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Boulder Ridge Elementary School Teacher Erin Lipsitz Receives September ‘Teachers are Heroes Award’

Teaching offers many challenges but offers rewards that go far beyond the benefits provided by a day-to-day job. KATY- 101.3 The Mix (KATY) and Azusa Pacific University (APU) is excited to kick-off the Teachers are Heroes program for the 2018-2019 school year. On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Mrs. Erin Lipsitz, fourth grade teacher at Boulder Ridge Elementary School, was surprised with the first Teachers are Heroes award for this year.

Mrs. Lipsitz was nominated by Tiffany Lallande-Banks, the mother of one of Lipsitz’s students who said, “Mrs. Lipsitz assisted in the development of the girl’s STEAM Club, and also runs an after-school Math program. She inspires kids to learn outside the box.”

Boulder Ridge Elementary School Principal Jon Mitchem, provided additional comments saying, “Erin Lipsitz is a game changer. Mrs. Lipsitz has the uncanny ability to know what students need before they know what they need. She makes learning fun, engaging, and connects the material to the student’s own lives. More importantly, Mrs. Lipsitz models the beliefs that learning is important and is a lifelong endeavor. She has attended multiple professional development seminars over this past summer and has utilized those strategies in her classroom with great results. Erin is a kind, caring, and thoughtful teacher who comes to work each day with the mindset that ALL of her students can achieve greatness and learn at a higher level. Mrs. Lipsitz knows that not all learning has to take place in the classroom and has not only opened her classroom up to after school tutoring but has assisted in the start of our very first Boulder Ridge Dance Company! Mrs. Lipsitz is an asset to Boulder and we are grateful that she is Bulldog! ”

Lipsitz was awarded with a Teachers are Heroes certificate, a $100 Visa gift card provided by Thinkwise Credit Union, and other prizes from the Mix prize closet plus the entire class enjoyed a pizza party from the Pizza Factory in Temecula. All selected teachers and their classes will receive tickets to attend an end of the year celebration.

The Teachers are Heroes program will run through April 2019. Teachers can be nominated by students, parents, and even other school administrators. For more information go to, keyword: Teachers or go to