It's a Friday morning, which means it's time for our 'Teacher of the Week' award!

Holly Doyle

This week's winner is Nicole Plachetta, a 2nd-grade teacher at Strawberry Hill Elementary School in Anamosa! Nicole was nominated by Holly Doyle and this is what her entry said:

"Nicole has every single student's best interest in her mind, always. She makes it to her students' soccer and football games so they know she supports them both in and outside of school. She expects the best from them and gives them nothing but the best in return. Ms. Plachetta makes sure her students know they have a voice in their school and encourages her kids to bring out the best in each other. Her positive attitude and knowledge of the learning abilities of her students make her THE perfect candidate for this award! We would highly recommend Nicole Plachetta! She’s one of the very best."

For being so wonderful at her job, Nicole will be receiving a free massage or facial from Massage Heights in Cedar Rapids and Coralville, plus $25 gift cards to Half Price Books and Wild Hogs in Walford!

If you know a great teacher in the local area, be sure to get them nominated for our 'Teacher of the Week' award HERE!