It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—a time to honor the devoted teachers in our lives. This week we are highlighting five teachers who were nominated by colleagues for their outstanding contributions and dedication. Each of these teachers will receive $100 in books from Booksource. Thanks to teachers everywhere for all that you do!

Angel Rodrigue


Angel Rodrigue, 1st grade teacher at Milton Elementary, is most deserving of an award for purchasing leveled text for her Angel Rodrigueclassroom.  Angel is one of the most dynamic, dedicated, child-centered teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with in my career.  Her devotion to ensuring every student in her classroom makes a year’s growth in a year’s time is the standard under which she operates.  She prides herself in being able to differentiate instruction and meet the individual needs of each student entrusted to her care.  For many years she has taught second grade and worked very hard to build her resources to meet the needs of students at this grade level.  This year she embraced a grade level change to first grade and a building change to a building that does not have the wealth of resources that were available to her in the past.  While she has worked diligently to secure materials to meet the  needs of her students, she would benefit greatly from additional support.  She would carefully select materials to spend the money on that would match the needs of her students and be utilized daily.  Personally, I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.

Grade Level: First Grade

From: Lafayette, Lousiana

Favorite Book: Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Favorite Teaching Moment: My favorite moments are when I become the characters inAngel Rodrigue
the books when reading to my class.  Aren’t all teachers closet actors?

When you have free time you like to: I love to spend time at my family’s camp. We have camp fires,
fish off our dock, and enjoy the serenity of nature.

If you were an animal you would be a: Butterfly

Favorite Food: Mediterranean cuisine

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Angel love’s to cook!  She says, “My husband looks forward to our “gourmet
summers” because I have extra time to research recipes, shop, and cook.  Our
two teenage daughters keep us very busy.”

Angel Rodrigue

Congratulations Angel!

We want to recognize other nominated teachers for their outstanding work. Each teacher will receive $25 in books. Thanks for all you do!

Susan Foster from St. Augustine, Florida

Michelle Kunz from Des Moines, Iowa

Kelsey Bower from Iowa

Cindy Barnhardt from Arkansas

Linda Marshall from Florida

Ana Chacon from Florida

Cynthia Hutchinson from Florida

Michelle Martinez from Florida

Karen Mejia from Florida

Esme Leal from Humble, Texas

Kristin Henness from Oklahoma

Gerald Stephens from Hoover, Alabama

Melinda Willingham from Cullman, Alabama

Ann Marie Corgill from Mountain Brook, Alabama

Sara Henry from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jessica Czymanski from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Angela Sadowski from Racine, Wisconsin