Charlotte Patterson (Chandler School District)
I nominate my daughter's Teacher Ms. Michelle Hufford from Charlotte Patterson Elementary in Chandler, for the 2013/2014 school year for Teacher of the Week. Ms. Hufford has an amazing passion for teaching. Her students LOVE reading. By the end of the last year, her 4th graders beat all other classes from previous 4th grade classes in word count totaling over 4 million. She has an amazing ability to motivate the children. Not only does she promote reading and writing, each Friday when all other teachers had Fun Friday, where kids get to play around in the classrooms with games and computer games, and it is a time where teachers get caught up on things, Ms. Hufford held "Art Friday", an Art Project for the kids to do and learn something new each time. Each project was amazing. She took pictures and uploaded one student's at a time, each child's picture into Artsonia for Parents and families to see. NO other Teacher in the school did anything like this. She loves to see learning, and how the children grow using their minds, it is amazing. She battled breast cancer a few years back and fought her way back to teaching again, since it is her joy. My daughter excels in writing and reading because of Ms. Hufford and I couldn't have be happier or more proud. No one deserves this more than Ms. Hufford.