This month's Topnotch Teacher comes from Longfellow Middle School.
She's praised as a 7th grade literature teacher who makes a lasting impression on her students.
even if reading and writing, aren't at the top of their list.
News 8's Leah Linscheid has the story.
Abby: 5340 "I'm not the best writer or speller."
Literature can be a hard thing to, get into.
3547 "I wasn't very good at literature and reading stuff before."
Maddie Eber: "40 Literature was not my favorite class in 6th grade"
...But that's not the case for Ms Popp's 7th grade class.
"I think her being a teacher it turned out to be my favorite class during 7th grade."
5542 "I always knew I wanted to become a teacher."
For Pam Popp, this classroom is home.
5613 "Teaching is really important to me, because I think about our future.
I think about wow, all of these kids are going out into the world, and i just wanna pay it back." 5630
"You could go to her and talk to her about anything, and she would talk to you like you were a daughter or a son." 5103
It's those kind of lasting friendships that Ms Popp says she cherishes most as a teacher.
"Sometimes you don't realize what the impact of 7th grade was, and then a couple of years later, you'll hear, 'Remember that story we read? I did a project on that.'" 1430ish
Ms Popp's impact has been lasting - so much so, that she was nominated for Top Notch Teacher, by old students from her past 7th grade classes.
who haven't forgotten their old friend.
MADDIE 4138 "I come down and visit her, some of my friends come down and visit her, we love doing that."
3507 "She was always a little more than a teacher, she was kind of like a friend." 3514
Literature might not be their favorite subject.
"I'm more of a math and science girl".
but it's one thing that brought these students together in 7th grade.
That, and a pretty great teacher.
Ms Popp has been teaching for 20 years.
and she doesn't plan to leave her home in Longfellow's 7th grade classroom, anytime soon.