BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) – This morning, the WCCO Morning Show is honoring another excellent educator in the metro who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives.

A truly excellent educator knows there’s more to learning than academics, and this week’s honoree says creating a safe environment for his students is always top of mind.

Fifth-grade teacher Alex Tofte was nominated by a parent of one of his students. That parent said their child has been diagnosed with a learning disorder, and praised Tofte for making his classroom an encouraging environment.

“He has gone out of his way to make sure that she is successful in the classroom, and challenges her to do better at all times,” the nomination letter read. “As a teacher I am impressed with his relationship with his students, and as a mom I am truly thankful for his patience and help.”

Tofte said he appreciated the recognition.

“Creating a safe environment for these kids is priority number one for me, and making sure that they know that I’m here for them and they’re here for each other,” he said. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world.”

You can nominate a deserving educator by going to the WCCO Morning Show’s Facebook page, telling us their name and why they should be WCCO’s Excellent Educator of the week.