American Leadership Academy Gilbert South Elementary teacher Cheryl Ramirez was honored as the 2018 Hometown Hero Award by Queen Creek’s Modern Woodmen Youth Service Club at a special ceremony at the Gilbert school on Sept. 28.
Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program gives community members the chance to thank those who selflessly give their time to make the world a better place. Recipients of the award are those who uplift and motivate with the little acts of service that they do on a daily basis, said Donna Miller, Queen Creek’s Modern Woodmen Youth Leader. Miller’s daughter, Maggie, nominated Ramirez, her third-grade teacher at ALA Gilbert South Elementary.
"Cheryl has a natural ability to motivate and inspire children,” Mrs. Miller said. “She has high expectations and is bold with holding them accountable. I am forever grateful for her love and support she has given my family. She is my hero because she inspired my kids to reach for potential they didn’t know they had.”
Every Modern Woodmen Youth Club has the opportunity to recognize a hero in their community once a year. Ramirez was chosen as their chapter’s recipient out of a group of other school employees, coaches, and youth mentors.
Ramirez, who became a teacher because of her “helper’s” personality and love for kids, said she was very surprised when she found out she was being named a “Hometown Hero.”
“It is really humbling to be recognized for my time and dedication,” Ramirez said. “Hearing all the nice things parents and students had said about me was very heartwarming, and it definitely put a big smile on my face.”
Ramirez’s dedication to her school and students is contagious and is recognized not only by her students’ families but her coworkers as well.
“Cheryl Ramirez is not only an amazing teacher but a selfless individual,” Sheila Frame, ALA Gilbert South Elementary Director, said. “She is continually looking for ways to improve her classroom community and help develop a strong school culture. She is a great leader and role model for the students at our school.”
Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization. They secure futures with financial guidance and products. They touch lives with fraternalism. Since 1883, Modern Woodmen has brought people together, supported families and strengthened communities nationwide. Modern Woodmen chapters, Summit chapters, and youth service clubs provide their members with opportunities to get involved in meaningful projects in their respective communities. As a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen is a 501(c)8 tax-exempt organization that sells financial products and gives back to communities nationwide.