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Posted September 7, 2010

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Ernie Pyle Teacher Fell in Love at First Sight

Megan LeBleu (center behind check) shared the joy of her award with her students.

Megan LeBleu admits to being a little nervous about starting her student-teaching assignment at Ernie Pyle Middle School. Ten years later, however, she recalls that she “fell in love the minute I got here.”

The seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher has been named Pepsi/APS Teacher of the Month for September. She has spent her entire career at Ernie Pyle, which she describes as one big family. She likes that she’s teaching the siblings of her earlier students.

“It feels comfortable and safe here,” she said.

LeBleu said she receives recognition from students every day, what she calls her “daily validation.” But, she was surprised and very happy to receive an award that came from outside the school.

“It’s exciting to be able to celebrate teachers’ great work,” APS Education Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus said. “Many of them tell us that the recognition they receive from Pepsi and the Foundation is a highlight of their year, and we’re glad to play a part in that.”

Pepsi joined forces with the Foundation last year to create the monthly recognition for teachers. Award-winners receive $50 from Pepsi. They know their work reaches beyond the classroom.

“My job is to teach math, but my job is also to help kids be happy here,” LeBleu said.

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