Teachers of the Week
- School: Sandoval Elementary School
- Teaches: 5th Grade
- Favorite Player: Brian Urlacher
“Delta Cervantes is dedicated to having a lifelong impact on her students. She provides rigorous and challenging instruction in a safe and nurturing environment where students are not afraid to fail. Her philosophy is teaching the whole child in order to meet each student’s social, emotional and academic needs,” said Karen Beilfuss, a Sandoval colleague. “Delta is a unique individual who combines the perfect balance of compassion and encouragement while maintaining high expectations. She inspires her students to push themselves beyond their limits, and they are willing to step outside of their comfort level because they know she is there to support them every step of the way. Delta makes a point to let each of her students know they are valued and accepted no matter their differences. She creates a culture of inclusion in her classroom and nurtures students to become lifelong learners.” Beilfuss nominated Cervantes for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
- School: Henry O. Tanner Elementary School
- Teaches: K-8th Grade: Music
- Favorite Player: Mitch Trubinsky
“Music teacher Charles Pleasant is a key part of Tanner’s Fine Arts program. Many of our students would never have the experiences they are receiving at such young ages in his classroom. Mr. Pleasant’s efforts also extend beyond his music classroom. He believes in children and their wellbeing and does a great job of developing relationships with many Tanner students,” said Tracy Jones. “Mr. Pleasant has taken on the role of conducting talking circles with many in our male student body. He conducts peace circles to help repair broken relationships. He has informally mentored many current and former students, building relationships that continue even when they leave the confines our school building. I’ve no doubt that Mr. Pleasant's influence will be forever lasting for many students in our Tanner school community.” Jones nominated Pleasant for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.