Over the past five years Maxine Angel, special education Master Teacher for ACCEL School in Phoenix, has provided students that have been left behind by the public system a chance to be accepted again. Maxine works with children with special needs from ages 6 to 12 with severe and profound disabilities such as Autism, ADD, ADHD, and extreme behavior disorders. These students are unable to be serviced by the districts to which they live. Maxine's patience and perserverance has paid off time and time again by providing a ciriculum that has allowed some of these students to see past their disabilities and be serviced again by the districts that were unable to service them before. Some of the students have been able to become a part of the society that has lost hope in them. Maxine belives in the the fact that all children are capable with the right amount of love, care, discipline and hope provided by a great teacher. Even the days where she is bitten, punched, kicked, spit on, and emotionally drained by these children, she gets back up the next day and keeps pushing them to their potential because she knows there is a wonderful soul itching to be set free. Maxine has been able to set these souls free time and time again. I am her husband and so I am biased but she does this with very little recgonition from her employer and very little support from the community and even the parents of the children she so dearly cares about. I would hope that one day she could receive a simple thank you from someone other than me for the work that she does that so many people take for granted. Therefore I am nomitating Maxine Angel for the KNIX & Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week.