SACRAMENTO - Special teachers can and do make a difference every day in the lives of children and families.
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Monterey Trail High School Special Education Teacher Cindy Polonsky is News10's December 2013 Teacher of the Month.
For Gold Trail School Performing Arts Teacher Glen Cain, the sound of success is evident with every note his students hit.
SACRAMENTO - Students of McClatchy High School biology teacher Libbie Coleman like the respect she shows them and her style of teaching.
SACRAMENTO - His students say when you walk into John Buckmaster's classroom, you know you're in for something special.
SACRAMENTO - Her degree is in bio chemistry, but August's Teacher of the Month found her love and career in education.
ELK GROVE - Teacher Jenny McDonald is shaping young minds in her first grade class at Elliott Ranch Elementary.
ELK GROVE - After spending just a few hours inside the Celeste Harris' class at Ehrhardt Elementary, the dedication she puts into her profession is clearly evident.
SACRAMENTO - Inderkum High School Teacher Cristy Pitts is an 8-year English- Literature teacher who said she works to instill hard work and respect into her students.
MARYSVILLE - She calls herself a late bloomer having raised her family before taking on the tall order of teaching, but make no mistake, Richenda "Ricky" Nagle is right where she belongs.
NATOMAS - The corporate world had its perks, but they weren't enough to keep Natomas High School teacher, Robynne Rose out of the classroom.
FAIR OAKS - It's not often that you hear children call their teacher by her first name, but if it evens the playing field and makes her students more comfortable, Kim Battistessa is all for it.
STOCKTON - It's one thing to love a job, but to never want to miss a day in 29 years is something much different. Lori Gobbi calls it passion, for a group of students she thinks of as family.
STOCKTON - The idea of teaching a room full of teenagers at an inner city school may worry some, but News10's Teacher of the Month Elzira Saffold calls it an opportunity to give her students the tools to succeed.
ELK GROVE - A career in social work is where she started, but it didn't take long for Linda O'Neill to figure out, teaching a classroom full of kindergartners is where she belonged.
ELK GROVE - Students call her Mrs. Songbird, but as much as music is a part of who Dianne Steiner is, her caring spirit is what her first graders will remember most.
MODESTO - The extras are hard to come by in public schools, but for Dan Glenn there are some things he doesn't want his 6th graders to go without.
MODESTO- She visits five schools a week, hundreds of students each year and despite a rigorous schedule, Silver Lamb's passion for music only gets stronger.
CITRUS HEIGHTS - She goes horseback riding and even skydives, but for Tara Larson her real adventure came when she decided to take on teaching teenagers at New San Juan High School.
SACRAMENTO - When he was a sixth grader begging his parents to play the trumpet, Jeremy Hammond never imagined he would end up standing in front of hundreds of teenagers teaching music.
CARMICHAEL - Sixth graders at Mary Deterding Elementary School in Carmichael didn't know what to expect when they walked into Terry Minton's class for the first time, but it didn't take long for the uncertainty to turn into a sense of comfort.
CARMICHAEL- Turn knowledge into action and have a voice. It's a lesson elementary school teacher, Nicki Garcia wants her students to remember.
SACRAMENTO - As a young woman her career path was uncertain, but for the last 30 years Lynette Chertorisky has known her passion is teaching.
SACRAMENTO - She teaches students about the importance of history but Jennifer Hilleary is also known as "Coach".
MARYSVILLE - Tim Dant teaches students more than just academics and hopes they help make a change in the world around them.
EL DORADO HILLS - History teacher Kevin Tierney will even make house calls to help students.
LATHROP - Students are burdened by problems at home. To focus them on academics, Mark Shima says he's both teacher and friend.
SACRAMENTO - Students help each other when they do homework in class. Carolyn Orr said learning success comes from within.
FOLSOM - Barbara Harris encourages her students to do their best so they can take part in her drama program featuring Shakespearean plays.
SACRAMENTO - Many struggled in other classes but under teacher James Van Buren's no nonsense approach, students excel.
SACRAMENTO - Alyson Stanley generates interest in English literature by showing the relationship of stories to her students' lives.
SACRAMENTO - Joanie Wickham plays guitar and has her students sing in an effort to help them remember their lessons.
ROSEVILLE - Teacher John McClung constantly questions students to make sure they understand their math lessons.
SACRAMENTO - William Jones elicits the opinions of his students and strives to motivate them to care enough to find the right answers in his classes at Luther Burbank High School.