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Teacher Appreciation Week: Share Your Praise for Monrovia Teachers Here

We all had teachers who made a difference in our lives, and recognizing those teachers becomes especially important as budget cuts make their jobs even harder.

One week isn't enough time to show appreciation for the people who educate our children, but at least it's a start.

This week marks "Teacher Appreciation Week," and it couldn't come at a better time. With all the bad news coming out of school districts these days--, the , the --this week marks a perfect time to step back and thank those that have helped you and helped your children grow and succeed.

So please share photos and stories about your favorite Monrovia teacher in the comments below. Tell us what they did for you, or what they've done for your child, and we'll collect all the comments for a special post.

We'll start off the praise by thanking Monrovia High Renaissaince Coordinator Paul Dols, who has been blogging with us about the students at MHS who have been admitted to 4-year universities. The idea is to recognize them in the same way athletes are celebrated for signing with colleges, and we think it's a good one. Thank you Paul!

Gayle M. Montgomery May 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
My kids are older and only attended Monrovia schools for a short while. The teacher that most stands out to me at MHS was the very colorful, take no hostages, Ms. Eleanor Tye (I'm probably mutlilating her name). She was quite the character and told it like it is, but she taught the kids something that is often severely lacking in curricula, some common sense life skills. I know she is retired now, but there were a lot of great memories. My schools were in Azusa. There were many great teachers in my time that inspired me. My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Glendening, taught me to tie my shoes when I thought I was going to flunk shoe tying. My 7th and 8th grade teachers, Ms. Zuleski and Mr. Teeter both believed in me and my classmates and inspired us to be more inquisitive. Mr. Butcher, the high school journalism/English teacher, taught and showed us to stand up for what we believe, not unlike the MHS Drama teacher. Mr. Kostman and Mr. Hirsch made me believe this is my world. I own it, and if I don't like how it is, it is my responsibility to work to try to change it. Ms. Betty Johnston taught me to appreciate good literature, especially the contemporary kind. Madame Schelling made me feel like I was in Paris regularly and Dr. Constenla not only taught me Spanish, but her Argentinian background encouraged me to later take Italian. I owe a lot to my educators. It may have been 9 months of my life for each, but they left me with a lifetime of enrichment.
Carmen Martinez May 09, 2012 at 05:56 AM
For my children today, I have to say that Ms. Lopez and Ms. Dunbar have had the most impact in my children's lives. Ms. Lopez is just the perfect combination of motherly and strict teacher. As a Kindergarten teacher, she is just what our kids need to transition! Ms. Dunbar, bless her heart, moved one of my daughters from a Kindergarten level to the 2nd grade level that she was in one short year. She gave me tools to help my daughter and I will be forever grateful to her. All of our other teachers are amazing as well!
Carmen Martinez May 09, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Looking back at my own education in Monrovia, there were several teachers that stand out, but the one that had the biggest impact in my life was Debra Myerson. She entered our art work in just about anything that was available. Our artwork was exhibited at the LA County Museum, at the Biltmore Hotel, at the Mount Saint Mary's College and many other places. We won money for ourselves and for MHS. It was fun, educational and unforgettable.
Janie Duncan May 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I would like to praise Noel Hernandez Counselor from MHS. The Monrovia Rockhounds are giving a $500 Scholarship this year to a student majoring in Earth Science and she has been great helping us set this up. She was my son's counselor when he attended MHS and helped him a lot with getting him into college. (He is getting his first degree this summer) I also read that she is one of the staff that is to be terminated due to budget cuts. I would like to state that this is unacceptable. She is vital to Monrovia High School. Monrovia School Board please keep her on staff.
Christina Hinojosa May 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
My son's favorite teacher would be Miss Carpenter, 4th grade at Mayflower Elementary. I thought she was tough but when he talks about his favorite teacher it's her. Just goes to show that kids need and love structure, tough love and a caring teacher. Thank you Miss Carpenter for the many lessons!

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