Apple for the Teacher

November 11, 2013-Erin Hansen

erincroppedToday’s Apple for the Teacher Award recipient is Erin Hansen from Dryden Elementary School nominated by Claudia Zan and Toni DiTommaso.

We nominate Ms. Erin Hansen for the Apple for the Teacher Award because she has changed our son’s life and ours.

Our nine year old son has autism, limited communication, and lots of potential.

Ms. Hansen is a rare pearl because she recognizes his potential and works hard to make sure he does his best. She has high expectations and has a work ethic that never quits. We know how draining it can be to work with our son, but she never gives up and has taught him so much, from academics, communication, social skills, and daily living. She has a passion to teach that is unparalleled, and she truly cares for his well-being and his future. Every minute that she spends with him is a teachable moment and she uses every opportunity she has to teach him something that helps him grow. She is also a great communicator and has a strong willingness to work collaboratively with us. With a child that doesn’t speak, it is very difficult to get a glimpse of what each school day is like and how he is doing, but Ms. Hansen keeps us well informed.

If our son could talk, he would surely say, “Mom, Dad, Ms. Hansen is the best teacher ever.” We would like to take this opportunity to say it for him and to say thank you to her from the bottom of our hearts.

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