One Dartmouth teacher received a special surprise on Tuesday, September 20th. As the bell rang and Mrs. Adrienne Vanwagoner began calling role, four associates from Azusa Pacific University and Mix 101.3 walked into her classroom to tell her she was selected as September’s Teachers are Heroes Award.
This is the third year Azusa Pacific has joined Mix 101.3 radio station to recognize teachers that make an impact on students’ lives. A radio broadcaster on Mix 101.3 asks their listeners to visit their website and nominate their favorite teacher. Entries are collected and a panel of Azusa Pacific representatives select a teacher to recognize for the month. At the end of each school year, the teachers that won are invited to a Lake Elsinore Storm game and also receives various other prizes.
Mrs. Vanwagoner, a math teacher, was in awe of receiving the award. She said, “I have worked at Dartmouth for 20 years and taught nearly 4,000 students. I have been told thank you many times, but this recognition was extremely special, because it took extra effort on someone's part and I will carry this with me for many years.” Mrs. Vanwagoner said math is a challenging subject to teach due to the fact that many students struggle to understand its concepts and theories.
Mrs. Vanwagoner’s class was able to witness their teacher receive the award. She was given a certificate, tickets for her and everyone in her class to go to a Lake Elsinore Storm game in May, apparel, and a pizza party.
“What an honor it was to be chosen for this award! It was truly one of those ‘wow’ moments that I have had in my teaching career. I always try to be the best teacher that I can, because I love what I do and care about my students.”
Congratulations Adrienne Vanwagoner on your Teachers are Heroes Award!