Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 2 a.m.
The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce honored Rogers Elementary School teacher Maggie Reardon at its luncheon Wednesday as part of the Clark County School District's Teacher Appreciation Week.
The fourth-grade teacher received a $1,000 check from the chamber, school supplies from Office Depot and a standing ovation from luncheon attendees for raising her students' standardized test scores.
When her students came into her classroom at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, they were woefully underperforming. About 40 percent of students were proficient in reading and just 20 percent were at grade level in math.
By the end of the school year, 100 percent of Reardon's students were proficient in both subjects, according to the district.
"This puts Maggie among the teaching elite," chamber Chairman Jay Barrett said.
Reardon thanked her principal, staff and parents for the honor and for supporting her during her 13 years with CCSD.
"If I can get a kid to be literate, I think I'm saving lives," she said. "But it's not just about academics. I want my kids to be good role models."