Teacher Appreciation Nominations Blog D

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:  Callie Daleo, Canyon Springs High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She always has a great attitude to teach, she makes me excited to learn and she is also very humorous and encouraging. I love that she loves what she does!

Teacher:  Robert Davis, Southwest Career and Technical Academy

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Even though, this teacher does not make me smile all the time, but I really appreciate all the time and work he puts into our class. This Class may be a challenge for him, but he tries to manage it. From what I saw from the beginning of the class and now. There is a major difference there were more students participating and more students were engaging with one another. I believe that my english skills increased a tremendous amount. Although it’s not great I at least improved.

Teacher:  Janice Dawson, Del Webb Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  My daughter struggled in Math when school began but now Mrs. Dawson and Math are both her favorites.  She tells me all the time 🙂 When the holidays came, she kept adding things to the cart for Mrs. Dawson’s present.

She always makes me smile because she is always super kind, and really funny. I love being in her class all the time cause she always helps all the students, and is really supportive of all of them, including me.

Teacher: Laurie Day, Doral Academy Pebble Campus

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Mrs. Day always has a smile on her face and she deeply cares about every student at school. She’s always there to support students whenever something is happening and she’s an overall cheerful person.

Teacher: Maritza Da La Fuente, Southwest Career and Technical Academy

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? This teacher brightens my day. I always look forward to seeing her and she’s the teacher that makes me smile when I’m having a bad day. You can talk to her and joke around with her. She remembers little details you tell her as well.

She makes me smile because she is an extremely friendly and sweet teacher, she’s easy to relate to and is an astounding, stupendous, wonderful, spectacular educator. Out of all of my teachers, she is my favorite. Her method of teaching is refreshing and commendable. She has many incredible qualities and is very easy to communicate with. I’m extremely grateful for her.

She’s very funny and she makes learning easy and fun.

This teacher makes me smile because I genuinely feel like she enjoys us in her class. I do like all my teachers but, there’s just something so nice and reassuring about Ms. De La Fuente, I feel safe in her classroom and also her very nice and easy-going personality makes all the kids in the class get along with each other and creates this really warming and effective environment.  To be honest in the beginning of the school year I thought she was like those wannabe Gen Z teachers because,  I remember she showed us a slideshow with some memes and I already preparing myself but, I soon realized that she was just such a good teacher that cares about us and, I feel like if I ever needed anything or had to talk about anything I could talk about it with her without any worries.

She’s funny and bonds with all of her classes.

This teacher makes me smile because she is an overall great person. She makes learning fun and the classroom environment feel like a safe space for anyone. She is kind to everyone and makes everyone laugh. She is just a great teacher in general.

I like how the assignments are pretty easy and how the class has a good vibe to it.

This teacher makes me smile because she always makes jokes and always has fun when/while teacher. I appreciate how this teacher takes the time to make the learning environment fun and the class enjoyable.

She knows what it’s like to still be a kid. She isn’t like one of those teachers who put up a video or gives a book to read and answer question from it. She actually gets involved with our learning and she doesn’t make it boring like normal English teachers.

She is a really fun teacher who makes the class fun and talks to the table I’m in a lot, in fact, she likes to socialize with the class sometimes, and she always wears something really cool or nice looking that gives her more of a student look than a teacher, and I like that type of change.

She is always making jokes and making us laugh. The way she teaches the content is fun and she makes learning fun. She is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.

This teacher makes me smile because she really knows how to lighten the mood during class when there seems to be a problem. She knows how to make us students laugh with her jokes.

She is someone I can talk to everyday, and I can tell her my problems. She helps me come to a solution and helps me when I am struggling. She makes learning enjoyable and connects with the students with ease.

Teacher:  Maria Dela Cruz, Bonanza High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Cause her class is fun!!!!

Learning is Important to her.

She makes me smile when I learn a lot from the teacher.

Teacher Janine is a hard-working teacher. She loves children. She has a heart in teaching. She is passionate in what she does. She will inspire you to strive more.

Teacher: Remifor Demesa, Dr. C Owen Roundy Elementary

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Mrs. Demesa has a genuine love for her students.  Even when she is not feeling 100% herself, her students see the same energetic and enthusiastic teacher.  In the 3 years that I’ve been at this school, I’ve witnessed her transform students that despised walking into the building into students that are always willing to participate in lessons.   I feel a breath of fresh air when I walk into her room and see her students eager to learn.  She always makes time to talk to her students on a personal level. 

Teacher: Ms. Narwal Desalegn, Durango High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? because she teaches well, and we talk in class

Teacher: Ashley Diggs, Heckethorn Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? I had Mrs. Diggs for 4th grade, which was 5 years ago, but I still think about the lasting impact that she has on me to this day. She was such a wonderful teacher that made her students feel safe and included. She was so kind and encouraging to us. Out of all my classes in the 10 years I’ve been attending school, Mrs. Diggs is definitely one of my favorite teachers.

Teacher:  Chelsea Donnelly, Josh Stevens Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Amazingperson and great leader.

She is absolutely so loving & kind and enjoys all of the children!

Because my daughter told me she loves that Ms. Donnelly uses real, personal examples when teaching the kids life lessons. Ms. Donnelly makes me smile because she makes my daughter smile!

Mrs. Donnelly was a 1st grade teacher for a few years at Josh Stevens and they needed someone to move to Kinder.  She made the move although she really did not want to leave her team and her first graders.  However, nobody else offered to do this so she went ahead and made the move.  She has done so much for this grade level!! She has dealt with so much and always keeps a smile on her face.  She has so much love for her students, and you can see the passion she has for teaching. 

Mrs. Donnelly is truly amazing. She goes above and beyond to make everyone around here feel loved. She truly cares about her students and has a passion for teaching. There are many more reasons why she makes me smile.

Her enthusiasm for the kids and her job.

She’s such a patient and compassionate teacher. You can see how much she loves her job, which makes for such a fun environment for the kids.

She is kind and funny and super engaging!

Chelsea makes me smile because she comes in to work every day smiling, and it’s contagious. Chelsea will always make you laugh and is such a positive person to be around – just the kind of teacher we need!

She has dedicated so much time and passion into her work especially with the last 3 years being so tough! And She is funny and fun.

Teacher: Kara Donnelly, Goolsby Elementary

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Reaches out directly about my and the other students to keep us abreast of our kid’s specific progress, needs and accomplishments as well as class-wide goals and activities.  Further, my son genuinely looks forward to going to Ms. Donnelly’s class and tells us what he’s going to learn and work on each day and even what his “classroom job” responsibilities are. Ms. Donnelly is clearly an inspirational leader and teacher as well as ab exemplary. communicator.  This makes me smile:)

Teacher: Michelle Douglas, Goolsby Elementary

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Very positive and makes the class so much fun for the students.

Teacher: Mrs. Dubinion, Rancho High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  She always has good energy going around her knowing she got personal problems but never lets them in her class room or students notice

Teacher: Beth Dworkin, Goolsby Elementary

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Mrs. Dworkin goes above and beyond for my children. She holds them accountable and still finds a ways to make sure they have fun like children. My son and daughter have excelled as readers and writers in her classes. She cycled up with them as first their 4th grade teacher and now their 5th grade teacher. She answers texts, emails, and phone calls at all hours and can always have the answer!

Teacher: Debra Dwyer, Goolsby Elementary

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Mrs Dwyer is an amazing teacher. She is always smiling and welcoming. She shows compassion toward all her students. She makes them feel special. Because of her my child is thriving and loves his school and teacher. He smiles going to school every morning.

 Ms. Dwyer spend lots of time with the kids, Evan after school time. my kids always ask her different kind questions, some are not related to school at all. but she still very patient to answer them. she even went to my kids ‘s piano recital to give them support. That means a lot to them.

Teacher: Kimberly Davidson, Canyon Springs High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Mrs. Davidson makes me smile because she always tries her best to be happy every day and her class is never boring. She is a great teacher and I really hope that she gets this prize because I wholeheartedly know she deserves it. 

Teacher: Megan Davis, Teach Las Vegas Charter School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Miss Davis is the best teacher she loves her job an out her heart ❤️ teaching.

She teaches my son Emmanuel to start reading.  Her techniques to teach are wonderful, I can see the results on my boy he is so happy.

I see her working during class she so patient dedicated talented enthusiastic lovely teaching her class second grade kids I saw it’s is hard to keep them sitting but Miss Davis transmit calm to them can be sit at lease for reading lesson

She just live to teach. We are so happy to meet you and all you hard work you put on my son. 

Teacher: Michelle Day, Doral Academy Pebble Campus  

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?

Michelle is by far the best teacher we have on our campus. She is the perfect mix of firm. fair, and fun, which makes the students love and respect her.

I met Michelle 4 years ago. When she teaches math, she ensures all students understand and explains concepts in a way that allow students to grasp them. Her style of teaching provides students with ample opportunities to participate, ask questions, and circle back to explain their understanding. Her state test scores continually go up, which proves that even though standardized testing can have a reputation of one size fits all, Michelle teaches all her students, both general education and special education, how to prepare and be successful on exams.

I am honored to work alongside her and learn from her on a daily basis.  

Teacher: Thomas Delgado, Selma F. Bartlett

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Mr. Delgado is funny and very kind. He helps us when we need it.  -Liam

Teacher: John DiPalo, Grant Sawyer Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? This teacher makes me smile because of all the music and stuff we do, he is funny, exciting to be with, very fun, an AMAZING teacher, my favorite teacher, and I wouldn’t want to change Mr. DiPalo for another teacher.

Teacher: Lisa Dixon, Garehime Elementary

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? We absolutely LOVE Mrs.Dixon. She is down to earth and has helped Leam so much this year. He is excited about school and cannot wait to see her each morning. Mrs. Dixon was like a Knight in shining armor. She knows exactly how to get Leam out of his funk if needed and he has progressed so much from where he started. Not only speech vise but social, behavioral and overall. We need more teachers like Mrs.Dixon. She goes above and beyond for her kiddos to make sure they are learning and striving. Leam has never come home and said he had a bad day. That’s how it should be. He should love school as much as she enjoys teaching her kiddos.

Teacher: Kelly Dodder, Harney Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Because she puts her entire being into everything she does for our classes and personally she’s helped me so many times with my crazy life countless of times and I really hope she knows how much we love her, and I hope she wins this because she deserves it for everything, she does 🙂

An amazing teacher that continues to put in effort for her students to succeed in and out of the class.

Teacher: Brooks Donolli, West Career & Technical Academy

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Is inclusive to every student, style of teaching is engaging and makes me want to learn, even when the topics can be boring.

Teacher: Scott Du chateau, Discovery Charter School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? He tells me to try my best. 

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!