Mrs. Jill Swanson teaches at Maxfield Magnet School in St. Paul.
Her sponsor says Mrs. Swanson has helped many children believe in themselves and she believes in every one of her students.
"Everyone who chooses to teach at a school like Maxfield signs on to a personal mission," Swanson said. "We love the kids, understand their challenges. Many of us have not lived through the same challenges but we try to help them when they are in a secure, safe place, be the best they can be."