Every year, as regularly as annual report cards, I ask my college students to recall their favorite elementary school teachers. Now that the school year is ending, here's a "report card" on the many wonderful teachers we have in the Tri-Valley.

Mrs. Starr, Murray Elementary. "She had us do fun activities that helped us learn. For example, we did a science project where we got to build our own tornado." -- David H.

Mrs. Judie, Golden View Elementary: "She had a welcoming smile and had the class interact with each other. She didn't grill us but rather worked on our social development skills." -- Krishan P.

Mrs. DeYoung, Fredriksen Elementary: "She did a lot of activities with our class that were interactive. She also gave me stuffed animals when I was bullied, and we wrote hardcover books in the class." -- Nicole P.

Mrs. Johnson, John Baldwin Elementary: "She was incredibly compassionate. She made me feel very safe and brought me comfort during my mother's illness." -- Gia V.

Mrs. Carr, Bollinger Canyon Elementary: "She was really soft and motherly to the class. She treated us like family. She made learning cursive fun. She brought her dog in every Friday." -- Christina G.

Miss Murphy, Greenbrook Elementary: "I remember learning to write in her class. We went on field trips around the school. I gave her a small pot at the end of the school year. She still uses that pot." -- Keegan O.

Mr. Glatze, Sycamore Valley Elementary: "He took time to make sure school was fun and that we were learning. He also contacted me on Facebook to check in and see how I was doing." -- Matt M.

Ms. Lane, St. Isidore's School: "We were always doing creative activities, and she was very nice and helpful." -- Mary Ellen B.

Mrs. Currin, Dougherty Elementary: "She treated all of her students with respect, even though we were young third-graders." -- Kyle C.

Ms. Leumen, Dougherty Elementary: "She was the most caring and helpful teacher I have ever had. She is exactly what all elementary school teachers should be like." -- Jared C.

Mrs. Locus, Lydiksen Elementary: "She really helped me work through my learning disability. At the end of the year, she gave me the class quilt to keep. I still have it to this day." -- Shannen H.

Mr. Richie, Greenbrook Elementary: "He was hilarious! He was my favorite because he made class fun and always made us laugh." -- Kim A.

Ms. Reamy, Tassajara Elementary: "Her assignments were always fun and never too challenging. If they were, she would help you every step of the way until you understood it. I enjoyed playing with our class pet, which was a tortoise." -- Connor D.

Mrs. Curtis, Tassajara Elementary: "She helped me so much because I didn't know any English and she had so much patience with me. She never frowned and always gave us cookies and treats." -- Tori M.

Ms. Humphrey, Rancho Romero Elementary: "She made me feel like a superstar every time I did something right. She loved to do games, songs, dances and arts and crafts, which I loved." -- Ashley P.

Mrs. Taugher, Nielsen Elementary: "She put up with so much from me and somehow still saw the good in me. I really will never forget her." -- Connor L.

It looks like our teachers get straight A's!

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