Parkersburg, W.Va. (WTAP) - Ronda Lemon is a special education teacher at Hamilton Middle School.
Parents say she has a heart of gold and is always willing to go the extra mile for her students, even finding mentors for her students who need them.
She refuses to give up on her students and refuses to let them give up on themselves.
Lemon says she was surprised to be nominated by one of her students.
"I never thought that anybody ever noticed anything that I do, I just try to do what each kid needs and it's nice to be recognized. Get involved with these kids, roll up your sleeves, you don't know how much impact you're going to have on their lives. I didn't realize I had a lot of impact," Lemon said.
Patrick, the student who nominated her said, "She's an awesome teacher."