Position: Third Grade Teacher
School: Zamorano Elementary School
School District: San Diego Unified
City, State: San Diego, CA
Bonnie Laughlin was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous.
Ms. Laughlin is full of life! She greets every student as they come through the school doors in the morning. She may not know everyone's name, but she knows quite a few. Her smile is warm and bright, and she welcomes students and staff with a big hug. She is kind and sincere in everything she says. Her presence lights up the room, and she is always there to help others, even when she may be going through personal issues of her own. She makes every child, parent, teacher and staff member feel welcome at Zamorano Elementary School. While many staff members are struggling to wake up or get organized for the day; Laughlin is full of life, greeting the day and everyone in it.
Ms. Laughlin makes a difference, not only in her students' lives, but in all students' lives at her school. She brings a positive atmosphere to Zamorano, and even though she hasn't been there for very long, she is the school's number one cheerleader.
"I know first hand how nurturing she is to students, and I have taught her class when she was busy or at a meeting. She wants her students to feel comfortable and to feel safe to express their opinions. She also had some students who would get low blood sugar, so she wanted to make sure they had the energy they needed to learn," the nominator said.
When Ms. Laughlin needed to be out of her class for more than a day, the nominator taught her class and incorporated a few ideas of her own to help things run more smoothly in her absence.
The reason why Ms. Laughlin stands out is because she isn't just a teacher. She cares about her students and her school, and everyone knows it. No one needs to ask if she cares about her students, because it is evident and obvious in everything she does.
"I do not know where she gets her energy," the nominator remarked. "What I do know is that Mrs. Bonnie Laughlin is one of a kind. One in a million. She brings Sunshine to Zamorano, every day."