Do you remember the teacher that taught you 2+2? The students that go to Rockford Iqra probably will, at least if they had Mrs. Rukhsana Shamim, our Teacher of the Week.
Mrs. Shamim pushes her students to take them to the next level.
"I always see what is the highest point," she says. "When the kids, they really look high, they are trying to reach there first. So, I keep my expectations high."
She knows what they are capable of, even solving math problems and reading. It's because of that that her Kindergarten students are asking to go to the library on the weekends.
It's also the way she comforts her students that made a parent decide to nominate her.
"Enjoy them," Mrs. Shamim says. "When you enjoy them, by looking at them, you know, the things they do, funny things. Sometimes they say funny things, you know, or incomplete words. The little ones really touch your heart."
She's going as far as teaching her students to be caring and thoughtful by writing thank you notes to each other, even for sharing.
"I'm really helping my community," she says "I'm really helping the people around me. When you are respecting and loving to your child, they are going to be yours. They're going to love you, they're going to listen to you and they're going to be going behind you."
Not only being a positive influence on the little ones, but parents say she's making a difference in their lives as well.