"I believe Maria should be honored as the teacher of the week because she has gone above and beyond any of my daughter's teachers. My daughter struggles quite a bit academically, emotionally & socially at school. Maria has not only advocated for my child, but has been very patient & kind with her. She has taken the time to build a relationship with with her and bends over backwards to meet my child's educational & emotional needs. Maria has taken the time to adapt all of her lessons to meet my daughter's learning style & level. She by far understands my child and can relate to her. This this the first time I have felt a teacher truly understands & is not leaving her behind. Maria truly deserves a honorable mention, she is caring special education/needs teacher! I wish we would of found her sooner!!"