Teacher Appreciation Nominations Blog D

Through our Teacher Appreciation nominations, we were able to see exactly how our teachers are impacting our kids and community. We want to recognize each nomination that has come in. 1495 unique nominations and 525 teachers nominated, we are sharing the answers to our question posed: “Why does this teacher make you smile?”. The blogs are organized by last name of the teacher.

Teacher:  Phillip D’Agostino, Frank Kim Elementary school

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? This teacher makes me smile by helping my daughter learn so much. She struggles very much in math, and Mr. D,Agostino helped her become better. She has been in his class for 2 years.

Teacher:  Rochelle Daing, West Career and Technical School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She goes above and beyond for her students, and she always makes me smile whenever I pass by her room. He always has me come inside and makes me smile and laugh. She is always in a good mood.

Teacher:  Meaghan Daniel, West Career and Technical School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  This teacher makes me smile because she is so supportive of my son with his senior capstone project. She is a great teacher for him and even came to a Vegas Golden Knights game to support him being named as the recipient of a scholarship through the VGK organization. She makes him smile so that makes me smile.

Teacher: Tiffany Davenport, Liberty High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Her passion.

Teacher: Tiffany Davenport, Liberty High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Ms. D never failed to put a smile on my face. whether it be just listening to me rant or her letting me come in and us having a conversation and ranting about stuff together. She’s a very loving and caring teacher and I wish i had her all 4 years.

She genuinely cares about each student. She has initiated a program at the school where students can get hygiene products anonymously if they need them. She goes above and beyond to teach, support and inspire her students.

She has worked hard the last 6 years to provide a welcoming space to all her students. She is easy to talk to and is always challenging herself to be more and teach more engaging lessons.

Tiffany is a fierce advocate for inclusion in our school. She has an amazing ability of getting even the most reluctant students involved and passionate about learning. Every student has a place in her clubs, organizations and classroom!

She always made me smile and gave me the comfort I needed on a bad day.

Teacher:  Marisa Davidson, Canarelli Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Mrs. Davidson goes over and beyond for her students. I had never seen students go on so many field trips. My son is in her band and jazz band. She has them performing in so many different venues. Ms. Davidson offers encouragement and support to all of her students but especially to my son. I appreciate her dedication and her love for her students always brings a smile to my face!

Teacher: Brittany Davidson, Kermit Booker elementary school

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Mrs. Davidson makes me smile because she noticed when i was sad, talked tome when i felt bad, and she warms my heart. I appreciate Mrs. Davidson very much for understanding when most people wouldn’t, and for adding me to her group until the end of the year.

Teacher: Jenny Davis, Cambeiro Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Jen Davis always has a positive attitude. She is kind and brings a special sparkle to the day. She loves unicorns and you can spot a unicorn somewhere on her clothes, socks, earrings, or headband almost every day. She has a unique and gentle connection with young learners.

Mrs.Davis is kind and loving to all her students. When a student needs someone to talk to she is someone that student can go to without feeling judged or feeling ashamed. She is great at helping students understand and makes learning fun. I always looked forward to going to her class and I’m sure others are too. Every time I pass her, she says hello to me, she makes students feel recognized and I appreciate that. That’s why I think she should be recognized for the great teacher she is.

Teacher: Shawntel Davis, Knudson Academy

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? My science teacher makes me smile because she always understands whenever there is a problem or a crisis a student is going through and she helps. Ms. Davis is always helping us understand every assignment. Our class even has a Jolly rancher war between our period and all of her other periods, once in a while she hands out mints or jolly ranchers if we participate in class.

Teacher:  Susan Davis, Ed Clark High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Ms. Davis is a dedicated and compassionate teacher who goes above and beyond to ensure that her students have a positive learning experience. She creates a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment where everyone feels valued and supported. In addition to her commitment to academic success, Ms.Davis understands the importance of keeping her classes engaging and enjoyable. She uses a variety of teaching methods and activities to keep her students motivated and interested, and she encourages them to participate actively in class discussions and group projects. Moreover, Ms. Davis recognizes that every student learns differently, and she adapts her teaching style to accommodate the unique needs and abilities of each individual. She is patient and understanding, and she always makes time to provide extra help and guidance to any student who needs it. Overall, Ms. Davis is an exceptional teacher who truly cares about her students’ well-being and success. Her dedication, creativity, and compassion have a positive impact on the lives of everyone she teaches.

Ms. Davis makes me smile because she always finds a way to make the class fun and engaging, even when the subject is difficult. Ms. Davis makes me smile because she is so encouraging and supportive, and always believes in my potential to succeed. Ms. Davis makes me smile because she has a great sense of humor and often tells funny stories that make me laugh.

The teacher tells a funny joke or shares a humorous story that brightens the mood in the classroom.

The teacher recognizes a student’s achievement or effort, and the student feels proud and happy to receive positive feedback.

The teacher uses creative or engaging teaching methods that make the learning experience enjoyable and interesting.

The teacher shows empathy and kindness towards the students, which creates a positive and supportive environment.

The teacher has a positive attitude and energy that is contagious, and students feel happy and motivated in the classroom.

Teacher: Cindy Dayton, keller Middle school

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  She is so amazing and beautiful she’s so nice, she’s helpful, i absolutely love her.

This teacher makes me smile because I personally think they’re really funny andc ool. She’s my science teacher and student council teacher, she does a lot for us and is really cool! We went on a Disneyland trip and it was really fun, plus she said for her student council kids she’s gonna surprise us with something in a couple of weeks for Student Council appreciation week. She also spends a lot of money on us which is another reason why I think she is a really cool and funny teacher!

This teacher makes me smile every day and when we are in student council it is fun because we get to make things and have fun in that class. Student council and teachers at the school do so much for the school. I really appreciate Ms. Dayton because she is someone you can talk to and she puts a smile on my face every day.

This teacher makes me smile because I think she is funny. This teacher makes me smile because I like the way she runs her class, and I also think the things she says are interesting, and the way she teaches is also interesting enough for me to listen to. I like learning about the things she says in her class and listening to her stories.

Teacher: Aaron DeBacker, Knudson Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Every day when I walk into his class, he understands what all students are going through and tries to make them smile. He understands all of our jokes and is a very good science teacher.

Teacher: Maria DeBarrows, Monaco Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  She is an extremely hard worker and always is given the “tough” kids. She has their best interest at heart and sets the expectations for herself and her students high. She works above and beyond her contracted time todo what is best for not only HER students, but for the school!

Teacher: Aaron Dehne, Ed Clark High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  This teacher always created a comfortable and enjoyable environment in his classroom. Mr. Dehne is the reason I look forward to most of my school days.

Teacher: Natalie Delgado, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Mrs. Delgado makes me smile because she has never told me to dim my light. In her classroom, she has made it very apparent that there’s nothing wrong with being happy on Monday and upset on Friday. Delgado opens her art classroom to not only improvement with your art, but the chance to build a bond.

Teacher: David Dell, Cashman Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? he is nice and always helps me when I’m stuck on an assignment.

Teacher: Shannon Deluna, Hyde Park Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She always has a positive attitude, and she makes everything fun

Teacher: David Diaz, Melvin Iverson Elementary School  

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She makes everything fun.

Teacher: Jonnie-Jo Didas, Johnston Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Not only has this teacher taught me so much about my instrument, but she has also been there for all her students when they weren’t ok. She always lets you know that it is ok to not be ok. She is always there for her students.

Teacher: Antonio DiNatale, Eileen Conners Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? My daughter never enjoyed school until she had Mr. D as a teacher! Beforehand, she would find any excuse to miss school and now she gets so disappointed if she has to miss school or even leave school early! Every day she is excited to see what Mr. D has to teach the class.

Teacher: Aerika Diodati, Woodbury Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? I like this teacher because she is kind.

She helps me a lot and always makes me smile when she is with me and cares for me and lots of other students and always has fun things for us to do as soon as we walk into the door.

Teacher: Aerika Diodati, Woodbury Middle School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She is so funny and fun.

Teacher: Lisa Dixon, Edith Garehime Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile?  Her sense of humor when dealing with her students keeps the overall classroom mood upbeat and open to recognizing that no person is perfect.

Teacher: Nicole Dominguez, Foothill High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She is always so bubbly and fun to come to class too! she is an amazing teacher and so contagious with her laugh and her little jokes she makes.

Although this is past the deadline, I hope you do consider this submission. I have been sick and out on a leave from school. My teacher is the best teacher I have ever had. She has been the only one to actually care about any of her students. She emails you if you are gone sick for a couple days and even asks you how you are when you get back. She would help you even if it meant staying afterschool or coming in before. She works off school hours as well, helping her students when they truly need it. I have confided in her about issues in my personal life as well. She is a character. Mrs. Dominguez is not only a teacher but is a role model. She looks out for everyone she can and makes the best effort in class to keep us engaged. I could not ask for a better person in my life. She truly inspires everyone she knows.

Always greets me in the mornings, she also has a positive attitude with us students and she can make me go from sad to happy.

Because she teaches really well and makes our lessons personal and fit our needs

Best teacher in the school always comes up with fun activities.

Coming into class is just the best feeling. I love her energy and her teaching ethic. It’s just fun to come into class and see what we might do next like a word search and even Kahoots.

Everyday even when she starts losing her voice, she makes sure to make everys tudent in the class feel seen. She helped me get through a really dark place right before winter break and overall, she’s amazing at her job and me and other classmates would love to see how much we appreciate her.

I love the way that she teaches class, always with a smile on her face and she makes class fun with her stories and jokes. She’s a very lovely teacher and very reliable and comfortable to be around. I’d like to add that I love how she incorporates games and certain activities making learning even better.

Loves how she allows students to discuss topics.

Mrs. Dominguez is always in a cheerful mood when I walk into her classroom, and genuinely cares about her students and their interests. I love whenever I have an art project with me and she asks me about it, I just feel like she really cares about her students and loves what she does.

Mrs. Dominguez is a teacher that is actually genuine with her students. She tries to involve all of them and is an understanding teacher and kind with us, (her students). Her classes are a fun and chill environment to be in. She is my favorite teacher this year!

Mrs. Dominguez makes me smile because she shows passion for her work and motivates students to succeed.

Mrs. Dominguez more than any other teacher makes me feel like she’s interested in my life and what I have to say.

Mrs. Dominguez provided me with a new backpack, new clothes, new hygiene supplies, and emotional support when I was homeless. She is truly the most beautiful soul and kindhearted teacher and really deserves this award.

My teacher, Ms. Dominguez lets me, and other students play Kahoot! and do crossword puzzles every Friday.

She always makes learning super fun and gives back to the class for reaching goals.

She always gives prizes to whoever wins her kahoot. That’s why everyone is very active and competitive.

She always has a smile on her face and is always understanding/kind. Nicole Dominguez, Foothill High School

She always has a ton of energy and makes class fun. She plans lots of fun activities and talks to all of her students and makes class a really enjoyable and comfortable place to be. She always notices when people are down and makes sure they’re okay.

She always prepares us for quizzes by making do Kahoot! she gives us fun games to play when we have the time, and a fun and chill teacher overall.

She brings so much positive energy to the classroom and makes gov/econ topics fun to learn in her own ways.

She cares about us a lot and makes sure that we know she is there for us.

She does games to help us study for tests and hosts a fun gaming club after school.

She does her best to explain and go over everything. She’s not liked the others; she is always upbeat and smiling to herself. She’s the best history teacher I’ve ever had.

She greets me every day and makes everyone feel included. She makes sure her assignments are easy to understand and checks up on her students.

She has cool ways of making us laugh. She does Kahoot reviews and gives us candy if three of us wins.

She is a really sweet teacher. She listened to me all the time. I am an exchange student from Japan, so sometimes I couldn’t do the same as American students, but she helped me a lot.

She is able to make one of my most hated subjects, history, and make it fun. She has us do really fun group activities that allow me to learn so much more than normal. Also, she is a very personable teacher that I feel like I could have a genuine conversation with. Every day is just a blast in class.

She is always in a cheerful mood, and always keeps the class fun!

She is always smiling and i feel safe and cared about in her classroom, i know ifi ever needed anything i could go to her

She is amazing and she makes everything fun for the kids! She always does Kahoots and finds amazing activities for us and really cares about her students

She is funny and a great storyteller

She is just a great teacher.

She is my favorite teacher.

She is nice!

She is so amazing and sweet, i have never learned so much before in history. She creates a safe space and is so amazing to all of her students she even takes her time out of her day to make sure i am okay and that everyone is okay. Mrs. Dominguez is a great teacher and deserves recognition i also do so well in her class.

She is so patient with our class and you can tell she is a really good person. I haven’t heard her say one mean thing all year long and she has really high morals.

She is super nice she gives us candy and helps us in the future about taxes and putting up savings.

She is the best teacher I have. I actually learn stuff in her class, and we have a mario kart club after school.

She is very handy with her lessons and her class is always interactive and the vibe is really good. Her class is my favorite class and I think she deserves to be recognized.

She is very nice and sweet. She makes sure that the students and I feel happy and safe. She is funny.

She is very supportive and allows students to work with each other.

She is very supportive and created a good teacher student bond. She makes it enjoyable to come to her class every day.

She makes every day a new and exciting day.

She makes me smile because she does a really great job of teaching while also making it fun and including everyone.

She makes me smile by greeting me every day before I walk into her class. She cares a lot about her students individually and I love it!!!!

She makes my heart throb everyday 🙂

She makes us want to come to class with a “good morning” and a smile to start our day. She interacts with everyone and genuinely cares about our interests and lives. She does a great job teaching everyone by engaging us in activities and other projects to keep class interesting.

She tells us regularly that she cares for us and if we ever need anything to talk to her. She has also been helping me with scholarships to help me be able to go to college.

She truly cares about each of her students and makes the class extremely enjoyable as well as very productive.

She’s literally the best and is so funny and a great teacher. She teaches all of her students equally. She has so much school spirit and I look forward to only her class every day.

She’s a really good teacher and she cares about our education.

She’s really positive, cares about her students, very laid back and makes government fun. I love her class more than others for all of these reasons.

She’s interactive, makes learning fun, super caring, and its really easy to see just how much effort she puts into every class.

This teacher asks how I am doing every day and greets us at the door. She also interacts with us in the activities we do.

This teacher does everything in her power to make her students happy and to help them learn. She has a well-planned schedule for assignments that she discusses with her students, so they know what is expected of them. She also makes sure to listen to all of her students’ feedback and learning preferences and is always open to new ideas. There is plenty of class interaction and she cares about the mental health of her students by asking how people’s weeks have been. She also volunteers to help with things like gaming club and allows students to use her classroom to do work or participate in club activities. She is always supportive of upcoming events and has posters for things like theater shows at the front of the class. If asked, she will make announcements for upcoming games and shows that students are participating in so people know when they are happening and can come and support them.

This teacher gives lots of school projects which allows students to work together making great memories.

This teacher goes out of the way to make the learning environment fun for students by introducing games related to our class topics.

This teacher makes me smile because she says good morning every day. She also is a great teacher and makes me feel comfortable in class. She also makes me smile by complementing my outfits and gives us candy when we win Kahoots.

This teacher makes me smile because they will do anything for all of her students. She doesn’t fail to make our days better and always finds a way to make us laugh.

This teacher takes the time to get to know all of her students not only on a school level but on a personal level, she always greets us at the door by name asking about our weekends and how our day was. She is always willing to help in any way whether it be school help or mental health help.

We play kahoot all the time, she gives out candy, but most of all she is the best teacher that anyone could ask for.

She is great at teaching and is a really nice teacher. Gives me candy and makes material fun to learn.

She is very kind, and her classis great and very interesting.

She really makes learning fun by having fun activities about Government.

She’s very sweet and caring. I really enjoy going to her class.

Teacher: Nicole Donolli, West Career and Technical School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Ms. Donolli has been my daughter’s Student Council Leader for the last four years. She has taught my daughter not only how to be a leader, but also how to have character and be a good person. Ms. Donolli has been a consistent, reliable adult in my daughter’s life, and I know that she cares about my daughter personally. Ms. Donolli goes above and beyond, and I appreciate her dedication to her job.

This teacher makes me smile because she is always dedicating her time to making our school a better place. Ms. Donolli has been my teacher for three different classes and in each one she has always focused on working with the students to ensure they are in the best learning environment. As the head of Student Council, Ms. Donolli is constantly busy yet still finds the time to brighten everyone’s day with her comical energy!

Teacher: Amberley Dorrel, Richard Priest Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Ms. Dorrell is constantly working to make our children and our community better. From working 2 jobs while finishing her teaching degree to making Christmas presents for every 4th grade student in our school to serving in the national guard, she is the kind of teacher who will volunteer to get slimed if the students hit their growth targets and show up at a kid’s dance recital or karate match because they invited her. She puts in so much effort on the job, but she also spends so much of her personal time, money, and energy working with her kids, tutoring before and after school, and making her classroom, grade level, and school a community. She is the kind of teacher that every student needs atleast once to push them hard but with the support they need to make their goals.

Teacher: Daryl Doubet, Manuel Cortez Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? It’s definitely his energy, his smile, his laugh, his corny little jokes, the way he says “two”, I could honestly go on, but I will give it a rest. His teaching methods are something my daughter talks about regularly, as she enjoys his class. We need more teachers like Mr. Doubet, we’re going to miss him!

Teacher: Krystal Douglas, Doral Red Rock

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She is almost always bringing joy everywhere she goes and her joy spreads tome and I smile.

Teacher: Johnna Duccini, Whitney Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? Kasey makes me smile EVERY day! She walks around with a perpetual smile on her face. Her Kindergarten class has been a tough one this year, but she NEVER complains, nope, just smiles!!Not to mention the random flowers, treats, and funny stories from her class that she shares with me and others on a daily basis. She makes my life brighter each and every day! I smile because she smiles! How could you not?

Teacher: Keri Dunn, Darnell Elementary School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? She makes kids smile when they go to school every day.

She’s very dedicated to her students

Teacher: Denise Duplessis, Lawrence Junior High School

Why Does This Teacher Make You Smile? This teacher literally makes me smile so much like she gets my humor. she’s going to retire next year but i really hope she gets this because every time i see her smile it makes me smile. she’s really the sweetest and would be willing to sacrifice anything for her students. one time i didn’t bring my id so she gave me money to buy a new one. I LOVE HER!!!!

Teachers play a significant role in our lives, and we are thankful for them and all they do for our community every single day. We understand how important their job is in student development and learning and know they work tirelessly to educate children and add value to their lives! Thank you, you are our heroes!