99.5 WKDQ has teamed up with Liberty Federal Credit Union to give you the chance to recognize and thank a teacher in the Tri-State for the work and dedication they put into helping children learn and preparing them for their future.

It takes a special person to be a teacher. While on the surface it appears they only work from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM each weekday for nine months out of the year, there's much more to it than that. There are papers to grade and lesson plans to make, both of which usually happen after the regular school day is over, and sometimes into the late evening hours at home.

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But it's much more than just performing the day-to-day responsibilities. Great teachers truly care about each and every one of their students as if they were their own kids and not only understands each one is unique in their own way in how they learn and behave but must use that knowledge to create the best possible plan for helping that student reach their full potential. A great teacher is also someone who can provide sympathy or a shoulder to cry on when a student is having a bad day and be that student's biggest cheerleader when they're having a great one inside or outside the classroom.

WKDQ Teacher of the Month for March 2023

One teacher who checks all those boxes is Jana Reiter at Castle South Elementary in Newburgh. Jana was nominated by one of her students who had this to say about the impact she's had on her life:

Mrs. Reiter is one of the best Math teachers I have had. I used to hate math but Mrs. Reiter made it more fun and easy. She helps us understand math problems by turning them into fun projects. When we were learning taxes and tips, she told us that we had to go on the Target website, [and that] we had a budget of $200, and tax is 7%. The first one to get exactly $200 wins a treat. My whole class loved this. And that helps us understand taxes.

Congratulations to Mrs. Reiter and thank you for the work you do for your students. It clearly doesn't go unnoticed.

Nominate Your Child's Teacher to be Our Next Teacher of the Month

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If you know a teacher you think deserves to be our next Teacher of the Month, nominate them using the entry form below. We'll select one teacher at random from the entries received and personally deliver them a bouquet of flowers from Zeidler's, along with a $50 gift card to the Copper House restaurant on Franklin Street just like we did with Mrs. Howard.

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