A Coastal Bend College of Alice professor was honored Monday afternoon with the January Amazing Teacher Award.
Sharon Bland has been a teacher for more than 25 years. She started in George West and for the last 15 years she's been at CBC.
Her nomination for the Amazing Teacher Award was from Monica Moreno who was in Bland's Credit Recovery class at the Alice High School.
"Mrs. Bland has been a person. (She) always sees the good in everyone who walks though the door," Moreno said. "You can be the kid that never does any thing and goofed off all day, but she will still see the bright side of you."
In her lengthy career, her mission is to never scare any student away from learning. Currently, Bland teaches the Flex program for students at Alice Independent School District. The Flex program helps AISD students who can't be in an ordinary classroom to get to graduation.
Bland found herself teaching after she went through a divorce and had two young boys to care for.
The, now, 69-year-old woman can't imagine doing anything else with herself.
"I couldn't makeup my mind about what I wanted to do. I decided I wanted to do something where I can be with (my children) and be off when they were...I found that I loved it."
The mother of three, grandmother of 17 and a great-grandmother has never wanted to get recognized for doing a job she loves.
"This is a surprise," she said about the award. "I do love my job and this is a great honor."
This is Bland's third award in her career. Her first award was Teacher of the Year while at George West Junior High, her second award was from the AHS JROTC, and now the Amazing Teacher Award on behalf of the Alice Echo News Journal and Bowden Ford of Alice.
AENJ will continue to surprise a teacher every month until May with the Amazing Teacher Award. To nominate a teacher visit www.alicetx.com.