PARKER - There is not a day you won't find energy, happiness and learning inside Mrs. Pam Peterson's room at Legacy Point Elementary School in Parker.
Her kindergarten class is more than a group of students; it's a family.
"Your family comes together after a couple of weeks when school starts, and we get to spend a wonderful year together," Mrs. Peterson said.
After 18 years of overseeing kindergarten families, Mrs. Peterson still loves every child like her own.
"It fills me up so much," Mrs. Peterson said.
Carter King can speak for his entire class.
"She is the best teacher," Carter said.
He also speaks as a little boy who has received a gift from a teacher far beyond what he or his mom, Laura, ever imagined possible.
"With everything we are going through, it is a really amazing thing to have right now," Laura King said. "It means more than we can say."
Carter's kindergarten cubby has been empty since November. He got a high fever then which has not gone away since. It is a mystery to his teams of doctors.
"They found that his immune system is really compromised, so he can't be at school," Laura said.
Carter cried when he found out he couldn't be with his school family and the teacher he loves so much.
"I felt very sad because I couldn't stay with my friends," Carter said.
Mrs. Peterson immediately knew she would make sure the connection was not lost.
"When a part of your family leaves, they are missed, and you have to find a way to bring your family back together," Mrs. Peterson said.
She and the class FaceTime with Carter every day so he is included in the lessons. But it doesn't end there.
"She comes to my house to work with me every week, two times a week," Carter said.
These house calls from a teacher may be considered part of his treatment. Carter looks forward to his time with Mrs. Peterson. He says they do "very cool stuff" together.
"We make books. We do technology. We dig [for] worms for the science experiment and play bubble hockey," Mrs. Peterson said.
In addition to a demanding class schedule and taking care of her family, Mrs. Peterson has given hundreds of hours of her own time to make sure no child feels alone.
"It's just the right thing to do," Mrs. Peterson said. "It is something that if my child couldn't come to school, I'd want them to do it for me."
Parents of Legacy Point students say this is one of so many examples that show that Mrs. Peterson is so deserving of a 9Teachers Who Care Award. Congratulations Mrs. Peterson!
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