Nov 14, 2008 5:05 PM by Susan Davies
Abby Spillman, first grade teacher at Heritage Elementary school in Pueblo is this month's Teachers First teacher. For 32 years she's taught elementary school children. For the past 16 years she's molded 1st graders.
Those who nominated her praise her passion and joy and willingness to always go "the extra mile" for her students. She's gone to children's houses to meet with parents for teacher/parent conferences. She often stays after school on her own time to help children with reading problems.
Her philosophy is to treat students the way she'd want her own children to be treated. Often students come back years later to invite her to graduations and thank her for what she taught them.