Caitlin Sotelo was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
"I have only been working with Ms. Sotelo for this school year, but I can already see how incredibly dedicated she is to her students," said the colleague. "Ms. Sotelo is here super early every morning, and she often stays super late, as well. She is very innovative in her classroom, working with students who have more specific needs than the average kid. She is a teacher, mom figure, friend, therapist, and a million other people to each of her students. I've never seen someone handle such a tough job with such grace. I would argue that she's easily one of the hardest-working and most dedicated teachers I've ever seen in all my years of education. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work and dedication to her students. There aren't many teachers like Ms. Sotelo, and her students and our building are so lucky to have her."