Shepherd teacher named a Hero in the Classroom

Andrea Nordberg, a seventh-grade math teacher at Shepherd Junior High, won the Hero in the Classroom Award from the Arizona Cardinals and the University of Phoenix.

Andrea at the gameShepherd math students adore their Hero in the Classroom. She makes learning fun, and she makes sure the kids succeed!

The Cardinals honored Andrea Nordberg at the Oct. 2 game vs. the New York Giants.

During the regular season, the Cardinals and the University of Phoenix recognize three teachers before each home game. 

Nordberg, who was nominated by Principal Eileen Cahoon, received four tickets, four VIP sidelines pregame field passes and an Arizona Cardinals jersey.

"I was very honored to receive this award. What a great experience it was! I'm very thankful to Mrs. Cahoon for nominating me and recognizing the dedication I have toward my students," Nordberg said. "My students inspire me to be a good teacher. I absolutely love my job. I'm thankful every day to work with the people at my school, and to represent Shepherd Junior High and Mesa Public Schools."


Andrea’s students adore her and describe her classes as “awesome and wicked fun.” Andrea is a hero in the classroom because she spends long hours preparing lessons that keep the students interested, active and thinking.

Math games, such as Whack-a-Mole on the SMART Board, The Unfair Game with clickers and Scavenger Hunt Mental Math, are just a few of her students’ favorite activities. Students love being in her classes due to her constant smile, happy personality and welcoming demeanor.

Andrea Andrea’s students appreciate the many extra hours she puts in to help them understand the complexity of math.

One student wrote, “I learned the most from Mrs. Nordberg because she worked one on one with me until I understood it.”

Another student wrote, “Mrs. Nordberg helped me before and after school with my math because it is not my best subject.”

Andrea, Shepherd’s Math Department chair, presents workshops for her colleagues so that all students benefit.

Last summer, she taught summer school in June, conducted orientation for incoming students in August, assisted the office staff and developed curriculum.

Andrea’s most heroic quality is working tirelessly with students who have not been successful in math. She truly changes the lives of her students. As one young lady put it, “I wasn’t good at math, but now, thanks to Mrs. Nordberg, I feel confident in myself that I can make it through college.”

— Eileen Cahoon, principal, Shepherd Junior High


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