Many times we go about our day doing what we know and love never sure if what we are doing makes a difference.

When a teacher decides that children are the only way for a better tomorrow they don't look for acknowledgement from anyone.

On Thursday morning, first year teacher Amanda Gonzalez at Schallert Elementary was honored as the April Amazing Teacher by the Alice Echo-News Journal and Bowden Ford of Alice.

“I've always wanted to be a teacher. I love working with kids,” Gonzalez said. “ and making a difference. It's my job to get them ready for the future while making an impact any way I can."

Gonzalez teaches kindergarten and loves knowing her students are ready for something new to learn everyday.

She was a speech assistant before she got her teaching certificate from Texas Teachers, an online certification.

Vanessa Gonzales, a parent to one of Gonzalez's students nominated Amanda Gonzalez for the award.

“She is the most amazing person. She has so much patience with my kiddo. She always keeps me updated on my child's progress. We love her," Vanessa Gonzales said.

"This has totally turned my day around," Amanda Gonzalez stated. "I feel so special and loved. I know that (parents) know I'm trying my best in their kids' lives and they trust me."

The AENJ will continue to surprise a teacher each month until May. To nominate a teacher whose made a difference in your child's life, you can click on the nomination Amazing Teacher button on our website at