Did you know that May 6 is the start of Teacher Appreciation Week? They deserve our recognition every day for the challenging but rewarding work they do.

Every month we select one of these "Top Teachers" you have nominated, who excel at motivating and inspiring students inside and outside the classroom, and for their dedication to their communities, school, their students and school families.

This month, 104.5 KDAT is proud to honor Ms. Karen Gwinnup of Cedar Rapids Washington High School, a math teacher who works with English as a Second Language students.

Zachary Smith nominated her and shared these words: "She teaches our algebra prep and readiness class and has a class she co-teaches with many beginning ESL students. She is absolutely amazing at breaking down math in simple language terms so our English language learners are able to learn these math concepts. I have never in my time teaching seen such a patient, diligent and thorough teacher who loves having diverse learners in her classroom."

Ms. Gwinnup's exceptional commitment earns her a $25 gift card from Half-Price Books and Collins Road Movie Theatre passes.

Congratulations again to Karen Gwinnup!

We'll pick another winner on Friday, June 7 to wrap up this school year, so give us your nominations for a "Top Teacher" here.