Since 2017, Charter School Capital has held an annual essay contest celebrating exceptional teachers. We call it the Dewey Awards, in celebration of Mr. Richard Dewey – a teacher who provided exceptional mentorship to our founder and CEO Stuart Ellis. Every year we get a brilliant selection of stories written by students from charter schools all over the nation. This year’s winners are featured here. But each of these stories is worth sharing.

This week we bring you a story written by Kimberly Agee, celebrating Mrs. Audrey Blancato of Desert Star Academy.

Mrs. Blancato was my daughter’s teacher last year. She not only helped me as a Mom to know that my daughters’ vision was struggling, she also handled the COVID transition with the utmost organizational skills, as well as constantly be available to her scholars for them to be successful.

Not to mention, she also has 4 children that were needing her help as their Mother. She is always so professional. She talks to her scholars with respect and love. She encourages reading daily and somehow always got the scholars to do that. As a 3rd grade standard of multiplication, she was able to keep the kids interested and engaged even from the zoom meetings.

All her scholars have respect and love for her and are sad to leave her class, but she keeps them excited to continue on to 4th grade and helps make them successful!

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