Phoenix Educator Honored as Fulton Homes 'Teacher of the Week'

Jodi Jaeggi Steps Up To The Challenge In The Classroom

Fellow educators say an opportunity to sit in on Jodi Jaeggi's language class is like witnessing one of the best teachers in action. This week's Fulton Homes 'Teacher of the Week' award recipient has a reputation for her determination and consistency teaching underprivileged, refugee and special needs children.

The fifth and sixth grade teacher at Montebello School in Phoenix teaches a class for students who are learning English, or who are new to the country. She was nominated by, Shaunna Smithson, a fellow teacher at the school. Co-workers and parents acknowledge Jaeggi for the patience, dedication and the challenge she takes on with her students. They say she keeps a remarkable rapport with the faculty and parents in the school, but say her bond with her students is even stronger.

"She strives for excellence in all of her students, and this teacher never gives up," Smithson said. "Ms. Jaeggi works rigorously with her students to keep them on track and to help them excel inside and out of the classroom." In addition to being a challenging and committed teacher, Smithson says Jaeggi has created a community within the classroom. Many say her success as a teacher is because of her calming presence and willingness to help with a smile on her face. Her students say the bond with Ms. Jaeggi is sincere.

"Jodi Jaeggi is the ideal candidate for Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week," Fulton Homes CEO Douglas Fulton said. "It is evident that she has influenced and inspired many lives."

Fulton Homes invites students and peers across the Valley to recognize those teachers who make a difference in other's lives with the 12th Annual Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week program, in partnership with KNIX Country Radio. The popular program, which serves to honor outstanding educators, continues throughout the school year, ending in June of 2012.

Teachers nominated will be entered for a chance to win a prize package that includes $300 in cash plus prizes from Fulton Homes and the Dairy Council of Arizona. The winning teacher will be surprised and presented the award by KNIX radio personality, Carolyn Coffey. Recipients of the award will also be spotlighted on the KNIX Morning Show with Ben and Matt, where they will receive special recognition on their Friday show between 6:20 - 7:20 a.m.

At the end of the school year, in June of 2012, the 34 winning teachers will be honored at a special luncheon, where one outstanding teacher will be chosen as the Fulton Homes "Teacher of the Year." Students can nominate their favorite teacher for Fulton Homes' Teacher of the Week by submitting a brief form at any Fulton Homes location or online at Winners are chosen based on their commitment to education, career achievements and impact on students' lives.

For more information about Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week, visit and click on the Fulton Foundation link, or visit, keyword "Teacher."

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