An Alisal third-grade teacher was named a "Symetra Hero in the Classroom" by Symetra, Wells Fargo and the San Francisco 49ers.
"Katie Crawford is the embodiment of what a teacher should be. Patient, fun and caring, she instills a love of learning in her students while creating a classroom environment that fosters their academic, emotional and social growth," said Lindsay Franco, an Alisal parent who nominated Crawford for the award.
Crawford was honored Dec. 17 during a surprise classroom presentation in front of her students and peers.
"I was completely shocked. It was amazing," she said.
The award included a $1,000 donation which will be used for classroom technology, said Crawford -- who added that she is in the process of buying Chromebooks.
Crawford also received tickets to the Dec. 20 49ers home game against the San Diego Chargers, where she was able to introduce the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders at the start of the game and visit the 49ers museum.
Crawford, along with 16 other K-12 Bay Area teachers, was selected by a group of judges who were looking for teachers with a passion to go above and beyond in the classroom, said Symetra spokeswoman Diana McSweeney.
"You put in your time and effort and it's like second nature," Crawford said. "To have that be recognized is humbling.
According to Franco, any child that steps in Crawford's classroom will be positively influenced not only by her engaging student methods but also by her warm, genuine personality.