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Posted: December 20, 2012

MacArthur ISP Teacher Works Hard Because She Loves Her Students

Trish Eisenzimmer is the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month.

Trish Eisenzimmer’s eyes welled up with tears and her jaw dropped when she was told she was the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month. The MacArthur Elementary teacher has spent 17 years at the small North Valley school quietly educating students in the Intensive Support Program without much fanfare or recognition, which is just fine with her. She does the hard work day after day because she loves and believes in her students.

“It is my pleasure to teach,” Eisenzimmer said. “I love these kids, and I love what I do.”

Eisenzimmer has spent her entire teaching career at MacArthur, starting as a substitute teacher and then an educational assistant before becoming the ISP instructor and now head special education teacher as well.

“Every day is a challenge,” she admits. “But you see growth in these kids. It might be something as simple as students learning to feed themselves or learning their colors or ABCs. I am glad to be a part of their lives.”

Eisenzimmer not only loves her students, she also is crazy about her school. “MacArthur is a North Valley secret. The people who are here have been here forever, and I don’t ever want to leave. I’d teach here for the next 50 years.”

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, Facebook page and electronic billboards.