Teacher Appreciation Nominations Blog A

Through our Teacher Appreciation nominations, we were able to see exactly how our teachers our impacting our kids and community. We want to recognize each nomination that has come in. With over 1700+ unique nominations, we are sharing the answers to our question posed: “Why does this teacher make you smile?”. The blogs are organized by last name of the teacher.

Teacher: Alina Abrahantes, Manuel J Cortez

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She is nice, understanding, loving, caring, affectionate, but strict when she needs to be. She is everything you would want in a person who is around your child while you are not there.

She is attentive and never dismissive of the child’s feelings. Ms. Alina makes school an enjoyable space…unlike MANY other teachers that work at Manuel J Cortez Elementary, including the principal.

Teacher: Mrs. Acosta, Lamping Elementary school

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She is kind, patient and fun. She engages with the kids in a way that makes them feel important.

Teacher: Feliciano Ada, Robert L. Forbuss Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Because she is very kind, very responsible for students, very patient, is a good teacher, because of her, children like to go to school to read and learn.

Teacher: Stephanie Aguilar, Durango High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

This teacher makes me smile because every day she puts a smile, and everyone face and not only that she understands her students and try’s to work things out with us if needed and she bring brightness in the her class.

Teacher: Krystal Aguilar, Canyon Springs High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Mrs. Aguilar makes me feel confident, she helped me become a leader, and I gained confidence from her. Always is there whenever I need help or need her. My teacher is amazing!

Teacher: Savanna Aguirre, East Career and Technical Academy

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She always brings the fun and the light to the room; her laugh is so contagious! She makes sure every student has fun while learning, she will always be there for you, and you can talk to her whenever for advice or anything! She’s overall the best teacher I personally ever met

Teacher: Isabel Albl, Cambiero ES

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Isabel teaches up to 50 kindergartners at a time, with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. Her goal is always to give these underprivileged five-year old’s a first class start to their education despite numerous challenges.

Teacher: Fletcher Alisha, Western HS

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She makes me smile because she is hilarious, and she always makes my day better.

Teacher: Tamekia Allcock, Cortez Manuel Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She learned to balance education and fun. She keeps the attention of the children in a way that they learn best. My son looks forward to coming to school every day. That in itself says a lot.

Tamekia goes above & beyond for everyone. Not only when people are watching but most importantly when they’re not. She puts the needs of children above everything which sometimes means helping the entire family to succeed. She is the example of a well-rounded educator!

Teacher: Christian Alvarez, Valley High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

His humor, comfortable environment in the classroom, understanding.

Teacher: Cori Jo Anderson, Kay Carl ES

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Cori Jo Anderson works tirelessly as an amazing kindergarten teacher. Her current and previous students all love her and stop by for smiles and hugs.  This year she taught kindergarten and put on a full school production of Peter Pan. She worked all day with kindergartners and many evenings with the cast to produce an amazing hour and a half show which performed for 3 days. She never once had a bad day and powered through each day with a smile on her face which was mirrored by the kids in her class and the whole cast and crew of Peter Pan. She is a smile maker!!

Teacher: Paula Anderson, Canyon Springs

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Because she is Paula :0) She makes me smile with her enthusiasm, energy, and support. Her involvement with student success in out of this world. Participating as an adviser in a couple of extracurriculars keeps her busy with no complaints. She is amazing and what she does, I am blessed to have her as a colleague.

Teacher: Brenda Andrews, Western Highschool

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Worries for her students. Wants to make sure we all pass. Helps others when needed. Checks up on us. Brightens the mood in the classroom.

Teacher: Krista Archuleta, Josh Stevens Elementary school

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Teaching is a hard profession to begin with but teaching through a pandemic is demanding and difficult. Mrs. Archuleta is always there for her students in so many ways. She is caring and always wanting to give them the best education she can.

Teacher: Jaqueline Arguelles, Valley HS

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She’s incredibly caring and wants the best for her students. She’s always easy to talk to and makes me feel comfortable 🙂

My teacher makes me smile because she is funny, and she doesn’t take things too seriously. And my teacher also cares about us, and she wants us to graduate knowing we learned at least something from her class that we can take into the real world and use to our advantage

She’s nice, she’s very patient, she helps a lot.

She is a very good teacher; thanks to her I will be able to go graduation.

She brings energy to the class and keep the lessons entertaining.

Ms. Arguelles is a real go-getter. It seems she is always volunteering her time to make Valley HS an inclusive, fun, and safe place. She always has a smile on her face and is an uplifting presence.

So let me tell you something, I hate learning about stuff like Government since it never really sticks out. But to tell you the truths, she makes it easy to understand, she makes effort to make the subject understandable. Even if things don’t stick in my brain (which is very often) she makes the time to make sure I’m up to date. Other than the educational side. Ms. A is very kind and understanding (I know it’s a cliche but it’s true soooo, take it how it is) being in her class makes me feel relaxed. (Beside the fact it’s my last class of the day) I know if I have a problem, even if it’s not school related. I know I can open up to her. Finding a teacher that deeply cares for their students is quite a challenge. But not here 🙂

This teacher makes me smile because she’s going to go around the world and back to make sure all kids succeed. She will make sure you understand each and every task.

Because my teacher gets us like the teacher knows what we are going through bad and good and I know the teacher will always be there for us.

Ms. A is an amazing and kind teacher who takes her time to understand her students. She is dedicated to not only being an educator but a positive role model and mentor. I am blessed to have experience in her class, and I wish her nothing but success!

This teacher makes me smile because she is very funny and very friendly, she is a teacher that everyone might want to hang out with.

Teacher: Sade Aribibola, Eldorado High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She’s always willing to help me out and was my best friend in school. She always pushed me to be better and was always proud of my accomplishments:)

Teacher: Jessica Arroyo, East Career and Technical Academy

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Ms. Arroyo always supports and encourages me to do my best. She wants the best for all her students and has a positive attitude all the time and makes class fun.

She is always considerate and kind!

By putting students first and making safe spaces where low stress but high challenge is a daily occurrence. By reaching out to students and meeting them where they are at and helping them rise to expectations and standards. By creating a school environment where everyone is welcomed and empowered.

Mrs. Arroyo takes invests all she has into her students. She goes above and beyond to help expand their minds. She encourages them.

She always has a good attitude and helps me out when I need it.

Ms. Arroyo always supports and encourages me to do my best. She wants the best for all her students and has a positive attitude all the time and makes class fun.

She is invested in her teaching and her students.  She is changing the lives of these young people.

She’s the best!

She truly cares, loves to positively impact the world through our youth

She tried her best to help us and keep us up with our work, she makes sure we understand what we are supposed to do. She also tries to not overwork us; this shows she knows we have a lot on our plate, and she tries to help with that.

She is so helpful for my son!  She is always positive about his behavior, even when it may be difficult to handle.  She takes time to help him stay on track, even when he doesn’t want to.  She makes it easier for him 🙂

She’s super understanding and compassionate, yet still sets clear boundaries and rules for the class. I think from a student standpoint her teaching style is super functional because we have mutual respect but also genuine trust, and I think this kind of relationship makes it fun on both the teacher and student end!

Because of her dedication to see her students succeed.

Mrs. A is great with her students and really cares about their education. She built her own library and reading area in her class for extra support and encouragement. She’s a gem!

She really does take interest and concern in her students and is quick to notify parents.

She makes funny jokes

This teacher has a good way of teaching, she helps her students learn, and pushes them to be their best version of themselves. She is very cautious about not putting too much pressure on us, and not giving us a lot of work at once.

she is a very understandable teacher and teaches very well and if you need her to go back, she will.

She makes sure everyone is on task, but she does it in a fun way. She makes sure every student realizes how important the subject she’s teaching is

Every time I come into Ms. Arroyo’s class, she always has a smile on her face and always says good morning to us. She puts her best into teaching us and does a job well done. Whenever we have a question, she is always there to help us. She will put off whatever she’s working on just in order to help us. Out of all my years of education, Ms. Arroyo has been one of the best teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of having.

This teacher makes me smile because she is kind, funny, and caring. She encourages us to do our best always and teaches us about tough subjects that allows us to form our own opinions. She is the best teacher!

Mrs. Arroyo makes me smile because she makes the funniest jokes and loves to make funny memories with all her students. Another reason she makes smile is because she really cares about me and all her other students, she doesn’t want to see us fail or even do the average.  Mrs. Arroyo wants to see all her students pass with a A. The last reason Mrs. Arroyo makes me smile is because she gets stuff for the class to use such as couches, we can sit on while we are doing work and board games to use if we have finished all our work in her class.

Ms. Arroyo is always nice and respectful towards her students and keeps her classroom clean. She is always asking around to see if students need help. She makes sure that we understand what we’re learning before we move on.

Because she is helps me understand English in ways that I can learn. She never gives up on me even when I struggle with my essays. She makes learning fun.

She is the best teacher is so happy and smiling woman

She is a very uplifting person. Mrs. Arroyo teaches her stuff very well, and she sets time to help her students with what they need. Not only that she’s a great teacher, but she’s an outstanding mother and wife.

She is so nice, and she has a good teacher, and she helps us for everything she can.

She always is trying to push us to the best we can possibly be. For example, she recently approached a student and said you’re a half a percent away from a B and told them what they could do to bring their grade up. This honestly brings a smile to my face knowing that teachers like her are always trying to work and give their students everything they need to succeed and make it as easy as possible.

This teacher makes me smile because she is always available to help us, and if we need a little extra help aside from class time, she’ll let us come in during lunch or after school. Also, she always gives us more than enough time to turn in an assignment and gives us many opportunities to raise our grade and do better in her class. I really appreciate having her as my teacher and I consider myself lucky to have such a hard-working teacher this year.

This teacher is always there for my daughter everyday she comes from school and whenever she had Ms. Arroyos class she comes and tells me how she had a great day in her class and laughed. On valentine’s day she tells me if she could get Ms. Arroyos and present since she’s her favorite teacher.

She makes me smile because she thinks of her students and puts them into consideration as well as trying to be the best teacher, she can be for us. She’s also always supportive of anything and she’s created a comfortable environment in her classroom, and she tries her best to teach us well.

this teacher makes me smile by always doing her best and putting her students first before herself.

You have to allow yourself the chance to meet her and witness the beautiful energy she radiates to everyone that she encounters. She is the most compassionate and empathetic teacher, and a beautiful role model. She goes above and beyond for her students. (Just take a look at the way she’s decorated and furnished her classroom).

You have to allow yourself the chance to meet her and witness the beautiful energy she radiates to everyone that she encounters. She is the most compassionate and empathetic teacher, and a beautiful role model. She goes above and beyond for her students. (Just take a look at the way she’s decorated and furnished her classroom).

Teacher: Alex Ashton, Foothill High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

She teaches in a style that makes you learn a lot. She always asks if a kid is okay or asks if they need something. Alex is always there for you no matter what.

I feel like Ms. Ashton is a really caring person in general. Ms. Ashton is definitely the most caring teacher I have ever had, and she really cares about mine and all her students’ well-being. Ms. Ashton will always stick out to me when I am older and she for sure makes her class very memorable and really helps uplift the school day.

Because she’s the best teaching teacher in the whole wide world like in my whole life of going to school, I’ve never met the greatest teacher like Ms. Ashton is the best if you have psychology definitely try to get her as a teacher if you got to foothill HS.

She’s always putting on a smile or trying to make people feel better even if she herself isn’t feeling exactly 100%.

She provides support and is understanding when it comes to mental health struggle and the toll school can take on one’s mental health.

She brings good energy to the class and really enjoys her job while making the lessons fun and enjoyable to the students

This Teacher is the best teacher that I have had she understands a lot and she is always greeting us with a smile as well as helping us learn properly she is the best hands down I would recommend taking her classes to anyone and everyone

Ms. Ashton actually makes me want to go to school. When she gives assignments, they are just as fun as they are educational. Every 20 minutes, she has us stand up and stretch for a “brain break” to make sure we are still actually capable of learning. Towards the end of each quarter, she gives us a whole class period to work on assignments from her class or other classes. She always encourages us to have discussions and consider all sides and perspectives. She’s also really supportive of everyone and tries to attend every game, rehearsal, show, or recital one of her students might have to make sure that all her students know they have at least one person there to support them who is cheering them on.

She makes the class really enjoyable and fun to learn. She also has a really good sense of humor that brightens my day. I look forward to her class every day and just getting a fresh breath of air from a negative space.

This teacher has by far been one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had. She is so genuine and shows that she really cares about each of her students. All of us love her so much. She never fails to lift us up and put a smile on all our faces. She deserves so much recognition for everything she does for her students and our school.

She goes above and beyond every day for all of us. She always makes sure everyone knows she is there for us and always does everything she can for us to succeed

She makes me actually want to come to school, I look forward to coming into her class every day. The subject matter is interesting to learn.

She is genuinely a nice person, and she always is consideration of everyone in each class.

She cares about each and every one of her students. She takes the time make sure everyone is being successful. She makes us know that we are able to come to her if something is going on at home or anything. She also makes it known that she is going to report it but we feel safe enough to comet to her.

Teacher: Danielle Asselta, Bob Miller Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Mrs. Asselta always makes my day. Every morning when I walk into her class, she always gives me a complement or even makes a conversation with me. If I need help on something she is sure to help me out and make sure i understand it before leaving class. 🙂

Her humor, Kindness, Enthusiasm, Sassy personality, and her effort in helping and teaching students.

She makes the class fun by making assignments that necessary for the material and are fun to do. She always makes sure she’s there for her students.

Ms. Asselta is an amazing teacher to her students. She gives us very fun assignments and tries to make sure we always like and are interested in what she is teaching. She tries to not give us homework all of the time because she knows we already have a lot of work. She also has a super fun personality and is a really nice person.

Ms. Asselta is a great teacher she is my favorite teacher; I love when she subs for my other classes to. She makes me smile, and her work for her class is fun as well.

She makes me smile because she has a lot of character. She finds a way to make learning fun.

Ms. Asselta makes me smile because she’s always in a good mood everyday ready to teach. She is very nice and sweet. She is a very thoughtful teacher and one of the best teachers I’ve ever had my entire school life. When I’m done with 7th grade, I’m really going to miss Ms. Asselta. Every day in the morning it would be bad but thanks to Ms. Asselta it isn’t that bad at all. She makes my day every day and I wish I could have her as my history teacher until I’m done with school but I can’t. Whenever I struggle with things in history Ms. Asselta is always there to help.  She is an amazing teacher and I hope she wins the award! That is why Ms. Asselta makes me smile. 🙂

She always makes my day better by being my teacher.

Teacher: Necole Atkins-Dowd, Barry Gunderson middle school

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Mrs A.D. goes the extra mile to align a relationship with the children! All kids who attend her class look forward to it and she is beyond love for caring and willingness for the students

Ms. AD goes above and beyond for these students. She takes math to the next level through activities that make math come alive such as graphing linear equations with sidewalk chalk, telling stories with quadratic equations, and playing the game of Life with real life scenarios. Ms. AD brings a smile to my face each time I hear about her engaging and interactive applications.

Teacher: Amir Abdullah-Hasan

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Because he always makes me laugh

He always helps me with my work.

Teacher: Clarissa Acosta

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Clarissa is fabulous with the kids, absolutely makes them smile every single day! She is a devoted and caring teacher, a leader in the Lamping community. She is the computer science teacher for her grade level and is part of the school STEAM Leadership team.  She makes learning enjoyable and fun by being creative and sensitive to the students’ needs. All 31 of the kids were online for over a year and now they’re lucky to be with Clarissa in class, in person, every day!

Teacher: Joseph Amey

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Mr. Amey goes above and beyond to allow his students to experience their learning.   He is a teacher that the students feel they can go to at any time with questions or for advice.  He works tirelessly to establish community partners so that students can get hands on experience in their education.  Teachers that care about their students success in life and not just in class, deserve some extra recognition and Mr. Amey is well deserving.  Thank you.

Teacher: Aron Anderson

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Mr. Anderson is the most intelligent teacher I have ever had. He takes the time to really understand his students, and how they function. He truly knows his students and remembers them after they leave his classroom. He took the time to reach out to me when the pandemic first hit to make sure I was okay. He noticed I wasn’t participating which wasn’t normally for me, and in reality, I was really sad about the pandemic ruining my senior year of high school. Knowing he realized a shifted in me without even being around me made me feel so much better knowing he was my teacher, and I know he has continue his same amazing work!

Teacher: Melissa Angle-Ceniceros

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Ms. Angle-Ceniceros goes above and beyond in making sure her student’s needs are met in a way that promotes their strengths and increases their independence, while challenging them academically, all while supporting their social/emotional well-being!  Her integrity is impressive and a huge asset to our profession! Teaching the wide variety of cognitive levels is a challenge for even the most seasoned special education teacher, but because she is passionate about learning, she makes it all look easy – AND she never waivers to help other teachers too! She is just amazing and working with her inspires me to be a better teacher every day!   Not only does she make me, and her students smile — she also makes me laugh (a lot) – which makes a HUGE difference on rough days!

Teacher: Krista Archuleta

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She’s so kind, loving, caring and the best teacher to my kid.

She is Kind caring friendly and helpful. My son adores her so much.

Mrs. Archuleta makes me smile because she ALWAYS has a smile on her face. She has helped my daughter grow into a confident student in her reading.  She’s a very patient and loving teacher and most of all she’s a great communicator with her students and parents.

My son has ADHD and is “handful” at times. He has trouble sitting still and following directions, but she knows how to get him back and keep him on track. He loves to go to school because of her. She is very patient and understanding with him when he is having a rough day. Mrs. Archuleta always communicates with me about how his day is going. She is an amazing teacher. You can tell she cares about each of her students. She is the reason my son loves going to school again. I hope my 1st grader has her next year!

She is one of the most kind, patient and loving teachers both of my children have had since we moved to Las Vegas. So much so when her family was going through a tough time. Both my daughter Briseis and son Tristan (Her current Student) offered to pray for her and her family. She always approaches every situation that needs attention with love and care for both the families of the students and the students themselves. I love her as a teacher to my children current and past.

My son loves her and says she’s the best teacher he has ever had.

She is super involved with her students and really pushes them to be better!!

Teacher: Erika Aslin

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Because she is always helpful and is always happy and excited to teach new things.

Teachers play a significant role in our lives, and we are thankful for them and all they do for our community every single day. We understand how important their job is in student development and learning and know they work tirelessly to educate children and add value to their lives! Thank you, you are our heroes!