementary School (Charlotte, NC)

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Teamwork

"I think Mrs. Powers should win because she started a compost pile for us, she won us the chance to grow a pizza garden (we'll also get to make our own pizzas at Fuel Pizza!), she got us interviewed by Diane Sawyer's crew from ABC National News and the South Charlotte Weekly, and wants us to have lots of fun learning. She is always teaching us life lessons. She's the best teacher in the whole world. We all appreciate what she contributes to the school and our class. She really deserves this award."
~ Jules Oringel (9)

Service

"Mrs. Powers is an amazing teacher! Our family has been lucky enough to have her teach both our sons third grade. She teaches outside of the box and is very creative in her lessons. From a classroom garden to organizing a starry night meteor shower event, teaching philanthropy, caring, and the importance of a good education to her students, Mrs. Powers does it all. I cannot think of a more deserving teacher!"
~ Heidi Anderson



Tom Price – Elizabeth Elementary School (Shelby, NC)

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Responsibility

"Mr. Price has taught for 36 years at the same elementary school, most of which has been in the first grade. He was the first male elementary teacher in our area and has remained in the classroom the entire 36 years. He had the opportunity to move up (principal, assistant principal) but chose to stay in the classroom where he could touch the lives of children. He has been a role model to MANY students who do not have a father image at home. Mr. Price is a very dedicated, responsible, and caring teacher. He expects a lot from his students and does whatever it takes to see them achieve. He does not go anywhere in our town without a former student thanking him for what he has done for them. This is why Mr. Price deserves the $500. He is an awesome educator!"
~ Julia Price



Shelley Reed – Northeastern High School (Elizabeth City, NC)

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Integrity

"I think Mrs. Reed should win $500 for her classroom because she enjoys what she does on a daily basis and cares about all of her students. She puts in the effort and time to make sure we all understand the content. She even rewards us when she feels we are growing by understanding the material she teaches. Also, if we are not able to find a ride home from after-school tutoring, she will call our parents to make sure it is okay for us to be dropped off. She always goes that extra mile that is needed by all of her students. She is the best!"
~ Shawna Williams



Tonya Rouben – Susan Stripling Elementary School (Norcross, GA)

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Responsibility

"I think she is nice and she helps everybody pass every test."
~ Annierosa Glover

Integrity

"She is generous. She is helpful, appreciative, loving, caring, giving, amazing and my teacher. Mrs. Rouben is the best!"
~ Valerie Holland

Integrity

"She is very intelligent."
~ Olivia Rivera

Integrity

"I think that my teacher should get $500 because she is very helpful and nice to us. She also taught us when she was sick. "
~ Brenda Cruz

Teamwork

"I think she should win so she can get more supplies for the class."
~ Yasmine Gonzalez

Service

"I think she should win $500 because she is always helping us with whatever we need help on."
~ Nichole Aparicio

Responsibility

"She is the best teacher in the whole school. She is very intelligent. She is not like any other teacher. She is very specific. She makes it fun and easier to understand what she is explaining. That is why Mrs. Rouben should win $500 dollars."
~ Shakara Griffen

Integrity & Responsibility

"She is very funny. My teacher helps us by sitting beside us. That’s why I love her! I have never had a teacher that teaches a lot. That’s why I want her to win the $500 dollars."
~ Stephanie Badillo

Teamwork

"She is very helpful and she tutors kids that are very smart."
~ Debanhi Mendoza

Integrity

"She is very intelligent."
~ Miranda Anderson



Mary Showalter – Venice High School (Venice, FL)

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Service

"She has gone above and beyond the call of duty to prepare me and my fellow students for college. I am very appreciative."
~ Chris Smith

Responsibility

"She stays after school to help students fully understand the lesson and allow them to do well on tests and quizzes."
~ Emme

Integrity

"Mrs. Showalter has inspired me very much in my life. She is an excellent teacher and person. She cares about all of her students very much."
~ Evan Reppucci

Service

"Mrs. Showalter is by far one of the best math teachers, or teachers in general, that I have ever had. She is not only one of the most helpful teachers who is more than willing to stay after school and help you understand a lesson, she is a great person with an awesome personality. She is our number one fan at our sporting events, especially basketball, and is always happy and positive in cheering us athletes on to victory. I really feel she is deserving of this prize because she is retiring this year and I know she will use the money very effectively and for a good cause."
~ Juliana Cavallaro

Service

"Mrs. Showalter is my favorite teacher. "
~ Justin Taylor

Service

"She stays after school and gives me extra help."
~ Matt Mendez

Responsibility

"Mrs. Showalter always stays after school to help us with problems we don't get. She also comes before school to help us. She is a great teacher."
~ Mike Farr

Service

"Mrs. Showalter is the best teacher I've ever had. She is always there to help and will stay as long after school as it takes for you to understand a certain problem. She deserves to win $500 because she will use every penny wisely and make sure her students get the most out of the new opportunities opened by this extra funding."
~ Morgan

Integrity

"She'll never change your grade no matter how much you cry."
~ Tess Stephenson

Service

"She stays after school to help me when I have important tests or quizzes. She makes the classroom fun and easy to learn in. She truly cares about her students and their success in her class."
~ Tori Bolyard

Service

"I have had Mrs. Showalter as a teacher for the past two years. She is an excellent teacher, offering tutoring after school and truly wanting her students to succeed."
~ Zachary Doyle

Integrity

"I have had the opportunity to have Mrs. Showalter for Algebra 2 Honors my sophomore year and Calculus Honors my senior year. I believe Mrs. Showalter deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she puts in her time during the day and after school in order to help her students. Anytime you need her to help you on a math problem, she is there for you, teaching you step by step. She is friendly and an amazing teacher."

Service

"I think Mrs. Showalter should win the money because I know she can put it to good use! She really cares about her classroom and the students in it! One time she stayed after school to help me review for a test for ONE HOUR, not a minute of it wasted! It just goes to show the time and dedication she is willing to give to her students to make sure they succeed in every way humanly possible!"

Responsibility

"I think she should win because she is always available to give extra help whenever needed, she will even stay after school. She is funny and is a great teacher. She goes to many school sporting events to cheer on her students. If you see her outside of school, she will say hi and talk to you."

Responsibility

"Mrs. Showalter deserves this award because she takes pride in her job and instils the quality of responsibility within each and every student. She goes the extra mile and even stays after school to assist students who have questions or problems concerning the math lesson."

Integrity

"Mrs. Showalter deserves to win $500 dollars because of her extra effort to help students prepare for their futures. Her efforts to ensure seniors apply to colleges and try and obtain any scholarships they can really show how much she cares about her students and their future success."

Service

"Mrs. Showalter deserves to win the money because I know that she can put it to good use!"

Responsibility

"Mrs. Showalter deserves to win the money because she is always dedicating her time to us students!"

Service

"Mrs. Showalter has been teaching for many years and this is her last year before she retires. This is my second time having her as a teacher and both years with her have been my best years in a math class. She is always doing her best to make sure everyone understands and has the best chance to succeed. She would have retired years ago but her will to teach has kept her coming back each year, and as her last year I think she deserves to be rewarded for all she has given to so many students. Everyone knows her and loves her fun classroom atmosphere."

Service

"She is always willing to stay after and help out with any problems students are having."

Service

"She is always working harder to work and help students understand."



Brenda Spiers – Stephen Foster Elementary School (Gainesville, FL)

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Service

"Teachers are truly one of the undervalued assets of the community. They work far beyond the standard workday on grading papers, writing lesson plans, and updating activity centers. However, one characteristic that exemplifies a great teacher is service, and one of the great teachers at Stephen Foster Elementary that not only serves the needs of her class but also teaches service to her class is Brenda Spiers."

Service

"Service in the elementary teaching genre involves students, parents, and the community. Brenda has long established a reputation for extending a helping hand to her students. Kids at our Title One school face special challenges in meeting minimal school supply requirements. Brenda has provided aid to many students by supplying supplemental materials to meet their educational needs. She has paid for folders, markers, and flash cards with her own money.

With the needs of the students often come associated needs of their parents. Brenda addresses these needs with care and understanding. Although many parents have great financial needs, Brenda excels at addressing their connection to their child’s education. In one case, a visually impaired parent receives special large font email communications. In another, to keep a child from falling behind, a parent receives additional practice work status updates for that child.

Brenda developed her sensitivity to parental involvement when she served one school year as a liaison between teachers and parents for a rural part of the county. This position not only prepared her to address the needs of parents, but also to recognize the effect her students will one day have on the community. Her students have participated in several community enhancement programs including canned food drives and a sock drive for the homeless. By having her students participate in serving the needs of others, she has planted seeds that will blossom one day into community leadership. In turn, these new leaders will connect the needs of their community with the needs of their children’s schools.

Although teachers are overworked, overstressed, and undercompensated, they still possess a burning desire to improve the lives and the futures of their pupils. The trait is present in many forms in all great teachers; however, Brenda Spiers embodies this desire in the form of service."
~ Thomas Spiers



Drew Spransey – Highlands School (Birmingham, AL)

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Service

"Ms. Drew has served Highlands for many years. My son is flourishing in school in large part to her calm and guiding demeanor. She clearly loves the students and is nurturing and supportive of their learning. She goes the extra mile to make sure they feel special. For example, my son draws her a picture almost every day. She keeps every one of them in a folder on her desk. How special it makes him feel to know his work is valued. Highlands is a challenging academic environment. Ms. Drew pushes her students to excel, while keeping it fun and exciting. My son loves school and I credit his classroom environment for a large part of his enthusiasm. I hope you will award Ms. Drew an award (maybe even the grand prize!) for her dedication above and beyond the call of duty."
~ Anne Rand



Jennifer Tuite – Seawell Elementary School (Chapel Hill, NC)

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Responsibility

"I think Ms. Tuite should win a prize for her classroom for being organized, caring, responsible, and enthusiastic about her job. She made visits to each of her student's homes early in the school year so she could get a better sense of who the student is, for life at home directly affects life at school. She sends daily messages to the parents of her students with academic updates, praise, reminders, and suggestions. She is super friendly and energetic, very organized and an all-around superior teacher to all of the students in her class. She differentiates her teaching methods, using both new technology and traditional elementary school ideas and manipulatives appropriately. She is the best...we love her, and everyone else does too!"
~ Jaclyn Volpe



Jan Valletta – Barwell Road Elementary School (Raleigh, NC)

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Service

"I am proud to nominate my wife, Jan Valletta, as an example of what a teacher should be. My wife of thirty years has been a Special Education teacher for all the years she has taught. When my wife was a young child, she had a very serious speech problem and could barely be understood in conversation. She had a wonderful teacher who was a speech specialist in the second grade. She worked tirelessly to help my wife overcome her speech issue.

At the end of second grade, she had to be held back because her teacher knew she was not ready to move on to the third grade. This loving and kind teacher took my wife aside, gave her a hug, and explained to her that she loved her so much that she just had to have her for another year. She worked with my wife again for another year and helped her with her speech so that she could move on through her school years as a successful student.

I think that lesson of love stuck with my wife through her school years. When my wife entered college, she says she didn't know what degree she wanted to pursue. I believe that somewhere in the back of her mind the lesson of love she received as a child influenced her decision to pursue a degree in special education.

It's funny, but when I tell folks that my wife is a special education teacher, I invariably get responses like; "Oh my, that job is more of a ministry than a job." And I find that to be true. It takes a very special person to spend thirty years in the classroom with challenged children who can be very difficult, to say the least!

Over those many years I have seen Jan come home and express how much she loves her boys and girls. She always prevails, and her children excel in their abilities under her instruction. I close by saying that teaching can be a thankless job until you run into one of her students who, as an adult, runs up to her and screams, "Mrs. Valletta, do you remember me? I have a good job and three kids now." She always lights up when that happens, and it's those times that make it all worthwhile, I'm sure.

In these hard economic times, when teachers are paying for their own printer cartridges and supplies for their rooms, your program to recognize the efforts of our teachers is a wonderful tribute to all teachers. I sincerely hope that you can recognize my wife, Jan Valletta as one of the best of the best! A wonderful teacher from the past continues on in her legacy to my wife. What greater gift can be given than the gift of knowledge!"
~ Mark Valletta



Carrie Vaughan – Holly Grove Elementary School (Holly Springs, NC)

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Responsibility

"Mrs. Vaughan is awesome! She was both of my boys' favorite teacher. My youngest had her last year and I wish she would move up with him! She definitely connects with her students. My boys loved that she is sports-oriented. She is a great combination of "fun" and "let's get down to learning." That makes her well-respected by her students (and this parent). Please award Mrs. Vaughan $500 she'll make it go a long way!"
~ Kathy Schafer

Responsibility

"I think Mrs. Carroll Vaughan deserves to win the $500 for her classroom because she goes the extra mile to keep school interesting. She makes the transition from second grade to third grade easier for the students. She takes the time to become not only the students' teacher but also their friend."
~ Betsy Wells

Teamwork

"She does a great job teaching our children. She uses play to help the children learn. She demonstrates a fondness for each of her children. The kids seem to love her and want to show her their appreciation."
~ Linda Walley

Responsibility

"Ms. Vaughan has taken the effort and time to learn the strengths and weaknesses of all her third graders, and in particular my son, and has used that knowledge to make learning fun as well as productive. She brings out a sense of responsibility in the children in that they are aware of what is expected of them, but does not forget that they are eight- and nine-year-olds."
~ Brian H. Knechtel

Responsibility

"She is one of the best, if not the best, teachers in the school. Everyone loves Mrs. Vaughn. My son learned so much from the year with Mrs. Vaughn and I am looking forward to my daughter having her too. She would be able to do so much more if she wins this prize. Good luck, Mrs. Vaughn!"
~ Nate LaNeve

Responsibility

"Ms. Vaughan is always working so hard to make her classroom an exciting place for the children to learn. You should see the reading corner in there and you know she's done all of that with her own money. I'd like her to receive some support and help to be able to continue her efforts!"
~ Rachel Minihan

Integrity

"Carrie Vaughan is one of the most dedicated individuals towards the well being and education of her third graders. She is charismatic, hard-working, and always strives to do her best in whatever she undertakes. Carrie recognizes the value of high educational standards, and is an excellent role model for her students. She deserves to win the $500 for her classroom because she will make every dollar beneficial to her students learning experience."
~ Kathryn Jeffreys

Service

"I think Mrs. Vaughan deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she works 50-60 hours per week tirelessly devoted to her students. She cares about her students learning not just getting by, and she demonstrates it on a daily basis at home and in school. She is beloved by her current and former students and this is widely known throughout the school. Anything to help her in the quest for learning is certainly warranted."
~ Matt Vaughan

Integrity

"I think Mrs. Vaughan deserves the money for her classroom because she goes above and beyond her daily teaching duties. She has such a passion for her students and the profession and would put every penny of that $500 to good use in her classroom. In order to keep her students from needing anything, she often opens her own wallet to get supplies. Even though she is a young teacher, she does it with love and not a care in the world. It would be so nice to see someone help her out and give her a little bit of money that would be able to take her students above where Mrs. Vaughan takes them every day!"
~ Sarah Smith

Service

"I think Ms. Vaughan deserves to win the $500 for class room based on her dedication to the students in her classroom. She engages the students with numerous outside activities that she funds on her own, all in an effort to make the education process special and enjoyable for her students. My daughter who had Ms. Vaughan last year still speaks of her often and the wonderful time she had in the class, and how she visits Ms. Vaughan to spend time with her as often as she can. Ms. Vaughan develops a wonderful caring relationship with her students that carries on beyond the year that the children are in her class."
~ Michael Janus

Service

"I think Mrs. Vaughan deserves to win $500 for her classroom because of the hard work and dedication she has for her job. She cares about making a difference in each and every student. She enters work early and leaves late in order to create interactive lessons."
~ Michael

Integrity

"Mrs. Vaughan is a saint. I trust everything she says all of the time. Mrs. Vaughan could put this money to some real use in her classroom. Lots of erasers, Elmer’s glue, stickers, and full-length colored pencils. I cannot think of anyone more deserving for the award."
~ Dane T. Allen

Integrity

"Having volunteered in her classroom, I get to see firsthand how Mrs. Vaughan works with students. She's firm when necessary, is good for a hug when kids need it, she's very encouraging, energetic (needed for third graders) and dedicated. She helps her students "think outside the box" to enhance their classroom learning. She makes learning fun for her students. She is a valued member of the third grade teaching team and we are lucky to have her as a teacher."
~ Kathryn Young

Integrity

"Teaching is her life, and she cares for her students and their education.

Responsibility

"Mrs. Vaughan is creative with motivating her students to think outside of the box and to reach for the stars. She is dedicated towards helping others and working in a county that is distressed and with minimal resources and is need of financial assistance."
~ Amy Bauer

Service

"It was difficult to pick just one value that Mrs. Vaughan represents as a third grade teacher. My very shy and quiet daughter just recently started in her classroom after New Year’s. Mrs. Vaughan didn't find out until the morning of my daughter's first day. No problem, she had a desk, supplies, a cubby and wall decor ready for my daughter to begin. She and the class welcomed our family into her classroom with open arms. With that, I will be eternally grateful! I thought my daughter and I would be lost and unorganized for months. But no problem, Mrs. Vaughan helped us get through the hump of being lost! She isn't just about teaching; she truly loves the kids as individuals! This is why Mrs. Vaughan deserves to win the $500 for her classroom and the students!"
~ Julie Darnell

Responsibility

"She has a great heart and did wonders working with my son who needs special attention. My son loves Ms. Vaughan."
~ Christie Hupert

Responsibility

"Mrs. Vaughan consistently strives for the best from herself & her students. She engages them in activity, challenges them in studies, and strives to make the learning process fun. She deeply cares that each of her students appreciates and enjoys education, finding ways to involve them and their parents in school."
~ Beth Anne Balance

Service

"She goes above and beyond to bring exciting lessons to her students. She takes them on field trips and uses her own resources to make sure these kids have continuous positive rewards. She uses positivity as an intentional part of her everyday life and classroom lessons."
~ Kristen Bryda

Service

"Mrs. Vaughan is an excellent teacher. She is a committed teacher that goes above and beyond for her students. The year Mrs. Vaughan taught my daughter was one of the best experiences she has had. Mrs. Vaughan to this day is her FAVORITE teacher!"
~ Chrystal Holland

Integrity

"Mrs. Vaughan deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is extremely dedicated to teaching and believes that all of her students can learn regardless of their weaknesses or abilities. She is so in tune with her students. Her dedication, energy and love of teaching shows through her students because they know she cares and they can approach her when they do not know something. Her classroom has an enjoyable, inviting atmosphere. She works so hard and will utilize every penny for her classroom!"
~ Fran Cappabianca

Integrity

"Ms. Vaughan works extremely hard and does anything that is necessary to help her students. She rewards them with trips to the movies, out to eat, anything that will assist in motivating her children to strive to be their best. It is with great honor that I work with and nominate Ms. Vaughan. I wish there were more teachers like her!"
~ Tracy Spaine

Integrity

"Mrs. Vaughan works for her kids harder than any teacher I've ever known. She is selfless, generous of her time and own personal resources, full of life, fair, prepared, and is able to instruct her class as a whole while still being able to reach each kid individually. I hope you select her for she and her kids are very deserving."
~ David Jones

Service

"Carrie Vaughan is an amazing teacher. Every child should be able to have the experience that my child had in her class. She truly loves her students and is dedicated to giving them the best education that she can. By having $500 to spend in her classroom she can provide so many more learning experiences that they may not have exposure to due to budget cuts. She truly deserves this award for her dedication and love of teaching to her students. We are in year-round school and I know that she works tirelessly during our track out and vacations to plan things for the children. She certainly exemplifies every trait of a "perfect" teacher!"
~ Laurie Janus

Integrity

"Pick only one of the values listed above?! Mrs. Vaughan exemplifies ALL of those qualities. Last year my daughter had the great honor of being a student in Mrs. Vaughan's class. At least once a week I still hear how much my daughter misses her. Mrs. Vaughan not only taught our children, but she made them want to do well and learn more. She encouraged respect and hard work, traits my child will carry with her through life. Thank you Mrs. Vaughan!"
~ Donna

Service

"In a time of shrinking school budgets, Mrs. Vaughan's attitude toward her students is how she can give more to her students and help them achieve more, not less. Most folks would understandably resent an employer that is constantly demanding that teachers accomplish the same work with less, and their work would most likely suffer. Not Mrs. Vaughan. She really loves her work and seeing her students achieve. Her ability to persevere in tough economic times means that she'd greatly appreciate the money and know exactly how to best put it to use! I am proud to know her!"
~ Billy Vaughan

Integrity

"Mrs. Vaughan truly cares about her class and their success in the future.

Responsibility

"My child and I believe that Ms. Carrie Vaughan deserves to win $500 for her classroom because of the dedication and personal responsibility she takes for each and every one of her students. She takes her students' successes as her own."
~ Kristy Garr

Integrity

"There are educators who merely educate to build knowledge. Then, there are teachers who show the world as a marvel through that knowledge, inspiring children to take what they learn as a part of them and the world they live in. Ms. Vaughan is certainly a wonderful educator, but she's an even better and unique teacher. We are so blessed our son was in her class. Give her the award, she'll spend it on inspiring her kids...and that's worth more than any money."
~ Matthew Sens

Service

"Mrs. Vaughan motivates children in unlimited ways that keep kids excited about school and learning. She always goes above and beyond to find out their interests and structures her lessons to meet her kids in the middle. She does "days out" with her kids to reward them for role model behavior. On these days Mrs. V spends hours with a few kids doing the activity of their choice. The classroom bank also motivates, rewards, and teaches them about economics and money management. Ice cream multiplication sundaes, classroom marbles, dress up days, learning choice, and five-minute freeze dance are all additional ways Mrs. Vaughan keeps her kids engaged and excited to come to school each day.

She works long hours away from her family and spends a lot of her own money on classroom projects. She even works at the RBC Center selling Hurricanes merchandise as a second job just so she can conduct the many incentives programs in her classroom. Mrs. Vaughan deserves the recognition, and the extra money!"
~ Elizabeth Cowen



Sarah Visel – Morris Brandon Elementary School (Atlanta, GA)

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"Mrs. Visel is the most enthusiastic teacher I have encountered as a parent of three children. She has a wonderful sense of humor and has a passion for teaching that encourages children to learn amazing and wonderful things about this world. In October, my nine-year-old John came home and made a magnet at home from a battery, wire and nail. He does not stop reading or practicing math facts, all because he has been inspired by a great teacher.

The past week, Atlanta has been snowed in and the schools have been cancelled. But Mrs. Visel did not let snow stop her teaching. She set up assignments on First in Math and Study Island for the students to complete and sent instructions on how to download a reading log for the student to record their reading while snowed in. It was wonderful to be able to help him continue his schooling from home.

Mrs. Visel uses her high-energy, high-impact teaching style to encourage all children in her class to reach beyond their potential to learn math, English, science and social studies. She routinely works long hours to prepare interesting lessons and has utilized her 12 years of teaching experience to help other teachers at Morris Brandon become better teachers.

Mrs. Visel deserves so much and asks for so little. Please consider her as a top candidate for the May tribute awards from RBC Bank."
~ Elizabeth Hornbuckle



Stephanie Wainright – Daphne High School (Daphne, AL)

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"In these financially hard times, she still strives to improve her classroom, and her skills to teach the students. She is the IB biology teacher and has a very small budget that keeps getting cut. Last week she donated a leave day to go to a seminar because it would strengthen her skills and get access to some relevant equipment for the class. She donated her time because the schools budget was unable to pay for the time. That is above and beyond the call of duty and that is not a singular incident. For that reason I believe the money you award would be used prudently by her for the advancement of our students."
~ Mark Wainwright

Integrity

"I think Mrs. Wainwright deserves to win $500 for her classroom because she is more than just a teacher, she is a friend. She puts more time and effort in taking care of her students than any other teacher I know. She doesn’t know how to say "No." She is always there to help, no matter what it is for, whether it is making pancakes at 5:30 in the morning or reviewing music for the soccer team. She is an amazing mother, wife and friend, but most of all she is an amazing teacher."
~ Shane Maxwell



Joy Walker – Eastern Alamance High School (Mebane, NC)

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Integrity

"I think that my teacher Mrs. Walker should be one to win $500 for her classroom. Mrs. Walker is one of the most remarkable, big-hearted, passionate for what she does, teachers I have ever met. I think of her as not only my teacher but as a friend, too. She has this way of teaching that not a lot of teachers have. She teaches old fashioned and down to earth and she finds fun and interesting ways to learn that helps us to remember things.

She is someone that will be your friend the whole way through. When you’re in a bind, she’s there to pick you up and stands ready to help no matter what it costs her. For example, when it snowed one day and all students in Alamance-Burlington were out of school, she was working. She dropped by the school and saw the sidewalks were icy. She scraped off a pathway for students the next day when we come back to school so no one would fall and hurt themselves. She did that on her day off. If that’s not a super teacher...who is?

She sends us emails and tells us on our days off that she hopes that we are staying safe and having fun in the snow. She doesn’t know I’m doing this and if she got that $500 she would want someone else to have it because she’s just always trying to help someone else before she helps herself. But I am very sure she will put it to good use. "
~ Amy Foust

Service

"I think Mrs. Walker deserves to win $500 for her classroom because no matter what, she treats her students like her own children. She goes out of her way to accommodate her students, from providing study sessions until 5 or 6 after school or by always being a listening ear. She helps so many other teachers at school with technology and looking over their class when necessary. She has been at this school since 1989 and has never received recognition for her outstanding love for her students. She has so many ideas and such high hopes for her students but unfortunately is unable to fulfill her wants in the classroom due to money restraints. She completes service projects with her Civics classes and sent over 40 present bags overseas to troops two years ago."
~ April Strader

Responsibility

"Mrs. Joy Walker is a teacher that is extremely gifted in the teaching of history at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC. Mrs. Walker is also exceedingly gifted in the area of growing a young person into a young adult by blending the course curriculums with the current aspects of young people lives so they will grow and respect the history she teaches and apply these aspects to their lives as they grow forward. The kindness, time, respect and authority she shares with those around her all the time is a true gift and are only a few of the ways I can share why Mrs. Walker deserves the $500 Classroom cash from RBC."
~ Tracy Blethen



Ashley Weaver – Morningside Elementary School (Mobile, AL)

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Service

"Ashley Weaver is by far one of the most amazing teachers I have ever known. She has so much heart and puts everything she has into teaching these children and improving their lives. Much of her time, as well as her money, is spent on these kids and with these kids in and outside of the classroom. "
~ Megan Ziebach

Integrity

"Ashley is making an incredible difference in her students’ lives. She spends numerous hours outside of the classroom tutoring the children who need extra help and I have also known her to spend her hard-earned money on her students. Not only does she buy supplies for those in need, but I know she has bought clothing items such as coats and shoes for those couldn’t afford it. "
~ David Hall

Teamwork

"This teacher serves on every committee possible at school, without pay. She stays after school for tutoring, is over the cheerleaders, grade level chair, etc., all on a volunteer basis. She oversaw the third grade test preparation for SAT 10 and ARMT last year and brought their score up from 67% to 88% overall for the grade level. She continues to work on behalf of the students and the school to make it a better place."
~ Ashley Ziebach

Service

"She is one of the best teachers I know. Not only because she is awesome at her job, but because she loves and treats her children like they are all one of her own. She is basically the mom of these students because most of her students really don't have a mom. Some of the best things her students have received in life have been from Ms. Ashley. She gets each one of them a birthday present. School is the closest thing these students have to a family, and if Ms. Ashley had $500 to spend on her classroom her students would be thrilled. "
~ Lauren Milne

Service

"Ashley is the very dedicated teacher. She loves her students and her heart is in her work. She devotes her time and money to her students and gives 110% every day. Ashley works in a school where the children don't always have the necessary materials for a good classroom environment. Ashley does everything she can to provide those materials so that the children can get the best education possible. The $500 would go a long way in helping her do that."
~ Kelly Ziebach



Kaye Whaley – St. Cloud Elementary School (St. Cloud, FL)

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Integrity

"Mrs. Whaley brings out the best in her students and fellow teachers by focusing on the positive and keeping things upbeat. She uses hands-on exercises to keep her students’ attention and make learning fun and memorable. She is always smiling and giving out compliments. She assists other teachers if they need, as well as students from outside her class. Her classroom is filled with living creatures, plants, inspirational posters, pictures and many other things that make you happy when you walk in. She is a wonderful person and teacher who makes her mark on everyone she comes into contact with in a positive way."
~ Julia Soileau



Edward Wolff – Belle Terre Elementary School (Palm Coast, FL)

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Teamwork

"I think Mr. Wolff should get the $500 for class room because he helps everybody with their work. He gave the well behaved kids a spaghetti lunch in the cafeteria. He works with us to help us pass and understand what we learn. Mr. Wolff would be your best choice for the grand prize winner."
~ Brittany Dye

Teamwork

"Mr. Wolff at BTES is great, and our class is like a family and team. We all show each other teamwork, no matter if the student is different from everybody else. He really cares about our successes in life. He always helps us every day with our homework we have to complete. "
~ Dimitrius Gomes

Service

"Mr. Wolff is by far one of the most talented teachers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. If you were to walk into his classroom at any moment, you would see a room full of fully engaged, participating students. He is a very animated teacher! He teaches math and science to some very lucky students. Wolff takes the time to personally call every parent on a biweekly basis. He takes a deeply personal interest in every one of his students’ lives.

I have seen him turn around some of the most troubled, difficult children by becoming a FORCE in their lives. I watched him take a child (who had been held back before, was in legal troubles, had a very rough home life, was involved in gang activity), and turn that young man into a respectful and hard-working student.

It is amazing to see so many children flourish under his guidance. He takes the time to give free personal tutoring to many of his students. During his lunch period, he allows his students to come to his classroom to eat so they can get extra math instruction. You wouldn't believe how full his room is during their time off.

Mr. Wolff is also one of the only teachers in Florida to be able to say that of the two math classes he taught, EVERY student scored a 4 or a 5 on the Math FCAT. This is highly unusual; you can see what happens when a teacher takes such a personal and passionate interest into his students’ lives!"
~ Donia Brown

Teamwork

"I think Mr. Wolff should win because he really cares about his students. He always helps and supports an environment for children, including mine."
~ Nicholas LeBlanc

Responsibility

"I think that Mr. Wolff deserves to win $500 for his classroom because he makes learning fun and easy. He gives us parties for our good behavior. His older students remember him because he taught them so well."
~ Sandra Elisabeth DeFalco

Teamwork

"I think he should win because he cares for his students and tries to set us in the straight path for our future. He also lets us have big parties for holidays or brings special people in. If he wins, we will make the class better by do more experiments, buy us iPads so we can read on them, or even give us presents. I hope he wins. Please choose him – you will be doing us a favor and we will repay you in thanks."
~ Shamar Miller

Integrity

"Mr. Wolff goes well beyond his responsibilities to ensure his students are not only learning the required curriculum but also social skills. He tutors his students four days a week without a thought to charge for his services. He sees the need and he goes after it. He not only teaches math and science, he makes those subjects come alive.

He has students who come back years later and tell him how well they are doing in high school or college in these subjects and it is because of the type of teacher he was when they were in fifth grade. I think Mr. Wolff deserves to win $500 because he does try to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile by doing projects that require students to think outside the box and to work cooperatively. He truly cares about his students and they, in turn, love him."
~ Theresa Wolff

Responsibility

"Mr.Wolff helps us until we understand. He has never given up on us and he deserves an award for it."
~ Victor Haveman Jr.