(PHOTO: From left: Brenda Duffy and her son, Skyler Duffy - who nominated Brad. Our amazing Teacher of the Week- Brad Olson, and David Black from The River morning show.)

We love surprising teachers every week! There's usually a look of suspicion when we walk into the classroom, followed by surprise, a little embarrassment, and sometimes even tears. But no matter how the surprise happens, it's always fun and very rewarding to say thank you to a teacher who has made a difference in the lives of their students.

This week, we honor Brad Olson!  Brad teaches 3rd grade at Pleasantview Elementary School in Sauk Rapids. He was nominated by Brenda Duffy. Here's what Brenda had to say about Brad:

Mr. Olson has been a teacher for 34 years. Just recently, his classroom was lost due to a fire. I can’t think of any better teacher than him for my son to go through this with, other than him! I know he is in good hands with Mr Olson and they will get through this! We are not sure how much Mr Olson lost yet due to this fire, but I know he has 34 years of stuff including stuff from his travels and from past students he cares deeply about. He remembers every student from past years also. I really think he deserves to be nominated. Please consider my request. Thank you!

Thank you to our incredible Teacher of the Week sponsors who make this surprise even more fun:  All-Star Trophy and Awards, Great Harvest Bread, Concrete Image Salon and Coyote Moon Grille!

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