TROY, Ala. (WSFA) - Every Monday we award a Class Act Teacher of the Week, but on the last Monday of the month, we have something a bit more special! That’s when we recognize our Class Act Teacher of the Month with a keepsake plaque and some cash for sprucing up their classroom.
The November 2019 monthly winner is dedicated, enthusiastic and totally caught off guard when we enter her busy classroom. Nikki Patel kept her cool even though “It was such a surprise! I had no idea!"
Patel says, "My students mean the world to me. The faculty and staff that I work with mean the world to me. And just to be recognized, I mean I had no idea.”
Patel teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Biology and Physical Science at Charles Henderson High School. She likes teaching students this age.
“They still want to please you and they have so much that they want to accomplish in life. And being able to be a part of that and see what they want to do and being a part of that place is remarkable to see that growth,” Patel explained.
Beasley Allen Law Firm sponsors this monthly award. Attorney Tyner Helms considers it a privilege.
“Teachers affect the future of our communities as much as any profession out there," said Helms. "So it’s really encouraging when you see a teacher who has an enthusiasm that filters down to his or her students. It’s obvious that Miss Patel has that in spades here.”
Always looking for ways to engage her student and help them recall her daily lessons, Patel has gained a reputation for making a daunting class one that these kids actually look forward to. That’s not easy to do and her efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Going beyond the classroom to build those relationships and making learning fun is why Nikki Patel at Charles Henderson High School in Troy is our Class Act Teacher of the Month!