Jefferson County elementary school teacher honored by President Obama

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Educating our children, by and large, is a thankless job.

But for Normandy Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Carrie Jordan,  she will be thanked.  And who better than by the President of the United States.

"It gives me chills," Jordan said.

Jordan is one of 213 teachers from around the country to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence.

"I walked right down to my principal's office to show Rebecca.  Look, and she went, 'Oh my god!'" Jordan said.

Jordan's is in her first teaching job.

"I'm 23 years in.  I don't know what else I would do," she said.

She has seen a lot of changes since her start in 1993.

"When I started you had the curriculum. You taught it and they were expected to get it. And this year, they're not," Jordan said.

One thing has stayed the same all these years: Her affection for her students, and vice-versa.

We posed a question to math class: Why do you like your teacher?

"Because she's really a lot of fun," one student said.

"Math. She teaches it not like 'open up your page to page 63', she says it in a fun and exciting way," another said.

"She's really nice and she hands out a lot of candy," admitted a third.

In addition to the Presidential Award, Jordan will receive $10,000 to do with what she pleases.

That's a whole lot of candy.