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Teacher Tribute: Austin Elementary teacher Kelle Ratcliff receives honor

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 10:46:37 AM CDT
Updated On: Feb 28 2013 09:23:06 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

Another teacher from Austin Elementary Kelle Ratcliff won Teacher Tribute. Ratcliff is a kindergarten teacher and was nominated by her former student Ashley Filorio.

Filorio said this in her letter, "Mrs. Ratcliff you are my favorite teacher because you are caring, loving and thoughtful. You always put others before yourself."

Tears of joy fell down Kelle Ratcliff's face after she read it to hundreds of Austin Elementary students.

"That letter, aw, I mean I don't see how it would not bring tears to anybody's eyes," Ratcliff said. "It was just so kind and thoughtful. It's something I will always remember."

Ratcliff has been teaching for nine years. Her reason for becoming a teacher? She wanted to do something that made a difference.

"I'm very excited and shocked and honored all at the same time," Ratcliff said. "It's just the small things that make you feel appreciated."