Posted at: 04/17/2013 5:36 PM
By: Laura Lee
_ (ABC 6 News) -- ABC 6 News loves honoring our area educators.
This week's Excellent Educator is an elementary teacher from Rochester.
"For years, I've seen different people that I know get the award, but never thought that anyone would go ahead and nominate me, so its quite an honor," says Wendy Tufto.
Tufto has been teaching for 20 years -- her current role -- teaching 2nd grade at Ben Franklin Elementary in Rochester.
"It's the only thing I've ever wanted," says Tufto of teaching. Ever since she was a little girl, teaching was in her life and she owes that to two very important people.
"My aunt Viola was a one room school teacher, she has inspired me about teaching, and my uncle taught me my first word, 'Bob,' his name," chuckles Tufto. "So they have meant a lot to me in my life."
Hoping to share some of her love for education with her students.
"Instilling in them that they are a part of something big," she says, "we've come up with a motto, TEAM TUFTO -- Together Everyone Achieves More."
And with Mrs. Tufto leading they way, they sure will.