MEDFORD, Ore. -- One medford teacher is being honored as a National LifeChanger of the year.
Gloria Pereyra-Robertson is a kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary School. She is one of 15 teachers selected out of 830 nominees from across the nation. The LifeChanger award is given to teachers who have a positive influence on their students and make a difference in their lives.
Gloria's husband, Stuart Robertson, is one of several people who nominated her for the award. He found out over a month ago that gloria won, but didn't want to ruin the surprise.
"She was excited about hearing who was winning and who wasn't," he told NewsWatch12. "She didn't know anything about it until she walked the auditorium and saw me, so kind of exciting for her."
She was awarded with a $3,000 prize, half of that is for the school.
The Medford School District officials say Pereyra-Robertson is receiving this award because she makes her classroom a welcoming environment, especially for students who don't speak english. She herself is the daughter of Mexican immigrants.
Sallie Johnson, Washington Elementary School principal, says she is really good at putting her students first.
"She is just one of those teachers that just wants get in and learn everything and do everything," Johnson says. "It's only of those teachers that gets you to think out of the box on how to help the kids. It's always about the kids with Gloria."
Gloria says her parents taught her how to face discrimmination and the importance of perseverance. Today, she says she passes those same lessons onto her students.
"To me, it's not a job, it's more of a passion," she said. "I just love the fact that I get to share what I've learned from my parents with my students."
She told Newswatch12 she just wishes her parents were there to see her receive this award.