Local television station NBC 7/39 has launched new, on-air recognition programs to honor outstanding students and teachers.
The Inspirational Student of the Month and Inspirational Teacher of the
Month segments will both be reported by longtime NBC news reporter Rory
Devine, who was a teacher herself before entering the field of
To nominate a student, go to http://www.nbcsandiego.com/station/community/Inspirational-Student-of-the-Month.html.
To nominate a teacher, go to http://www.nbcsandiego.com/station/community/Inspirational-Teacher-of-the-Month.html
The first Inspirational Student story, on Preuss School senior Jerome
Sanders, aired March 4. The first Inspirational Teacher story will air
March 18, featuring Cajon Valley Union School District teacher Sharon
Keffer. New segments will air on the first and third Thursdays each
month (students on the first Thursday, teachers on the third) during
NBC’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.
“It is my favorite part of the job, absolutely,” Devine said. “I meet
students who touch my heart, some because they are reaching out to help
others, and some because they themselves have overcome obstacles to be
successful. Oh! The stories they tell!
“I always say to them that while they’re being honored, and they get to
be on TV---and yes, that’s cool---they may also be making an impact on
someone who’s watching---a kid struggling in school, a kid in the middle
of a difficult family situation. They may never know who they’ve
Referring to the Inspirational Teacher of the Month packages she’ll be
doing, Devine said, “I’ve been in many great classrooms as a reporter,
and seen such unbelievable teaching, I love the opportunity to bring
that kind of information, and that kind of story, to people who wouldn’t
otherwise see it. The work that teachers do really IS inspirational.”