Mrs. Julie Parsons, principal and grades 5-8 teacher at J.N. Andrews Christian Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was named Teacher of the Month for April 2013 in a local radio station’s contest. Parsons was selected based on an essay written by 8th grader Jamison Prull. In her essay Prull described how much it has meant to her to have Mrs. Parsons as her teacher for the past four years. Prull, who has attended J. N. Andrews for seven years, said, “The school has been a big part of my life, and I am truly blessed to have had this opportunity.”

Prull added that both Mrs. Parsons and K-4 teacher Mrs. Leesa Morrison “are the greatest part of the school, and to have a great school you have to have amazing teachers.” Parsons said that she was very honored to have been nominated. Her prizes included a trophy, balloons, baked goodies and a “stay- cation” at a local hotel.

Guest author Judy A. Hansen is a member of the Cedar Rapids Church.