Position: Social Studies Teacher
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School: Sonoran Trails Middle School
School District: Cave Creek USD
City, State: Cave creek, AZ
Shannon Griffith was nominated by Sherlyn Halloran, a member of the community.
As an amazing single mother of two, Ms. Griffith puts her all into everything she does. She was born in the Midwest, but has spent most of her adult life in Arizona. She attended The College of Charleston in South Carolina and earned her Bachelor's degree in elementary education.
Ms. Griffith has been teaching for Cave Creek Unified School District since 2001, and she loves her school. Her passion is teaching social studies and English to quirky middle schoolers. It takes a special person to teach middle schoolers! She spends countless hours before and after school working with both students and colleagues. When she is not sharing her love of learning, she spends her time hiking, traveling, reading, exploring new places in the area, and making memories with her own two children. Her goal is to make sure her students and children not only grow up in a healthy, structured environment, but play an active part in the local community, as well.
Outside of teaching, Ms. Griffith is a real estate agent for additional income. She also participates in the following extracurricular roles:
- She is a member of the Tech Cadre Leadership team, helping teachers to integrate technology and give students more “ownership” of tools they can use to show off their learning.
- She is a member of the Personalized Learning (PL) Committee. This group brings PL to life for teachers to integrate in their classrooms, allowing students to have more one-on-one opportunities with their teachers and take more ownership of their learning.
- Ms. Griffith is the Veterans Heritage Project Advisor, connecting students with local community Veterans in order to share the Vets’ stories in a published book and their recorded interviews with The Library of Congress.
- She is a member of the Teaming Planning Committee, which is bringing the teaming concept back to her school and moderates the teaming during the school year.
- Finally, she is a certified Google Classroom guru.
"I have seen Shannon in action," said Halloran. "She exemplifies a true dedicated educator with excellence in the tireless hours she gives to her students, teachers, school and local community. She never asks for anything in return. Her wish list may consists of new books for her students in her English classes to read. She is changing the world, one student at a time."
I would agree that Ms.Griffith is a life changer. She made the dreaded middle school years a fun experience for my son and I can’t wait for my daughter to be in her class as well. She is a great person all around and advocate for teachers and students!
Ms. Griffith is my 7th grade Social Studies teacher. She is a very good teacher and helps us prepare for tests by making it fun. I loved the escape room she did for the unit Imperialism. She is kind and helpful and cares about everyone she meets. Social Studies is very interesting with Ms. Griffith. I am also lucky to see her in Builder's Club and Track and Field after school. She is very energetic and full of happiness. I am excited to enter her classroom everyday!
To have a daughter's teacher come up in conversation five years after being fortunate enough to be in her classroom is to know her teacher is a "life changer". Shannon Griffith is that teacher! She inspires middle school students to bring their best to class every day. Not an easy feat! Her passion, her care, and her ability to make each student feel like they are the most important person in the room is her gift. How lucky we are that she continues to guide young lives in Cave Creek every day! I am positive our house is not the only house that hears her name long after middle school is complete!
Shannon’s zest for life is contagious!
Her passion and dedication for her students is genuine. Her leadership skills are grounded in her desire to make education the best it can be for both today and tomorrow’s students.
She is very much deserving of this recognition!
Me Griffith was my 7th grade E gloss teacher. I came half way through the year and she made me feel welcomed in comfortable. She wasn’t only a teacher but a person to talk to that seemed to genuinely care. She was such an amazing teacher she definitely deserves this award!
My daughter was new to the school and had Ms. Griffith. She was the best thing to happen for my daughter. So kind, compassionate, caring and just all around fun teacher. Really helps to have someone who loves her job and is so passionate about what she does in MS transition years. She has stayed in touch and still supports my daughter to this day. She is one of my daughters and my favorite teachers of all time. Totally deserving of this honor!!!
Inspiring! She encourages her students to not just succeed, but to achieve to be the best they can be. She believes in each student that they are capable to be better in and outside of school. She encourages students and their families to volunteer and give back. We are so grateful that she has come into our lives and our daughter has come into her classroom. She is a true "life changer"!
Ms. Griffith is such an amazing teacher! It is obvious that she cares so much about school and her students. She encourages us to always be our best selves no matter what. She is a great teacher, an amazing person, and most of all, a life changer.
Ms. Griffith is a great teacher, she does more than teach she make students truly understand their subject. Ms Griffith has been my teacher for a half year and in that time I have learned so much from her, more than I ever have from prior teachers. Ms.Griffith is the teacher I and many of the other students at my school go to when they have a question about school, homework, ect.
Mrs. Griffith is the best teacher ever. Every morning when I see her she makes me smile to see her. We learn a lot in her class and it is really fun! She helped me get comfortable middle school. She works super hard and she really deserves to win. She's amazing!!!
HI. Ms. Griffith is a grate teacher. I have here in 2020. She is so cool. The best teacher that can teach you social studies.
Shannon is truly a life changer. I had the incredible opportunity of spending my senior residency with Shannon as my mentor teacher as I completed teachers college. I started learning under Shannon just a couple months after my mother passed away. During that difficult “first year” Shannon was so much more than a mentor teacher. She inspired me with her grit, passion, love for teaching, and care for her students. She always showed up with a smile and determined attitude. She taught me so much professionally but possibly even more as a friend. As we grew as friends I realized that Shannon was one of those rare people who could be going through her own “stuff” and still gracefully walk through it all while pouring into others and especially her students. Any student who sits in Shannon’s classroom walks away knowing she truly cares about them and she is one of the most inspiring middle school teachers I’ve ever met.
Through some of life’s lowest moments and also some of the happiest, Shannon is someone I know I can turn to for wisdom and advice as a colleague and a friend. She is more than deserving of being chosen as a “Life Changer of the Year”.
I am so grateful to have you as my mom and you are more than just a great mom. You’re a great person. You’ve done more than just help me with homework assignments. You’ve helped me find books I love to read and study for tests. I’m glad that lots of students like you as a teacher and that you were nominated for this award because you deserve it.
I love you.
Shannon is an amazing teacher. My son had Shannon for two years in her English class. He struggled in school due to a learning disability and often felt frustrated and defeated. The only class he said he didn’t feel this way was in Shannon’s class. She was patient, kind and positive with Max. He is now a Junior and has done great in every English class he has taken in HS. We know this is because of Shannon’s hard work with Max. He often talks about what a great teacher is and we are excited that our younger son will hopefully have her in middle school too!! Thanks for everything Shannon! You’re amazing!
Shannon is one of the best teachers we could have ever asked for. As my daughter started her first year in middle school, Shannon made the transition for her easy. Shannon is teaching our kids to be mindful of the world around them as she prepares them to go out into it. My daughter has said on many occasions that Shannon is her favorite teacher. I can see that she has made an incredible impact on her students and we really appreciate everything she has done for them. Shannon - you are AMAZING!
She is not only my teacher for class but someone I can always talk to on campus when I’m not having a great day. I know she will listen. She came and showed her support for a student outside of school. She came with her daughter to my Nutcracker dance performance. It meant a lot to me and my family. I look forward to social studies everyday just so I can say hello!
Not surprised, my dear friend. Not only do you inspire students, you also inspire your colleagues. So proud to have known you in and out of the classroom...
She has a passion for teaching and helping students. Plus she is just a kind person! Wish you the best of luck!
Such a great human and wonderful teacher two of my three boys have had her through the years!!
Good job Mrs. Griffith! It’s no surprise you got this award. You work so hard for our happiness, and thank you so much for that!
Shannon is the most selfless teacher, coworker, mentor and friend. Throughout my career I have experienced many leaders, but none have affected my life as much as Shannon has.
Mrs. Griffith was my 8th grade English teacher, and I still remember how much fun I had in her class being a freshman at ASU now. She was one of my favorite teachers that I would come home and tell my mom about and everything she taught me that day! I still see her occasionally through work, and she never fails to bring the biggest smile to my face. If every teacher was like Mrs. Griffith, every student would be excited to go to school every day:) she deserves this more than ANYONE!
I had the good fortune to work with Shannon when I was interviewed for the Veterans Heritage project. Her dedication to the program and Vets was apparent from the get go. STMS is lucky to have her as a teacher.
We love MS Griffith. Both of my older children had her for 7th grade English. She taught them things that they still refer too. She is the type of teacher that goes the extra mile for her students. We are lucky that both kids had her and we consider her a friend.
I had Ms. Griffith when I was in middle school in the early 2000’s! She taught my social studies class & I still remember her kindness towards every student. She strives to make learning fun & makes sure everyone in her classroom feels important. She is very deserving of this nomination!
I have had the privilege of working with Shannon for her entire career in Cave Creek Schools. She is an excellent teacher and inspirational mentor for our new teachers. Shannon has two amazing children and I was lucky enough to serve as their elementary principal. Shannon’s mom is a great support
for our schools too. Thank you Shannon for all you mean to CCUSD.
Shannon taught both my daughters and is a former teacher colleague of mine in the Cave Creek District. Not only is she a dedicated and talented teacher, but she is also a very caring and compassionate person who truly loves all of her students. You just have to read what former parents and students say on her Facebook posts to know how well-thought of she is in the Cave Creek Community. Her dedication and compassion reaches far beyond the classroom walls. Shannon is so deserving of this recognition!
I have known Shannon since I was a student of hers in 2001. Now 19 years later I’m still just as connected with her as I was being in her class. She’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life. Shannon has so much love and compassion that it is unmeasurable. There are so many former students, current students, friends and co-workers that would say Shannon is definitely deserving of this recognition. People in life would say that they are so lucky to have crossed paths with Shannon in one form or another.
Ms. Griffith is an outstanding teacher. She was my older daughters teacher a few years ago & we loved her. I’m bummed my youngest didn’t get her this year.
Shannon has been so kind and welcoming since my first day on campus. She is one of the teachers that always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She is really funny and has gone out of her way to make sure I feel included here at Sonoran Trails Middle School by inviting me to her workout group, extending invitations to social gatherings, and always asking me how I am doing and letting me know she is happy that I am part of the stinger family. I look forward to working with Shannon and getting to know her even more. She is amazing and I can see why she is so beloved at STMS.
Ms.Griffith is the best teacher I have ever had. She is makes class so fun. I know that I learn so much last year with her as my 7th grade English teacher with out her I would have never been able to learn so may new things for example I learn how to make a great I am poem. I would have to say she is by far my favorite teacher no one else has gone the lengths to help us learn like she has. She is always there to talk to me and help me with school and at home stuff. She always greets me with a help in the mornings when I enter the school. She is always the first one to ask me about my performances and when and what I am doing it them. I love Ms. Griffith for everything she does to help me. So I am very happy that she was able to be nominated. And I can’t wait to share this with all of my friends and her former students.
Shannon is the kind of teacher every child hopes for. I still remember my older brother's relief and elation when I told him she would be teaching my Social Studies class. I very quickly understood why my brother regarded her so highly.
To be met each day with a huge smile and a heart full of compassion is something many people go without. Looking back, it feels like Shannon made a conscious decision to make sure none of her students ever did. If she ever suffered struggles or frustrations, from teaching or elsewhere, none of us kids were ever the wiser. She is simply that good.
I didn't have friends in my Social Studies class, but for reasons I didn't understand at the time that never mattered when I entered her classroom, or even as I made my way there. She ignited my lifelong interest in Social Studies and history and showed me how influential a teacher could be. I feel she is an exemplary educator, and I am not surprised in the slightest to see that so many of her fellow teachers and faculty feel the same way. She truly deserves this award.
Shannon is more than a teacher of students. She is a teacher of teachers and continually mentors officially and unofficially. Even though I am quite literally old enough to be her mother, she was my unofficial mentor and inspiration as a middle school teacher. I learned many things from Shannon about incorporating Language arts into all subjects, about differentiation and about compassion.
I am also honored to say I am a community member and parent of former student, so I have known Shannon from many roles. Her strength, her kindness, her passion are part of every role she has. Most importantly, she is always her best self. Shannon has changed the life of many and greatly deserves this honor.
I have worked with Shannon for the past three years and one thing I can say is when you ask for help Shannon is right there. And she will follow up to be sure that the problem is solved - she is our school "problem solver" - she is awesome to work with, always with a sunny disposition!
Shannon is a great teacher because she makes learning fun, makes connections with her kids and truly cares about the profession. I’ve worked with Shannon for over a decade. She is a great colleague and friend. I should also add that she volunteers her time as a CCEA site rep. Just another thing she does to show how much she is dedicated to the profession!
Shannon Griffith is the epitome of a life changer. Whether it’s the way she influences her peers, students or even parents of students, she is always offering her time, thoughts, and energy. As a teacher, Shannon expects nothing but the best of her students and she inspires them to work hard, to make good choices and to be their best selves. As a peer, she sets an example of what a teacher should be. She is constantly learning, she works hard to plan fun lessons, she’s always looking for ways to perfect her craft and helps/inspires others to do the same. I am honored to be Shannon’s teammate and can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.
congratulations! Im so glad you're my S.S teacher you make the class fun!
I have worked with Shannon nearly 20 years. She is a dedicated teacher, mother and special friend who I’ve been privileged to have in my life. As a speech language therapist, Shannon has always been available to talk about our special needs students during her busy schedule. She is compassionate, and very supportive of their needs. Our staff and students are blessed to have her.
I could go on forever but wanted to share Shannon is a star ?? in our crown at school, community and with families. Shannon is very deserving of this award.
Both our boys have and has Shannon as a teacher! She is an amazing teacher and has so much passion for her students! She makes each child feel important and helps them to become the best version of themselves! She is very deserving of this title!????
She is very kind and super nice. She knows how to handle problems and always helps kids with their struggles.
Ms. Griffith is an amazing teacher! She knows how to keep the class focused and working. She always works really hard to help her student if they have a problem. I really appreciate all she does. You can tell she works hard to make her classes fun.
You are the best social studies teacher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Griffith deserves this award so much. She is an amazing teacher. She has inspired me to help my community more than ever with builders club. She is also very passionate in helping her students (including me) learn as much as we can. She is a role model to me and makes me want to become a teacher just like her. She is very caring and kind. I am so happy that I am able to have met her and have her as my teacher.
Congratulations Ms. Griffith!!! Thanks for everything you do. You are a great teacher and an even better person.
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I was lucky to work with Shannon my first year teaching. She was such a great mentor and role model. Students loved her mainly because she was so caring and created a classroom full of new opportunities for hands on learning. Unfortunately, because of budgeting issues, I was laid off. It was very difficult for me as a young, new teacher. She had the students write notes to me on index cards and created a fun box to put them in. Not only was she a single mother, raising two children of her own, successfully running classrooms full of 7th grade English students, but she had also taken the time to do something like this for a coworker? That’s the kind of person Shannon is! I was lucky to have worked with someone like her.
As a former student of Ms. Griffith and now a teacher myself, I believe she is beyond deserving of this recognition. Ms. Griffith puts her heart into teaching and makes it known to her students how much she loves them and wants them to succeed. She showed me what it means to be a teacher that makes a difference in the lives of their students and is still to this day a role model to me! Teachers like her are the reason I joined the profession!
Shannon inspires me to be the best teacher I can be. She is always ready to listen, give advice, and/or jump right in and help out. Thank you Shannon, for all you do for our students, team, and school.
Shannon is a great teacher who does so much for her students. This year she is teaching Social Studies and doing an amazing job. I have not talked with any students that don't just love having her for their teacher. She goes above and beyond in everything she does.
Ms Griffith is an excellent teacher. Not only is she passionate about teaching but she makes a personal connection with the students. Both of my kids looked forward to her class. The bar was set high in her class and her students were prepared for high school. One HS teacher asked the class if they had Ms Griffith and those that raised their hands were allowed to move on with the assignment while the others were given a lesson in annotating. We are lucky to have Ms Griffith in our district.
Shannon is my daughter’s 7th grade Social Studies teacher this year. She comes up with new and innovative ways to teach history to get her students excited about the content. My daughter loves her class and is learning so much!
Shannon taugt both my daughter and my son in seventh grade. She not only taught them language arts but also modeled how to be a good person and a contributing member of society. Shannon truly cares for each student and takes the time to listen to them. And oh my goodness is she patient and accepting! Shannon is definitely deserving of this recognition!
Mrs. Griffith taught both my brother and I and is without a doubt the best teacher either of us had in our ENTIRE education at CCUSD. As a pillar of the community I have seen her at countless events including funerals of her past students to offer support. For myself she helped gather items from her class and others for a charity I was working. Throughout the years we’ve stayed in contact and has supported me with kind words of encouragement both good times and bad. I don’t think the entire town of Cave Creek would be the same without her certainly CCUSD. I am very fortunate and thankful to have had her as an educator and mentor!
I had the honor of working with Shannon at Sonoran Trails and I witnessed daily her outstanding care and concern for her students and colleagues. Her professional and eternally positive attitude made us all strive to be better. She is a true role model.
Shannon is an amazing teacher. I had the pleasure is meeting her last year when my oldest was in her classroom. The care and compassion that she has toward her students in and out of the classroom will exceed any parents expectations.
Shannon’s love for teaching and her nurturing ways makes her the best candidate for this award. Thank you for making a difference, Shannon!!
Shannon is such a well respected teacher in our district. She leads teachers in new learning, keeps literature fresh and exciting, and builds strong rapport with students, staff, and parents.
Shannon's tech tips are invaluable. She is always happy to share her ideas and help out whenever she can. The kids love her and we are very lucky to have her at STMS.
I was privileged to be able to hire Shannon Griffith early in her career and it has been a pleasure to watch her grow not only in her professional skills but also, and more importantly, in her passion for supporting each of her students both in their academic achievement and in their emotional and social skills. Shannon is one of those special teachers who is able to balance the academic needs of her students with their personal needs. She builds strong relationships with their parents and collaborates with them in order to serve their children. Shannon also understands the importance of collaboration with all members in a school community in order to most effectively serve all members of the student body. That is one of her many strengths. It would be hard to count the number of students whose lives she has touched, whose efforts she has encouraged and whose progress she has celebrated. she is an extraordinary teacher and I strongly support and recommend her for the Life Changer award! A perfect recipient without a doubt!
Shannon's tech tips are invaluable. She has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to share it. I am very lucky to be working with her.
I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Shannon for many, many years (I won't say how many....but it's a bunch!). In all that time, Shannon's professionalism and acumen has been inspirational. She is a superior teacher-leader, especially when it comes to helping our staff with technology and innovative instructional methods. Both Shannon and I have been co-sponsors for the Veterans Heritage Project for several years, now. She is incredibly motivating to our student members and she is both sensitive and mindful of the importance of getting our veterans stories recorded. It is thrilling to see Shannon nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Award. I can think of no one better to represent what that award stands for.
Shannon is an awesome middle school teacher who is very passionate about teaching and assisting students to achieve all that they can. Shannon is always willing and ready to take on additional duties outside of the classroom because she knows that it is the right thing to do and is good for kids. She inspires many including myself to be a better human being every day.
I have worked with Shannon for the last 6.5 years, and she is an amazing teacher and friend! She cares for her students and gets to know each and every one of them. Her students know that she cares about them as individuals and that she wants nothing but the best for them. She is very passionate about teaching and her students. She is a leader here at school. She is a part of Tech Cadre, her team liaison, a mentor teacher, the Veteran's Heritage Project Advisor and one of the advisor's for the Friday Sports Club, along with being an advisor for Builder's Club. She is such an amazing teacher and colleague. I have learned so much from her. She is always willing to help, both students and staff. She works hard and always has a smile on her face! I couldn't think of anyone more deserving than my very good friend, Shannon. I know her students think the world of her and so do I!
Those people who have had their lives touched by Shannon are fortunate to call her teacher, colleague and friend! She personifies what it is to be passionate about both who and what you teach! She is a gift and our school is lucky to have her.
Shannon goes above and beyond to teach students much more than content. She cares about her students on a personal level, and they respond by taking an active role in their education. I admire her as a teacher, but even more so as a role model for our district.
Shannon is an amazing educator, mother, and community leader. Her passion to help others is second to none. I’ve known Shannon a number of years now and I’m amazed at her ability to make time for others while being a single mom on a teacher’s income. The Cave Creek community is very blessed to have this woman leading their kids.
Shannon Griffith was my teacher starting in 2004. She always was there for me then and still is now. I got myself into a lot of trouble after middle school and ultimately ended up spending a decade in prison. My middle school teacher may not know it, but she is a huge reason I’m not adding to recidivism rates now. It’s now been over 15 years since I sat in her classroom yet she’s still making a impact. Please choose this more than deserving single mom!
Model teacher, model parent, model human being! With a smile on her face and a skip in her step, her positive and caring attitude is infectious! Teaching middle school teens can't be easy, but her passion as an educator is obvious and a true calling. Ms. Griffith embodies LCOY!
Shannon is committed to student academics, but what sets her apart from others is her commitment to connect with each student as well. She strives for each of her “kids” to make a connection to an adult on campus and expects the best for everyone in and out of the classroom. She cares about their mental and intellectual growth.
Shannon is an amazing teacher with high expectations, but more importantly, her students know she cares. She is someone they can come to with problems and share honestly with her. Someone like her is a priceless gift to teens.
Shannon is committed to being there for her students! <3 Well deserved! :)
Shannon was my daughter’s English teacher in 7th & 8th grade. She holds her students to high standards all while getting to know each one and making them feel understood and special. Shannon is truly one of a kind ??.
Shannon is not only passionate about being an educator, but more importantly in creating life long learners who believe in themselves. Shannon encourages all of her students, and because she believes in them.... they learn to believe in their own capabilities!! I couldn’t think of a more deserving person for this honor!!
Ms. Griffith is known for her motto “be your best self”. She says this to her students and to her own children, but most importantly, she lives by her words. There is no one more deserving of this award. Shannon Griffith is a teacher who truly cares about her students, their futures and who they choose to become. Her smile is contagious, her kindness immeasurable, and her passion for teaching inspiring. Life changer? Absolutely.
Ms. Griffith is a welcoming face we see every morning before school starts. Evey morning she is out front of the school greeting all students that come her way. She stands there with a big smile on her face making everyone's day start off feeling welcomed and ready to have a great day. Her smile is contagious and you can't help but smile in return. Her students are lucky to have her in their lives.
My 4 daughters each had Ms Griffith when they attended STMS. She is an amazing, compassionate, kind teacher. Teaching to each student and sharing her love of learning along the way. Now adults, my daughters will sometimes refer to Ms Griffith as one of their favorite teachers- as a parent, I’m thrilled that my daughters were able to add another amazing woman to their list -
I would like to add that Shannon also encourages her students and friends to give back to the community as much as possible and has revived the Sonoran Trails Middle School Builders club to help students doing excellent community work.
Ms. Griffith truly is an amazing teacher. Her care for students and love for them to excel goes way beyond any other teacher I’ve ever seen. I am so happy for her students because I know that every day when they walk into her classroom they will always be treated with love, respect, and wisdom. She Is one of those teachers that you pray your child will get just so they will be influenced by, not on just the subject she is teaching, but life lessons that she presents in her classroom. Thank you Ms. Griffith for being you to your students. You are amazing!
I would just like to start off by saying thank you. You have done so much for Lincoln and I. You have inspired me to do great things and continue to support me in the things I do. You help me with so many things. From helping me with homework assignments to helping me solve friendship issues. You are an amazing mom and I am so grateful for everything you do for me.
Shannon is very deserving of this award. She works tirelessly for her students and school. Her leadership and encouragement of students in her classes or clubs she sponsors goes above.