KINGMAN - Shila Eidman was looking to make an impact when she chose teaching as her profession.
"I want to create future citizens and have a positive impact on society," she said.
Eidman is in her seventh year of teaching, her second at White Cliffs Middle School. She teaches Spanish and world culture to students in grades 6-8 at WCMS, and has taught Spanish to high and middle school students in the past.
She has made an impression on eighth-grader Christina Baca, who nominated Eidman for a Kingman Unified School District Honor a Teacher Award.
A portion of Baca's nomination letter about Eidman states: "She is always on top of things and always good at it. She is also a good friend - the kind of friend you can go to when you need a hug or help.
"She has done more than teach. She has touched everybody in their heart. Mrs. Eidman is the person you could and should look up to and say, 'That's who I want to be.'"
Eidman received a plaque made by drafting students at Kingman High School, a $10 gift card to The Dambar & Steakhouse, and a plant from Heaven's Scent as the latest HAT recipient.
How does she keep students focused and on task?
"I do a lot of cooperative learning, so students are responsible for each other's work," Eidman said.
Principal John Venenga, who presented the plaque and gift card, bemoaned the fact he will lose Eidman next year. She will switch to La Senita Elementary School, where she will teach English Language Learners in kindergarten through second grade.
Eidman holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Montana earned in 2001. One is in Spanish and the other in K-12 education.
She said her professional goal is to be an outstanding teacher.
In her spare time, Eidman enjoys fly-fishing, camping, hiking and swimming.