Ace-high in pupils’ eyes

Joni Farinacci, Grand Mesa M.S.

Lon Brouse, Redlands M.S.

Amy Smith, Grand Mesa M.S.

Stephanie Williams, Wingate Elementary

Dane McCabe, Nisley Elementary

Amy Warinner, Chatfield Elementary

Carol LeCrone, Mt. Garfield M.S.

Meredith Grenfell-Bird, Broadway Elementary

Scott Davis, Mount Garfield M.S.

Kathy Ellis, Fruitvale Elementary

Donna Wasneski, Redlands M.S.

James Haas, Dual Immersion Academy

Diana Murray, Grand Mesa M.S.

Many Grand Valley students respect teachers’ expertise both in their subject matters and all the other matters teachers deal with during typical school days. Taking part in Teacher Appreciation Week, students express thanks to those who have helped them learn how to achieve winning hands in life.

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Dear Mrs. Farinacci,
I want to thank you for all the help and support you have given me over the past year. I’ve learned a lot more in your class than I have in any other class.

When I first walked into your classroom, I thought you were going to be a very mean teacher. As the year went on, you turned out to be really nice and respectful. Every day when I walk into your class, you have a smile on your face, no matter how bad your past classes have been.

I really like that you let us sit by our friends. I really appreciate your teaching me in the fun way you do. I know we have had our fights, but we always get over our little disputes.

When I get a bad grade in your class, you always help me get that grade up. Every day you are always very fair. I like that you let us work with partners and don’t get mad when we talk a little too much. I truly think that you are the best math teacher I have ever had.

Alex Fenn

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Dear Mr. Brouse,

My eighth-grade math class seems to be lacking without the pleasant talk of your sheep. The Pythagorean theorem just isn’t the same when you’re not teaching it. I miss the daily updates of your corn crops and the way you would say “Ms. Tate!” when you knew I wasn’t paying attention.

Your math class was a daily adventure, and I miss your teaching. Thank you for everything.

Annelise Tate

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Dear Mrs. Smith,

You have gotten me through some rough parts in the road. You have never put me down and have always helped me out. You were always funny and caring to me. You got me out of situations that I never started and had nothing to do with. I have always appreciated you. I have always thought good about you!

It seemed like I was the only kid you didn’t have problems with. There are so many words to describe you, Mrs. Smith. You are so bright and always going. That is why I appreciate you.

Your student and old friend,
Anthony Chavez

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Dear Mrs. Williams,

I remember you were my fifth-grade teacher in ’06-07. I was nervous. It was only my second year of living in Colorado. Turns out, you were from Iowa, just like me! After the fun-filled year ended, you were getting married when I was going to be in Iowa! I attended your beautiful wedding and saw you more than a teacher:  a role model.

You taught me many things in life, and you have always been there for me in tough times. Thank you for everything!

Your former student,
Emma Taets

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Dear Mr. McCabe,

You are my favorite teacher and always will be. You are my favorite because you always helped me with my work. We have a good relationship, but sometimes we have problems and we always solve them. Thank you for always being there for me.

I hope that you will help me in the future. I wish everyone could be in your class. But not everyone is as lucky as me. I am your biggest fan!

Jordan McCabe

PS:  Thanks, Dad!

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Dear Mrs. Warriner,

Even through my tears because I couldn’t do division, you stayed calm. No matter what fourth grade threw at you, you stayed calm and cheerful. I loved the way you told your stories and the way you acted just like us. You tried to relate to us, and you succeeded. You really were a kid and you made teaching fun. Out of all my teachers, you went above and beyond.

Because you showed me how fun it is to teach, I have learned my dream to become a teacher. Also, because of you, I have set my goals to succeed. Not only have you taught me the basics, you taught me to never give up and to try my hardest. I will never forget the deeds you did for me.

Thank you, Mrs. Warriner, for being there when others weren’t.

Jessica Morrison

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Dear Mrs. LeCrone,
Thank you for helping me learn how to type. I can type so much faster now, and I don’t have to look at the keys!  You are teaching me so much, and you even let me take the test when I missed it. Thank you!

Mariah Cordova

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Dear Mrs. Bird,

You were the best fourth-grade teacher I could have asked for. You changed my life with your red, curly hair and your fiery energy. You were always fun to be around because of your stories and just your bubbly personality.

You taught me a lesson I will never forget. You, Mrs. Bird, taught me to have a positive outlook on life, to try and look past the negative things and to always be kind to people, no matter who they are. I am truly thankful for you, Mrs. Bird.

Carrie E. Lane

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Dear Mr. Davis,

I want to thank you for all the things you do. You are a nice teacher and treat every student fairly. You do the best you can to teach in a nice and easy way to understand. You encourage everyone to do their best, and we are becoming a great band!! Thank you for being such a good teacher.

Brenden Clark

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Dear Mrs. Ellis,

Thank you, Mrs. Ellis. You are my favorite teacher. I loved when you made the flower letter jigsaw puzzle. When we did the M&M math, I had a lot of fun. When I went to your class, you helped me through reading.

My favorite part of your class was when you made popcorn and we read Mr. Wigley books and played games. You had the best class I have been in. You made class fun with your bright smile. You made me want the year to never end.

Your old 2nd grader,
Kaysee Cadman

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Dear Ms. Wasneski,

Thank you for everything you have down to help me through middle school. I hope you can help more kids your life. So, thank you very much.

Ben Stites

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Dear Mr. Haas,

Thank you for being an awesome and cool P.E. teacher. Thank you for playing with us in kindergarten, first, second and third. Thanks for teaching us how to play basketball. Also, thanks for taking us to the monument. You are the best!

Johanna Banana

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Dear Mrs. Murray,

At first, I thought you expected too much from me. Reading and writing are not my most favorite subjects. I just wanted to take a minute to put my feelings out there. You really pushed me a lot. I can see why. You just wanted me to do my best. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate what you have done for me.

Kaleb Fejeran

Dear Mrs. Langland,

You were my first through fourth grade teacher at Thunder Mountain School. What I most remember about your class is when we did our Daily Language Reviews.

My favorite part about your class was math, when we would do fun assignments (or at least I thought they were). You taught me more about math every day, such as when we were learning about cylinders and spheres and also when we had fake money for doing things. Thank you for helping me achieve the math skills that I have today.

I liked your personality as a teacher. You would help my friends and me. You laughed a lot, and I am reminded of you every time I hear the Jeopardy song and think of how you used to sing it while waiting on someone. You were the teacher who made me like school.

I loved getting your letters in the mail, saying that I was in your class again the next year, and I was always so excited to come to school to see my friends and my favorite teacher.

Thank you very, very much!

Madison Snyder

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Barb Atkins, a retired teacher, explains why she asked her students to say thanks:







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