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May “Teacher of the Month” Selected

Posted: Monday, May 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Samantha Gronlund


A second grade teacher at Twin Cedars Elementary is the May winner of the Ulrich Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Radio Teacher of the Month award. Connie Azinger was nominated as someone who is hard working, dedicated and truly has a passion for teaching. Her current and former students say she makes learning fun, encourages them to be creative and is always there for them when they need help. She says this is what she strives for each day. Mrs. Azinger says she’s always wanted to make a difference in her students lives and does what she can to make her students the best they can be. She says she feels very honored to be recognized for doing a job she is very passionate. Mrs. Azinger will be rewarded for her hard work with the use of a vehicle for the month of May and a check to Twin Cedars Elementary School for $250 courtesy of Ulrich, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury in Pella. To nominate your favorite teacher send an email to including their name, school and why they should be selected.

Here are the nominations she received…

“I would like to nominate Connie Azinger for teacher of the month.  She teaches second grade at Twin Cedars Elementary.  She is a hard working and dedicated teacher.  This year there is only one second grade with 24 students and she goes the extra mile for each and every one of her students.  I am privileged to be the full time associate in her classroom this year.  Here are a few of the things her students had to say:

She makes us laugh and eat snacks in class.  She makes holidays special.  At Halloween we made bat windsocks.  During Thanksgiving we wrote stores about “If turkeys could talk” and “If I were a turkey”, then we got to make turkeys and hang in our room.  Christmas time we got to make gingerbread houses and we all got to bring some kind of candy for our houses.  She also gave each of us a box of crayons and a book.  We got to wear our pajamas to school one day and watch the Polar Express movie, and we even had tickets and had hot chocolate and snacks it was so much fun.  Presidents day we made Abraham Lincoln and George Washington hats and got lots of fun activity pages to do. St. Patrick’s Day we got to write Leprechaun stories those were a blast, we also colored leprechauns.  We are studying about the pioneer days and we made covered wagon books and got to watch Little House on the Prairie. She is teaching us multiplication and division which is very fun.  She makes math fun, we use Geo boards and number wraps, and we got to use jelly beans and noodles to learn multiplication.  Sometimes she will make math mistakes on purpose just to make sure we are paying attention.  We learn new spelling words and get to read new stories every week that go with our lab pages.  We celebrated 101 days of school by making dalmation projects and we even got to watch the movie and made hats with ears they were cool.  She gives us fun activities.  She is nice.  She helps us when we need it.  She is the funnest and nicest teacher.  She is the number one teacher in the building.  She is my favorite teacher ever.  Sometimes she reads us funny stories like Junie B Jones and even talks like Junie.  SHE’S THE BEST.

From her students:

Trenton, Kaya, Athena, Shelby, Emery, Jaimee, Skylar, Kirsti, Coltin, Martin, Caiden, Damian, Logan, Ashley, Zach, Tytus, Hunter, Kate, Caitlyn, Austin, Jessica, Trevor, Tess, Cole

Mrs. Azinger’s 2nd grade class 2009-2010″

“I would like to nominate Connie Azinger from Twin Cedars for teacher of the month.  She goes above and beyond to help all of the students she has in her classroom.  She truly cares about each and every one.  She has worked at Twin Cedars about 18 years and is loved by all of her students.  She is also a joy to work with.  She gets along well with everyone and is a very special person.  Thanks for your consideration.”

“We are fifth grade students, and would like to nominate our second grade teacher, Mrs. Connie Azinger as a teacher of the month.  She helped the students in her class learn math ,spelling , and reading.  She is so nice to her students.  She is so caring and funny.  She helped people who needed it.  She is one of the best teachers in this wonderful school.  She is the best even in hard times.  Every student and teacher are glad to have her here at our school.  She has a great personality.”

“I would like to nominate my Second Grade Teacher, Mrs. Azinger, for your teacher of the Month award.  She makes learning fun and enjoyable.  She allows us to be creative with our thinking and she shows us the importance of reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Mrs. Azinger is always there for us when ever we need help. I hope you consider her for this award!”