High 5 for South Jordan teacher

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SOUTH JORDAN -- As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, KSL gave a High 5 to a kindergarten teacher in South Jordan. We logged more than a dozen e-mails nominating Brenda Hassard for a High 5 -- the most nominations we've ever received for one person.

The principal at Early Light Academy called a staff meeting for 6 a.m. Friday. The meeting actually was set up so that we could surprise Mrs. Hassard.

High 5 for South Jordan teacher

"Mrs. Hazard is an amazing woman," said parent Annel Andersen. "Before school even started, she came to each one of our homes and met each child on their own turf just so they could get to know her. That really meant a lot."

"When my husband had surgery she called and checked on him," she added.

Parents describe Mrs. Hazard and aide Mrs. Joellen Olsen as loving and caring. "When a child is struggling they come up with some type of fun game to make it easy and worthwhile," she said.

Mrs. Hazard said, "I love children. These are the most wonderful children in the world. I love being able to impact their lives and teach them things I hope will help them all the rest of their lives -- teaching them to read, teaching them about honesty, kindness, fairness, love, teaching them the tools that will help them have a happy life and caring for other people."

As part of the High 5, those at the meeting got pie courtesy of Marie Callender's.

If you'd like to nominate someone for a High 5, click here.


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