By Natalie Delintt
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon’s Marla Aehlert won an award for Excellence in Education because a former student nominated her on 99.9 KEZ radio.
Yasinya Peterson, one of Aehlert’s former students, nominated her for the award. She won for the month of November 2015 and received a plaque that has her name and an apple on it, two certificates, and a check for $99.
“The award made me feel fantastic,” said Aehlert. “I felt very loved.”
KEZ’s Marty Manning came to CCJH to surprise Aehlert with Courtney Castelhano and Peterson in tow. The trio gave Aehlert her prizes while students took videos and pictures to capture the moment.
“They came to my room on Monday, Nov. 9, and surprised me in the middle of fourth hour,” said Aehlert.
Peterson chose to nominate Aehlert because she had her as her math teacher in third grade and again in seventh grade. She wanted Aehlert to know the difference she has made in her’s and other’s lives.
“I nominated her because she is a devoted teacher. She always does her best to help her students and she’s always got a smile on her face that you can’t help but smile back at,” said Peterson.
Peterson nominated Aehlert when she heard on the radio that a student could nominate a teacher they’ve had and then she went on a website to submit her.
Though Peterson told Aehlert she had nominated her, Aehlert didn’t think she would actually win. So, the surprise of people coming in her room in the middle of fourth hour one day really was a surprise.
“When Yasinya told me that she had nominated me, I thought that was super sweet of her to do, and I told her that,”said Aehlert. “It never crossed my mind that they would actually choose me to win the award.”