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Lew Wallace Teacher Loves Her Profession
Ali Nava, the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month, said she is proud to call herself a teacher.
Every day in Ali Nava’s second-grade class at Lew Wallace Elementary, students write her little notes in their gratitude journals. “It’s a priceless feeling knowing that I have made a positive difference in their lives and that they look up to me,” said Nava, this month’s Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month.
Nava has been at Lew Wallace for seven years, teaching first grade for the first six, then looping with her students to second grade this year. She feels grateful for the opportunity to teach this year’s class two years in a row. “Looping with them to second grade gave them confidence as learners and built my confidence as a teacher.”
Nava has been influenced by her mother, a lifelong educator who gives her sage professional advice. “Because my mother convinced me to be an engaged learner, I have grown into the job and will continue working each day to improve my practice. I always make sure that the teaching and learning in class are fun,” she said.
Nava said her she assesses her students on a daily basis to measure their growth and drive her instruction. She continues to grow as an educator and is grateful for her job and her students.
“What I enjoy most about teaching is the direct impact that you have in influencing students’ day-to-day life,” she said. “I am proud to call myself a teacher. I love my profession.”
Pepsi, in partnership with the APS Education Foundation, recognizes APS teachers for their outstanding contribution to the classroom, school and community. The Foundation randomly selects one APS school each month, and that school’s principal is asked to choose a teacher to be honored. The teacher receives a $100 check from Pepsi and acknowledgment on the APS website and Facebook page.