In my first classroom in Guadalajara, Mexico.

I don’t know about you, but there are many teachers who have played a significant roll in shaping my life.

Mrs. McCoy taught me in 1st and 2nd grade. She had a way of drawing out my quiet side and showing me how valuable I was as a member of our classroom community. She instilled in me a love of learning from a young age.

Mr. Blaser infused fun with everything that he did in his classroom. I remember 5th grade with a lot of smiles on my face! From the pair of pet rats our class kept to classroom kickball rewards, everything about that year was fun. Even when I was down to the 11th hour finishing my science fair project!

Literacy Day when I taught 4th grade.

Mr. Bylsma was my 7th & 8th grade social studies teacher. He had so much patience with us. I don’t know of very many people that would say, “take me back to middle school!” It’s a rough time for all of us as we navigate how to become our own person. Mr. Bylsma had a way of making us all feel like we had value and modeling how to treat each other kindly.

Mrs. Gilbert was my choir conductor through all four years of high school. She taught me so much more than the technical side of vocal performance. Determination, dedication, team work and the value of practice are all things I learned from her choir classes and after school lessons while preparing for All-State auditions.

End of the year gifts for my students.

Mrs. Kissler taught me AP Statistics my senior year of high school. The dedication she poured into her lessons and the determination she had with ensuring her students would not only understand the material, but also grow into thoughtful adults is admirable. The math may not have stuck with me (although I did go on to take a graduate-level stats class when completing my masters), but the character lessons have!

Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 8th. Tell us on our Facebook page  or Instagram page about a teacher who has made a difference in your life or your child’s life. We will choose one lucky winner to receive an Emporium gift card and a rice pack to give to that special teacher, as well as, a set of Tegu magnetic blocks to use in his/her classroom! The winner will be announced on Monday, May 7th.

My classroom when I taught at Denver Christian Schools.

UPDATE. We chose Mrs. Bledsoe of Meadow View Elementary as our winner! Here is what a current parent had to say about Mrs. Bledsoe:

“Mrs. Cindy Bledsoe has been so wonderful. She teaches 1st grade at Meadow View Elementary. I volunteer in her class every Thursday and she makes the kids so happy. Using their imagination to help them learn and making sure every kid is on track or getting the help they need to catch up. It’s hard handling a whole class of around 24 kids of their age and she does it with a smile and likes what she does. My daughter loves her and that means a lot to me. I remember having mean Elementary teachers but the teachers who made me like them I never forgot the lessons they taught. On my daughters birthday she sent a personal birthday card in the mail and made Mika (my daughter) feel special. She has been teaching for a while almost every parent who has had kids at Meadow View knows of the infamous Mrs. Cindy Bledsoe. She will be retiring in a few years and I feel that getting a gift like this will show her extra appreciation for the teaching she has done over the years in Castle Rock.”

A huge thank you to all who nominated teachers who have made a difference in your life or your child’s life! We appreciate all of the teachers in our community and the difference they make!