Collinsville teacher cares for students in and out the classroom, wins $500

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – KPLR 11 has recognized a local teacher for the dedication she’s shown to her students both inside and outside the classroom.

Rakya Johnson nominated Ukyah Rawls, a fifth-grade teacher at Dorris Intermediate School of the Collinsville Community Unit School District 10, for KPLR’s Tools For Teachers award after she noticed Rawls’ positive impact on students’ lives.

“Ukyah goes above and beyond in every aspect of what it means to be a teacher,” Johnson wrote in her nomination. “She not only strives to provide the best education to her students, but she also provides them with skills and lessons to navigate their lives.”

She went on to describe Rawls’ involvement in forming the school’s Black History Museum, a program that creatively teaches students about famous African Americans. And not only does Rawls lead an after-school Bible study, but she frequently attends the kids’ extracurricular activities during school nights and weekends, as well.

Both Rawls and Johnson joined KPLR 11 Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, so that Rawls could receive her $500 award from Weber Chevrolet.

If you would like to nominate a local teacher for our Tools For Teachers award, click here.

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What happens when kids get great teachers? Their world of possibilities open. In 2014, KPLR in partnership with our friends at Weber Chevrolet, will show our appreciation for the local teachers in our area. We need your help! Tell us about a teacher who has made an impact in your life and once a month, Weber Chevrolet will give a local teacher $500 to use in their classroom.

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