“It’s amazing,” Luker told KCBD. “It makes me feel special and it helps me feel like I’ve been recognized, that people do see that my hard work has paid off. Sometimes I feel like they don’t. This proves that they do see it. So, I’m really excited.”
Luker has been an educator for more than two decades, working her way up through the school system. She is now a 2nd grade math teacher.
“I started out as a teacher assistant in Kindergarten at Bozeman Elementary,” Luker said. “I’ve been doing this for 22 years. I went back to school late in life because I thought this is what I want to do. So, hopefully I’ve touched lives.”
Luker says she not only works to prepare students for the math problems down the road but also whatever life brings their way. As she knows, great things can happen later in life.
“I always tell my kids keep in touch with me,” Luker said. “I want to know when you graduate, invite me to your graduation, invite me to your college graduation, and they look at me like I’m weird. I want to know where you’re going in life. So, teaching has really been good for me because it helps me appreciate what I have. It helps me pour out my heart to the ones that don’t have that.”
The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity or non-profit organization that will also receive $500. True to her devotion to making sure her students have a bright future, she chose the Roosevelt Education Foundation.
“The Foundation helps students from Roosevelt that have graduated to pay for their college, their tuition, their room and board, just to move further on in life,” Luker said.
The Education Foundation also finances grants for its teachers.
Rick Harrison, General Manager of Frontier Dodge, told KCBD that the opportunity to aid these local educators and nonprofits is rewarding.
“A lot of our neighbors, family, friends and coworkers have students in the schools and it’s nice to see the local impact on what this program does,” Harrison said. “A lot of the nonprofit organizations are local organizations. So, it’s a local impact and that’s why we love doing it.”
To nominate a teacher for One Class at a Time, click here.