We at 96.7 The River had the honor of surprising Cheryl Novacinski this morning with her "Teacher of the Week" award! And we can see why she was nominated-she's awesome!

In the photo above, Cheryl is on the right, holding her award from All-Star Trophy and Awards. On the left, is Cassie Schwegel with her son, Sully. Cassie nominated Cheryl, and here is the letter she sent to us:

"Cheryl was MY 1st grade teacher in 1988 at Kennedy Elementary. I am now a parent of a 1st grader at Kennedy Community School, who I am lucky enough to say ALSO has Cheryl as his 1st grade teacher! Cheryl is a committed, no nonsense teacher. I have known a handful of families over the years whose children have been in her classroom and there is not one parent who will tell you that she is anything short of incredible. It is not hard to see how much she loves her job. She is enthusiastic, engaging and able to make learning even the not-so-fun subjects like MATH - fun to learn! I cannot say enough about her, honestly. She has been my favorite teacher for 31 years, is currently adored by my son, and appreciated by our entire family. The fact that an almost 7 year old not only remembers what he did in school that day (versus the typical "I dunno") , but tells us how GREAT his day was is any parents dream.
Cheryl truly deserves ALL of this recognition and more for her dedication to her students over the past 30+ years."

We also showered Cheryl with gifts from Concrete Image Hair Salon, Coyote Moon Grille and Great Harvest Bread Company! All of these sponsors, along with All-Star Trophy, feel that teachers deserve to be recognized for everything they do for our children.

Congratulations, Cheryl!  And thank you for making a difference every single day!