The staff at Longfellow Elementary would like to nominate Rebecca Elam, an exceptional teacher. Becky teaches Kindergarten students who come to school with little or no skills and who know very little English. Some of her students have never used a pencil or crayon. These students typically score 0 percent on beginning reading tests and 95 percent on the end of the year reading tests. Her students also know how to perform simple addition and how to write stories before they leave her classroom. Becky works tirelessly every day, including many Saturdays and Sundays to provide the education that she feels would best benefit her students. Her students love her and her quiet ways; Becky always whispers when she wants their attention. She is kind, and always talks to her students with respect. They know they are loved. Becky also prepares lessons and teaches 3rd grade students in the Longfellow After School Program three days a week from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. In addition she is the kindergarten department chair person wherein she is responsible for five kindergarten teachers, five assistants and their schedules and reading intervention teachers who go to each kindergarten classroom everyday. She always shares her lesson plans and her ideas with anyone who asks. The principal has new teachers go and observe her so they can learn how to manage their classrooms. Becky’s students would do anything for her. We are certain that her students would nominate her themselves if they could read and write! Thus the nomination falls to our staff, who think she is an outstanding asset to Longfellow and a well-kept secret in the Mesa School District, to nominate her and we do so proudly. We hope she never leaves our school.