Monday, November 30, 2009

Teacher of the Week Inspires New Generation of Educators

The newest Fulton Homes’ “Teacher of the Week” was nominated for not only being an exceptional English literature teacher, but also preparing her students for life beyond middle school. Christie Roe, an eighth grade teacher from Phoenix-based Christ Lutheran School, will be featured on the KNIX Ben and Matt Show Friday, Nov. 11, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Roe was nominated by one of her former students, 18-year-old Kortnee Manning. Even though it has been years since Manning had Roe as a teacher, she still stands out to her as a source of inspiration. Due to Roe’s influence, Manning aims to pursue a teaching career herself.

“[Roe] prepared us more for college and life in general than our high school teachers did,” Manning said. “She showed me that teachers could be your superheroes in life.”

Manning is now on the path to become a “super” instructor like Roe. She is currently in college studying secondary education.

“Mrs. Christie Roe has changed my life,” Manning said. “I started eighth grade wanting to get out of school and just be done. She made me want to make time slow down as much as I could learn as much as I could.”

Roe also commits herself to all aspects of Christ Lutheran School. According to Principal Cheryl Ehlers, in addition to her already heavy teacher workload, Roe works with students on the school newspaper, chaperone’s dances, leads school field trips and more.

“She goes out of her way to make sure her students exceed in the classroom and their lives,” Ehlers said. “She commits to way beyond the 8 to 3 school day.”

Every week, students are asked to nominate teachers like Roe for the chance to win a prize package that includes $300 in cash plus prizes from Fulton Homes and the Dairy Council of Arizona. The winning teacher will also be spotlighted on the KNIX Morning Show with Ben and Matt, where they will receive special recognition on their Friday show. At the end of the year, the 34 winning teachers will be honored at a special luncheon, where one outstanding teacher will be selected as “Teacher of the Year.”

“The best educators do more than just teach, they inspire,” said Douglas Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “Mrs. Roe has been an inspiration to her students to be the best they can be in their lives.”

1 comment:

  1. This is such an awesome program KNIX picked up. Teachers don't get recognized enough. It is nice to see people like those at Fulton Homes and KNIX distinguishing the teachers who are exceptional at what they do.